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8 July 2019

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme engaged with over 4,000 Primary School pupils in the Wigan Borough.

  • Latics Premier League Primary Stars programme engaged with over 100 schools in the last academic year.
  • The Trust works with primary schools over a minimum of 10 weeks to support and upskill teachers in the delivery of high-quality PE and PSHE.
  • Initiative aims to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, in the playground and on the sports field.

Over 100 schools during the last academic year were the beneficiary of the programme which covers everything from supporting high-quality PE and sport in school to engaging learners in English and Maths and tackling challenging topics within the PSHE curriculum.

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. 

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator Katie Wells said: “The Trust’s English, Maths and PSHE targeted interventions help to increase the pupils' physical and mental wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem and skills and knowledge.

“The Premier League Primary Stars team at Wigan Athletic encourage children to display more positive behaviours and attitudes towards learning and inspire and engage them through and alternative approach to learning.

“The feedback overall has been extremely positive. Teachers have responded well to our mentoring programme which has been a real highlight of the project for the last three years.

“To have engaged with 102 Primary Schools this academic year alone has been incredible and we aim to continue this level of success with the launch of the new programme in September 2019.”

The Trust works with Primary Schools over a minimum of 10 weeks to support and upskill teachers in the delivery of high quality PE and PSHE. The academic year has seen 160 teachers supported through the programme with 1969 sessions delivered by Trust staff.

Michael Fletcher, Assistant Headteacher at Leigh St Peter’s said: “Primary Stars has improved staff confidence when delivering PE meaning fun and engaging lessons and increased pupil participation.

“The Community Trust staff have modelled professionalism at all time. They have excellent behaviour management strategies and always keep pupils engaged. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff.”

Meghan Clayton, PE Lead at St Cuthberts said: “Kids have been more active and have engaged in a wider variety of sport. Sport values have been reinforced alongside our school values and kids have a really positive attitude to sport.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from all the teachers and we’ve enjoyed working alongside the coaches from the trust and we’re excited for next year.”

For more information about Primary Stars, please email Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090.

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