Young footballers from around Camborne and Pool had a taste of success last week when the Premier League trophy came to Cornwall.
The cup was in the county as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, aimed at encouraging youngsters to get involved in football.
In the morning the trophy, accompanied by staff and team members from Plymouth Argyle and Argyle Community Trust, visited Roskear Primary School, where they ran a series of sporting and educational activities, and updated teachers on the latest educational resources and ideas via the Premier League Primary Stars website.
Jez Weeks, programmes executive with the Premier League, said in some parts of the country the league was working with local football teams to introduce more PE, sports and educational programmes, but in others they had to travel in with players from further afield, such as bringing the Plymouth Argyle team members to Cornwall.
In the afternoon the trophy was taken to Pool Academy where a football festival was held between 16 primary school teams from the area.
Pool Academy Principal Claire Meakin said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to host, it’s a great opportunity for the children. They have been excited for days, and thoroughly enjoyed the training and festival.”
After being nominated by a parent who registered for the new Premier League Primary Stars Programme, a free online resource for teachers across England and Wales, the school and academy were selected at random to receive a visit by the Premier League trophy and team.
The Premier League Primary Stars programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Plymouth Argyle midfielder Joel Grant took part in both morning and afternoon activities said: “It’s incredible for something as big as the Premier League trophy to come to the south west and inspire the young players. I remember playing in junior tournaments and having something like this come to your school is a real boost to your ambition.”
“It’s also been a great experience for me to not only see the trophy, as I never have until now, but to meet the primary school players and the Cornish post 16 football scholars and speak with them about their journey and what they hope to achieve.
This prize-giving is the culmination of the national campaign, which encouraged teachers and parents to sign-up to the free online curriculum-linked resources, which has so far seen more than 9,000 parent nominations for over 5,000 primary schools.
Premier League Primary Stars inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field and is available to every primary school in England and Wales. The website offers a range of resources specially designed to use the inspiration and fun of sport to connect pupils’ learning to the world around them, including information packs, classroom assets, videos and planning tools, all curriculum-linked for English, Maths, PE and PSHE.
Premier League Primary Stars also encompasses events like the Premier League Schools Tournament and offers, like the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme, which has seen schools apply for free Nike strips for their school football team and special equipment packs.