Dan Burn and Adam Bogdan joined in with the fun at St Luke's Primary School in Lowton
PE and sport delivery in Wigan primary schools has been given a massive boost thanks to a new Wigan Athletic Community initiative backed by the Premier League.
The Premier League Primary Stars programme will see specialised coaches from the Community Trust help to upskill and mentor 80 primary school teachers in PE and provide over 50 schools with up to 70 hours of free coaching.
To celebrate the investment from the Premier League, Latics first team players Dan Burn and Adam Bogdan visited one of the participating schools, St Luke’s Primary School in Lowton to join in with a PE lesson.
They also took part in the with the Daily Mile challenge, an Inspiring Healthy Lifestyle backed scheme, to encourage all primary school schools in Wigan to help their pupils go for a mile run or walk each day.
Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn, said: “I really enjoyed the session and meeting all the children. St Luke’s Primary School are fortunate that they receive two hours of PE a week, which is massive because in some schools you don’t get that.
“When I was younger, physical activity wasn’t as prominent as it these days, so sessions like this are really important. The coaches did a fantastic job and it was great to see so many happy faces.”
The Premier League Primary Stars aims to offer a world-class primary schools programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to improve and enhance PE and other curriculum areas in primary schools, and develops the skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.
Gareth Nolan, Schools Services Manager for Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We work with Primary School teachers on a weekly basis for a minimum of 10 weeks, and in some cases for the whole school year, and our aim over this year is to work with 80 teachers across 20 Primary Schools.
“The lesson at St Luke’s was linked into the national curriculum and consisted of a throwing and catching session with pupils from year three and their teacher. All the lessons we deliver are planned around the national curriculum, and we work mainly with differentiation in PE, the assessment of PE and the planning of PE, so when we leave the teachers will be confident in those areas.”
Heather Moorfield, PE teacher at St Luke’s, who has been mentored by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The teachers here have become a lot more confident since we’ve had the coaches from Wigan Athletic come in. The children really love the sessions and it’s raised the profile of PE in our school considerably.”
To find out more about the School Sports programme, please contact Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org