Players including Michael Keane, George Boyd, Ashley Westwood, Stephen Defour, Matt Lowton, Dan Agyei and Ashley Barnes visited various year 9 classes to congratulate pupils on participating in the Premier League Enterprise programme delivered by Burnley FC in the Community staff.
Schools attended include Colne Primet Academy, John Fisher and Thomas More Roman Catholic High School, Sir John Thursby Community College, All Saints’ Catholic High School and Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College.
As well as posing for photographs, the players handed out certificates and took part in short question and answer sessions, telling pupils how important learning about business studies and enterprise skills are to their future career development.
Using football to engage pupils in Year 9, the Premier League Enterprise programme aims to reach students who may have issues with attendance, behaviour, motivation, confidence or academic achievement.
Tasks set range from re-designing Turf Moor, to increasing Burnley FC’s presence overseas and provide a real-life context to students’ learning.
The entrepreneurial programme also allows students to learn how to manage budgets, work as part of a team and develop presentation skills.
Since it started in 2015, 93% of participants recorded a positive outcome after taking part in the programme, which includes at least 20 hours contact time with the team from Burnley FC in the Community.
Schools have also reported over 45% improved attitude and motivation in school from participants, as well as over 40% improved confidence and self-esteem.
Cathy Myres from Colne Primet Academy said: “It’s been fantastic having staff members from Burnley FC in the Community working with our students on the Premier League Enterprise programme.
"The students that took part found certain areas of the school curriculum difficult but they have all engaged well with the programme.
"It’s been wonderful to hear the positive feedback and they have all learnt valuable skills which they will take forward with them into other aspects of their studies.
"I can’t recommend the Premier League Enterprise programme enough!”
Matt Parish, Director of Education and Inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community addedL “We are delighted with the success of the Premier League Enterprise programme.
"At Burnley FC in the Community we are committed to actively reaching out to members of the community and the programme helps us to make long lasting connections with local schools.
"The player visits have been fantastic, it’s a brilliant incentive and just one of the many benefits schools can get from working with the community team on the Premier League Enterprise programme.”
To discuss how your school can get involved, or for more information on the Premier League Enterprise programme please contact Matt Parish on 01282 704716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org