'PL Primary Stars impact has been staggering'

4 May 2017
Matt-Lowton, Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League programme is making a difference at St Stephen's Church of England Primary in Burnley

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What is Premier League Primary Stars?

Primary school teachers can register for free resources and parents can nominate schools by visiting Premier League Primary Stars 

St Stephen's Church of England Primary School is one of 20 schools that work with Burnley FC in the Community (BitC) in their Premier League Primary Stars programme.

BitC deliver six lessons a week at the school and last week pupils had a day to remember when Burnley defender Matt Lowton dropped by to join in with a PL Primary Stars PE lesson.

Jonathon Pye, St Stephen's PE co-ordinater and Year 6 teacher, said: "The difference the Premier League Primary Stars programme has made in our school has been staggering.

Matt Lowton, St Stephen's Primary School, Premier League Primary Stars
Matt Lowton saw how PL Primary Stars is making an impact at St Stephen's

"Our pupils have found motivation and have increased their aspirations through the programme, with days like today, when a Premier League footballer comes into school to support our learning and development.

"I can't thank Burnley FC in the Community and the Premier League enough for their ongoing support."

As well as supporting the programme, which aims to support 10,000 primary school in England and Wales by 2019, Lowton was helping to launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme.

The scheme, supported by Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation, gives teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment for their school that can be used for different subject areas.

"It’s been great to visit St. Stephen's today - it took me back to my PE lessons at school, which I always enjoyed," Lowton said.

"The Premier League Primary Stars programme is such a great initiative for our local community. These children and their families support us every week no matter what, so it's great to inspire them to be the best they can be."

Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free kit or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at

Parents can also nominate their school via the website. This year's application window opens from 24 April-9 June.

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