PARTICIPATION | Premier League football kit gifted to girls by Rotherham United Community Trust

Published: 01/03/2024

Girls from St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Kilnhurst Primary School, Flanderwell Primary School, and Redscope Primary School will receive a brand-new Premier League football kit, as part of the League’s ongoing support for women’s and girls’ football. The schools applied to receive the kit, which includes 13 outfield sets and one goalkeeper set plus optional… Continue reading PARTICIPATION | Premier League football kit gifted to girls by Rotherham United Community Trust

Girls from St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Kilnhurst Primary School, Flanderwell Primary School, and Redscope Primary School will receive a brand-new Premier League football kit, as part of the League’s ongoing support for women’s and girls’ football.

The schools applied to receive the kit, which includes 13 outfield sets and one goalkeeper set plus optional Nike 2.0 hijabs, thanks to their involvement in the Premier League Primary Stars programme with Rotherham United Community Trust.

Delivered in partnership with Nike, the Premier League Kit Scheme will see more than 58,000 girls in more than 4,000 primary schools across England and Wales receive the free football kit, featuring the Premier League and No Room For Racism emblems.

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “Football is a game that everyone can enjoy, and it has the ability to empower and inspire young people in the classroom, the playground and on the pitch. I hope the girls enjoy their new Premier League kit and that they continue to reap the many benefits that football can bring, both on and off the pitch.”

Girls football teams from Redscope, St Bede’s, Flanderwell & Kilnhurst Primary Schools have been taking part in Rotherham United Premier League Programme and have received Premier League Primary Stars football kit to celebrate their involvement in the programme & commitment to girls football. Girls have taken part in a mixture of activities from assemblies discussing active allies & equality in sport to intra school football matches and coaching sessions, all have had RUFC women’s first team players and the mascot, Miller Bear, present to celebrate the occasions.

Nicola Cahill, from Redscope Primary School, said, “Thanks so much for the assembly at Kilnhurst Primary and to Delia for sharing her inspirational story as a female in football, the girls are very excited to make use of the football kit, it is definitely going to be a key factor in more girls playing football on a regular basis in our school.”

Jonny Gilberthorpe, Sports Participation Manager at Rotherham United Community Trust, told us “We are really excited to be able to offer this to our local schools, we have recognised the significant increase in girls football activities across Rotherham, especially with the growth of our extra curricular female football offer. Now, with thanks to the Premier League Charitable Fund, the kits will inspire more girls to continue the growth of female football across primary education.”

We also spoke to Delia Hurdiss, a Rotherham United Community Trust employee who also plays for the Rotherham United Women F.C. first team, she said “I have been playing football since primary school, and always had to play on the boys team as there wasn’t an option for a girls team when I was younger. Now, I am able to go into schools as part of my job and encourage young girls to get involved in football and see girls teams. It is amazing to be a part of!”

“This week, going into the 4 schools and launching the kit has been an honour. I have been able to share my story, show the girls that it is possible to play football as a girl, talk to them about my career in football now, and if it has just inspired one young girl that is amazing.”

The Kit Scheme is just one element of the Premier League’s primary school education programme, Premier League Primary Stars, and builds upon the 7,000 free football kits that have already been given away via the Premier League’s primary schools programme since 2017.

Dan Burrows, Senior Director, Nike Social & Community Impact said: “Nike is delighted to partner with the Premier League on the Kit Scheme for girls. Our work with partners like the Premier League is vital to removing cultural, social and economic barriers to participation, so all young people, especially girls, have an opportunity to benefit from play and sport. Together, we can create an active next generation and a more equitable future for all.”

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to help children to be active and develop essential life skills.

The free primary schools programme enables children to take part in, and enjoy, more football, sport and physical activity, as well as increasing their interest, understanding and confidence in English, PSHE and Maths to support their development of skills and values that are crucial to success in later life. More than 19,000 schools across England and Wales have engaged with the programme to date.

Premier League Primary Stars provides teachers and parents with free downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

Currently, 104 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local partner schools. More than 68,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources, to date.

The total Premier League investment into the programme, via the Premier League Charitable Fund, is over £60 million, to date.

For more information, please visit Premier League Primary Stars