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PLPS Five Year Anniversary Celebrations

Celebrating five years of Premier League Primary Stars

20 June 2022

Habiba named Colchester United’s Premier League Primary Stars ‘Superstar’ as schools programme marks five-year anniversary.

The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

To celebrate, clubs have nominated a ‘Superstar’ – a young person or teacher who has inspired others through their dedication to the programme, enthusiasm and own personal development.

One person who has benefitted from their involvement in the programme is Habiba of White Hall Academy in Clacton-on-sea who has been named as a ‘Superstar’ by Colchester United Football in the Community as part of the programme’s five-year anniversary celebrations.

Habiba was chosen as Colchester United Football in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars Superstar because of her dedication and commitment to the Primary Stars projects she took part in at her school. The levels she went to enhance her learning and support her piers was a credit to her and her school.

We will be visiting Habiba this week to share her Superstar Award!

Each ‘Superstar’ will receive a Nike Strike football, thanks to Premier League partner Nike, and a framed, limited-edition five-year anniversary illustration, created by graphic designer and digital illustrator Zem Clarke.

Colchester United Football in the Community’s began its Premier League Primary Stars delivery in 2016.

During the current 2021/22 academic year Primary Stars projects have supported 8662 young people and school staff through 948 lessons across 45 local schools.

Premier League Primary Stars provides teachers and parents with free downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

Currently 105 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools. More than 58,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We launched Premier League Primary Stars five years ago to support teachers and use the power and popularity of football to inspire children in the classroom and on the sports field.

Clubs do fantastic work to support children’s learning and we are very proud that this national education programme now engages more than 18,500 primary schools in England and Wales.

Congratulations to all those who have been recognized as a Premier League Primary Stars Superstar, as part of the five-year anniversary celebrations, and thank you to all those involved in the programme over the years.”

The Premier League funds Premier League Primary Stars and other community programmes through its £100m investment per season in community facilities and community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world. 

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