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PL Primary Stars giving Cyrus a new life at school

1 Jun 2018
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Fulham are using Premier League schools programme to help one pupil develop leadership skills and confidence

Meet Cyrus.

He is a Year 5 boy at St Mary's Primary School, in west London. His involvement at school has grown significantly thanks to the work of the Fulham FC Foundation and Premier League Primary Stars.

"Cyrus was identified to us as someone that was very, very intelligent, but lacked a lot of confidence in themselves," says Matt Weller, a Fulham FC Foundation coach.

His teacher, Nick Allen, adds: "When I first taught Cyrus he was very quiet and shy, almost nervous when approached, wouldn't look you in the eyes, he'd look down." 

So Matt, at Fulham, looked to bring out that confidence in Cyrus in school. He was helped by Primary Stars and its free curriculum-linked resources that helps teachers bring learning to life and inspire pupils.

"The lessons are designed around winning and losing, problem solving and perseverance, and developing resilience," Matt explains.

By having the chance to develop teamwork and leadership skills through Primary Stars, Cyrus is able to communicate his ideas to his friends better.

"Since working with coach Matt, I learned that it doesn't really matter about winning or losing, it's more about having fun and helping others," Cyrus says.

"The more people I help, the more confidence I get."

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