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21 February 2017

Orrell Holgate are the 29th school to get involved with the Premier League Primary Stars programme

Wigan Athletic first team stars Will Grigg and Callum Connolly visited Orrell Holgate Primary School last week to celebrate their involvement in the Premier League Primary Stars programme. 

Orrell Holgate are the 29th school to get involved with the programme since it was launched in November 2016.

With support from the Premier League, the Primary Stars programme involves specialised coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust providing free P.E sessions for primary schools whilst also offering mentoring and support to teachers to increase their knowledge around P.E.

Between September 2016 and July 2017, the Community Trust aims to work with 80 primary school teachers, and provide over 50 schools with up to 70 hours of coaching support. 

Callum said: “When I first got to the school I was so surprised as to how many of the kids knew me. That gave me a big boost of confidence straight away and it just shows that if they’re supporting us every week then it’s important that we support them too.”

The Premier League Primary Stars is a national scheme that uses the appeal of professional football clubs to improve and enhance P.E and other curriculum areas in primary schools, and develops skills and values that are crucial to success in later life. 

Gail Worrall, Head Teacher at Orrell Holgate, said: “The players were fantastic and are great role models for the children. It’s not just this event that has been successful, the programme as a whole has been wonderful for the school because it really inspires the children.

She added: “The encouragement and the belief the coaches from Wigan Athletic give the children is brilliant. They make sure every child succeeds and we’ve had really positive responses from parents too, which is just as important to us.” 

To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme, please contact Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on 01942 318090 or email

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