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Laiba’s a Premier League Primary Star

Local schoools benefiting from Community's Premier League Primary Stars programme

21 June 2017

Burnley FC in the Community are proud to deliver the Premier League Primary Stars programme, meaning local school children in Burnley and the surrounding areas can improve their learning skills and get in on the Premier League action.

The innovative programme aims to engage and inspire boys and girls aged 5-11 years old and has been carefully developed with teachers to use the power and popularity of the Premier League to motivate school children and connect their learning to the world around them.

Primary Stars has the backing of former England international Frank Lampard and children’s author Cressida Cowell and schools that sign up are provided with curriculum-linked resources for PE, PHSE, English, Maths and Enterprise.

Learning materials such as assembly ideas, videos, differentiated activities (online and classroom-based), teacher notes and assessment support is delivered by Burnley FC in the Community staff to every school that registers for the programme.

Schools that sign up are also in with a chance of winning a visit from the Premier League trophy.

Burnley FC in the Community are excited to be able to offer this fantastic programme to schools across Burnley and we are now taking bookings from schools! 

Check out Laiba’s story below to find out how it’s already changing lives in the local community.

Laiba’s story

Burnley FC in the Community began working with Reedley Primary School, delivering the Primary Stars Programme with a key focus being placed on the PE strand of the programme.

One of the pupils who has benefited massively from the initiative is 11-year-old Laiba Ahmed Mahmood. Laiba was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy and has a number of associated learning difficulties.

Community Primary Stars

Having encountered much difficulty during her time at Reedley due to her complex needs, she required a lot of extra support in lessons, particularly PE, where teachers struggled to cater for her specific needs, while ensuring that the remaining 29 pupils in the class were engaged, included and benefiting from the lesson.

Burnley FC in the Community Sports Coach Liam Ashworth saw the potential in Laiba and felt she could learn a lot of transferable skills through PE. He spent a considerable amount of time planning for lessons within Reedley, considering the needs of the children with a specific focus on how Laiba could be engaged.

The impact of this was Laiba began to feel more involved, included and valued amongst her peers, which is the obvious improvement, given that previously, she hadn’t engaged in much, if any, PE.

Laiba began to interact in new ways, while developing her physical literacy and in the short time since engaging with Burnley FC in the Community and coach Liam, the journey she has been on has been inspiring.

Sarah Bell, Head Teacher at Reedley Primary School said: “Laiba’s confidence is at an all-time high, and her Primary Stars lesson has become the highlight of her week.

“Liam’s kindness, patience and understanding allows her to develop at a rate that she feels comfortable, which is an approach I have mirrored across the school, as it works for Laiba as an individual.”

Burnley FC in the Community Coach Liam said: “Laiba is a special girl, who has bags of potential and she courageously overcomes the challenges of her disability. To help Laiba, I have used all the tools in my arsenal to find one that works for her.

“It is through my AfPE Level 3 training and the Premier League Primary Stars programme, that I can proudly say that we are currently helping Laiba achieve things that once, not many people would have dreamt possible.”

Burnley FC in the Community are currently looking for local schools to work with on the Premier League Primary Stars programme. To find out more information about how you can get involved contact Head of Sport Matt Pounder on or call 01282 704 716. 

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