Noah Dougherty
Wednesday 05 February 2020

FGR Community have begun delivering Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) in local primary schools this year.

The community team deliver a number of fantastic initiatives including supporting PE lessons, delivering English interventions, arranging player visits and coaching lunch time and after school sports clubs since its launch in January.

We are currently delivering two after school clubs (ASC) and one lunch time club this term where both football and multi-sports clubs are offered to girls only, and mixed gender groups.

One of the schools engaged in the scheme is Thrupp Primary, where coach Rob Mant is delivering PE lessons, English interventions and an all-girls after school football club. T

The uptake has been very impressive, and in a few short weeks, despite inclement weather, we have grown our Thrupp Girls ASC from eight to thirteen girls and already have a waiting list for next terms mixed ASC.

We are currently delivering two ten-week English interventions in Nailsworth and Thrupp Primary schools. Using the PLPS resources prepared by the National Literacy Trust, including presentations, video clips and active resources. They have really enabled our coaches to deliver interactive, fun and engaging lessons breaking down the stigmas that are associated with reading.

The Head Teacher reported back “I spoke at Governors last night about your programme and said how pleased I was with the level of engagement and participation of the reading group, plus the positive comments from the children. We feel very lucky to be part of this initiative and working with you, thank you.”

When our two current Ambassadors at Thrupp School had organised a visit from an FGR player, FGR Community were able to start discussions with the school about delivering our PLPS project.

 

Walt, who’s hoping to be an FGR Ambassador next season, heard that we were coming to his school and was so excited at the visit that he had introduced himself before the assembly started.

After the assembly, still beaming Walt managed to get a photo and autograph from Liam Kitching.

“The visit was the highlight of my son's school life to date. He was absolutely delighted,” said Walt’s Mother Suzanne.

In a short time we have seen the Premier League Primary Stars project already raise our profile in the local community, introducing the programme has expanded our already great educational offer, allowing us to build and improve our relationships with local Primary Schools.

If your school would be interested in joining the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, please contact james.grady@fgr.co.uk