Tom Heaton surprised pupils at Whittlefield Primary School by joining in with one of their Premier League Primary Stars PE lessons, helping children get active on their return from the summer holiday break.
The Clarets' goalkeeper and club captain joined Year 5 and 6 pupils at the Burnley school in a session which involved a mix of physical education and mathematics activity.
Heaton also donated a Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack, including footballs, numbered and lettered floor spots and giant dice, which teachers at the primary school can use in lessons across the curriculum to help inspire children to learn and be active.
The back-to-school visit coincides with the opening of the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme application window, which enables primary school teachers across England and Wales to apply for a free Nike football strip or a free equipment pack like the one donated by Heaton.
Burnley FC is one of 101 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs in England and Wales which provides in-school support to teachers and pupils as part of Premier League Primary Stars – the organisation’s education-linked community programme.
England international Heaton said: “To be involved in the Primary Stars initiative today has been great. You can see the children enjoying it, mixing the maths and the literature with the physical activity – it’s brilliant! It’s a different way of educating that carries a lot of weight. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon.”
One pupil said: “We played noun games and number games today – it makes PE more fun having all this equipment! It was exciting and fun meeting Tom. He was very nice.”
Helen Kershaw, Headteacher at Whittlefield Primary School, said: “We’re big on sports here – we believe in the benefits of mixing physical education with English and mathematics.
“The impact of the Premier League Primary Stars programme is huge. Through the sessions, we can identify the positive changes not only in the children’s academic achievement but in their self-esteem and their confidence. Through Primary Stars, Burnley FC in the Community make a real difference here.”
Run in partnership with Nike, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme provides primary school teachers with football kit and equipment to aid active lessons both in the classroom and on the sports field.
The scheme is available to primary school teachers who register to participate in Premier League Primary Stars at PLPrimaryStars.com, where curriculum-linked resources including lesson plans and worksheets are available to download for free.
Teachers based in England and Wales have until 26 October 2018 to visit PLPrimarystars.com to register and apply for the free Nike kit or equipment pack.
To find out more about how Burnley FC in the Community can bring Premier League Primary Stars to your schools, please click here.