BFCitC were delighted to welcome Sean Dyche and Jack Cork to a Premier League Primary Stars lesson at St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School this week.
The visit, in conjunction with EA Sports, was also the launch of the new resources EA Sports is providing to the programme.
Through the use of in-game motion capture technology, used in games such as FIFA and Madden NFL, the video game company has been able to support the Premier League in creating real-time PE resources that demonstrate vital PE skills.
For the PE session at the school, which sits less than a mile from Turf Moor, BFCitC staff focused the activity on the concept of ‘evading an opponent’ and how to most effectively accomplish his through movement and agility.
Joining the BFCitC Sport Development team in delivering the lesson, the gaffer helped to provide the children with valuable insight into how this translates into the real word of football and how the team work hard together to build a solid defence when playing.
He said: I know that FIFA is a hugely popular video game so it makes perfect sense to use it as vehicle to engage kids around PE.
"By demonstrating exercises using in-game FIFA characters, you’re talking to them in a language they understand. It’s a brilliant idea.
“The Premier League Primary Stars programme is backed by our Community department and they are doing some fantastic work.
"Can these kids get some good out of what we offer as a club? Yes, they can.”
Fresh from the Clarets’ thrilling draw against Manchester City, England ace Cork lent his knowledge as one of Burnley’s star midfielders as how best to outwit an opponent and work with your team-mates to get the best out of a session.
Matt Pounder, Head of Sport at BFCitC said: “It’s extra special for us to have the manager and Jack join us for one of Primary Stars lessons.
"Every week we’re seeing how this flexible, dynamic and curriculum-linked programme is getting our local children actively engaged in sport, as well as literacy and numeracy.
“For the pupils to enjoy insight from a Premier League Manager and player is invaluable and we know they’ll put this unforgettable experience to great use in their upcoming sessions.
“The programme is already proving hugely popular locally with thousands of pupils engaged and benefiting every day from the many elements of the programme.
For example, recent analysis of the literacy strand of the programme has shown children’s enjoyment of reading double and one in three pupils make a year’s progress or more in their reading ability through the programme.
“This is just an snapshot of how versatile this programme is and we want as many local primary schools as possible to benefit from this brilliant Premier League initiative. It’s simply a case of getting in touch!”
Premier League Primary Stars is a new national primary school programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Burnley FC in the Community can provide in-school support to teachers, delivering educational sessions to schools in their communities.
Free teaching materials ensure the rounded programme, which covers everything from PE and maths to resilience and teamwork, is available to every primary school in England and Wales. www.plprimarystars.com.