Primary Stars PL Supports Campaign

Published: 27/07/2023

As part of this week’s Premier League Supports campaign, we are shining a light on our Primary Stars programme. The PL Primary Stars uses children’s passion for football to engage them in learning. Rotherham United delivers the programme in 25 partner schools supporting more than 1000 young people in Rotherham.

The Primary Stars programme provides educational opportunities for young people across Rotherham from core curricular subject interventions to social action projects and football competition. This academic year the RUCST has worked with pupils who have taken part in subject areas including the below:

  • Active English & Maths interventions
  • PSHE interventions
  • Reading support
  • Leadership training
  • Protect the planet projects
  • Social action projects
  • Competitive football events
  • PE support for teachers to develop confidence
  • Education activations

The RUCST team has received a series of glowing testimonials. Have a read of them below!

“The PE Support programme has exceeded my expectations – I am now confident to do lots more PE teaching, such a lovely coach to work with, thank you!” Ms Mountain Kilnhurst Primary.

“Thank you so much for Saturday. We had a tremendous time at the New York Stadium playing in the premier league primary stars half time cup. What an honour it is to play there in front of the RUFC crowd.” Ms Jepson St Albans

“I just wanted to pass on how wonderful the staff who lead the sports leadership training at SJA were. The staff particularly the Visually Impaired team were so thrilled at how inclusive the session was. The children loved it, so please pass on our thanks.” Helen McDonald Springwood juniors (PLPS leadership targeted intervention)

“The children loved it on Thursday it was all they were talking about on the playground Friday.” Mr Armstrong (PLPS banter vs bullying education activation stadium day)

Jonny Gilberthorpe, Schools & Sports Participation Manager at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Primary Stars provides positive experiences and educational opportunities that can be a lifeline for young people to flourish in primary education.

“It’s an honour to facilitate such a positive programme to the pupils of Rotherham and we are delighted to integrate PL Primary Starts into our education and coaching delivery.”