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21 September 2017

Children from St Andrew's, St Anne's and Our Lady Aspull Primary Schools were in attendance.

  • The festival marked the relaunch of Premier League Primary Stars in Wigan.
  • Event was ran in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
  • Poet Matt Goodfellow and author Tom Palmer were special guests.

Children from three Wigan Primary Schools attended the Community Trust’s first ever literacy festival at the DW Stadium on Thursday as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The event, run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, saw pupils from St Andrew’s, St Anne’s and Our Lady Aspull Primary Schools take part in a variety of literacy activities, which included a poetry workshop with Matt Goodfellow and a visit from author Tom Palmer.

Children were also taken on a tour of the DW Stadium and had photographs with the FA Cup, while academy players Theo Roberts and Tyler Golden also took part in sessions.

Premier League Primary Stars was a success in primary schools in Wigan last year, with specialised coaches from the Community Trust helping to upskill and mentor 80 teachers in PE and provide over 50 schools with up to 70 hours of free sports coaching.

Mrs Bithell, Teacher at Our Lady Aspull Primary School, said: “The festival was an amazing experience for the children and to be able to meet and work with people like Matt and Tom was so inspiring for them. They blew us away with their enthusiasm for their work, it was just brilliant.

She added: “The relationship the school has with the Community Trust is fantastic. The range of activities they do week in week out is great and the children love it, so to have that connection with the football club is unique and we can’t thank them enough.”

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.

Christopher, Year 6 pupil at St Andrew’s Primary School, said: “I really enjoyed the day, and in particular when I had the chance to work with Tom because he was an interesting person and very funny. I love writing stories and find it a cool thing to do.”

Jim Sells from the National Literacy Trust, said: “We’re really proud to be a big part of Primary Stars because it's such an awesome programme that is inspiring thousands of children across England and Wales. It's a treat to be amongst it all and the way Wigan Athletic deliver it is fantastic."

To find out more about the School Sports programme, please contact Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090.

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