Premier League Primary Stars was launched in March 2017 with the ambition to engage 10,000 schools by 2019. Since then the programme has already engaged more than 15,000 primary schools in England and Wales.
Last October the Premier League Writing Stars campaign was rolled out to schools as part of the Primary Stars literary resources. This competition asked children to write a poem about resilience. The response was overwhelming as more than 25,000 five to eleven-year-olds put pen to paper to write about giving an insight to what resilience means to them. The winning and highly commended entries have been published in a limited-edition poetry book: ‘Try, Try Again’.
The competition was backed by an all-star judging panel including Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard, Everton FC footballer Yannick Bolasie, Charlie & Lola author-illustrator Lauren Child and young people’s poet Caleb Femi.
Winners of the competition.
The book also features poems written by friends of Premier League Primary Stars which include TV presenter Ben Shephard and Premier League Champion Alan Shearer.
So what is Primary Stars and how can you download free resources?
Premier League Primary Stars is a national curriculum-linked education programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. 101 Premier League and professional football clubs are now delivering Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools
There are two parts to the programme:
1) The in-school support provided by Premier League and professional football clubs
2) Bespoke free-to-download teaching resources created specifically for primary schools, available on PLprimarystars.com
The programme offers free downloadable teaching resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE – each subject has bespoke lesson plans including worksheets, teaching instructions and video content featuring famous faces to help motivate
Resources available include:
• PE, English, Maths and PSHE materials for girls and boys aged 5-11
• Lesson plans to help educate children around key values including equality and diversity, self-esteem, resilience, teamwork and fair play
• Certificates and stickers for teachers to reward and recognise pupils for behaviour that reflects four Premier League values: Be inspiring, Be connected, Be ambitious, Be fair
• Video content
• Creative writing competitions
• Free football kit and sports equipment
• Free book boxes
The resources have been created in partnership with teachers and education specialists such as the PSHE Association, National Literacy Trust and other key stakeholders. Children’s authors Cressida Cowell (‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series) and Dan Freedman (‘Jamie Johnson’ series) advise the the programme’s English resources, and mathematician Rachel Riley is a consultant in the development of Maths teaching resources.
Premier League Primary Stars also offer activities for parents and children to use at home – all available for FREE on
Check out the BEST maths lesson ever!!!
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 20, 2018