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'It's an experience Carly won't forget'

24 Jan 2017
Carly, Preston North End, Primary Stars, Christmas programme competition,

Kingsfold Primary School pupil gets a day to remember after winning Preston North End's Premier League Primary Stars programme competition

It is not every day that your design graces the front cover of your local football club's programme.

But that honour was given to pupil Carly after she won a Premier League Primary Stars competition run by the Preston North End Community and Education Trust.

Her Christmas-themed design stood out from hundreds of entries from local schools and youngsters and part of her prize included her getting the full VIP treatment at Deepdale for the Boxing Day fixture against Leeds United.

Carly's Kingsfold Primary School also had a day to remember when first-team players Alan Browne and Paul Huntington came in to present them with their own framed programme signed by the whole Preston first-team squad before answering questions put forward by the pupils.

"Not everybody is able to have their drawing on a front cover of an official matchday programme, given an exclusive ground tour and go on the pitch at half-time for a photo, not in one day anyway," said Carly's mum Trace. "I'm sure it's an experience she won't be forgetting in a hurry."

PNE Community and Education Trust currently works with 16 schools through their PL Primary Stars offer, which involves the delivery of fun and educational lessons to get children learning and active while encouraging teamwork, communication and resilience.

"The sheer scale of entries we received for our Christmas Programme Competition goes to show the impact Preston North End can have in its local schools and therefore the responsibility we have to help inspire ambition and support these children to achieve their personal best," said Harriet Creighton-Levis, schools provision manager at PNE Community and Education Trust.

"Through the power of sport, we have created a cross-curricular competition for all pupils to take part in regardless of ability. It provided access to the club on a busy matchday and from this we gained some fans for life after the bespoke experience."

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to engage with young people, developing skills and ambition on the football field and in the classroom with resources for girls and boys aged 5-11.

It provides free curriculum-linked Key Stage 1 and 2 classroom resources for PE and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), added to which Maths and English will follow. To register, visit the Premier League Primary Stars website.

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