Students from Unity College met with Burnley FC striker Rouwen Hennings for a Q & A session at Turf Moor as part of their final session of the Premier League Enterprise Programme.
Pupils from the school have taken part in the 12-week project, which has included workshops based at Turf Moor and Unity College. Premier League Enterprise works with students who struggle at school and aims to improve attainment in Literacy and Numeracy as students complete football-themed sessions to build skills and confidence in these subject areas.
Chris Hudson, a teacher at Unity College, said: “The Premier League Enterprise has really helped a lot of the pupils come out of their shell, as they’ve worked in small groups with children they wouldn’t normally do in school. They were also really excited to meet Rouwen and received some great responses from him, which will hopefully inspire them for the future.”
The project, which works with children in Year 9 who are disengaged from learning, is funded by the Premier League and Burnley FC directors Brian Nelson (Parklane Textiles), Barry Kilby (Total Gaming Solutions), Mike Garlick (Michael Bailey Associates) and Brendon Flood (Burnley Football Club).
The benefits of the project spread right across school with teachers reporting improvement in attitudes, motivation and attainment in all areas, after students have taken part in the programme.
Burnley FC in the Community has been delivering Premier League Enterprise to schools in Burnley and Pendle for just over 12 months and evaluations from schools demonstrate that more than 75% of participants achieve increased levels of attainment as a result of taking part in the programme.
Striker Hennings joined the group to answer questions on his childhood and football career, as well as awarding certificates to the children for completing the course, which is delivered to different groups across the school year.
Lewis (13) said: “I’ve enjoyed the puzzle tasks most and the workshops we’ve done at Turf Moor have been great. I support Burnley FC, so it was great to be able to go to the Cardiff City game this week at Turf Moor with Premier League Enterprise.”
Rouwen also signed autographs and chatted to pupils about their time on the project, and some even took the opportunity to try out their best German on the player!
Burnley FC in the Community’s Head of Education, Matt Hargreaves, explained: “We’ve seen a positive improvement from the pupils both academically and socially, as they’ve completed tasks in different size groups, including designing a stadium, and building a brand new football team. The Premier League Enterprise helps engage pupils in their learning and by working with us at Burnley FC in the Community, we can use the club and sport as a vehicle to help them achieve.”
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