Hoedt sees impact of PL Equipment Scheme

17 Sep 2018

Southampton defender takes part in PE lesson to find how kids at Swaythling Primary School are learning as they play

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Children at Swaythling Primary School are being inspired in physical education lessons thanks to the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme.

Through the scheme, the Southampton school received an equipment pack for the new academic year from the Premier League.

The pack includes footballs, bean bags, numbered cones and A-Z floor markers. This equipment not only engages the schoolchildren during PE lessons but helps their learning.

Ahead of Southampton's Monday evening match with Brighton & Hove Albion, defender Wesley Hoedt visited Swaythling Primary to see how the school and a Primary Stars PE lesson run by the Saints Foundation are using the equipment to inspire the kids.

Hoedt took part in an exercise where the children had to use both their throwing skills and their numeracy skills as numbered circles were targeted with bean bags for simple sums. 

"I like the twist that they had to use some maths so it's not only playing but it's education as well," Hoedt said.

The equipment, combined with the PL Primary Stars programme, not only helps the Swaythling kids, but also teachers at the school.

"The best thing about the programme for us is that the teachers have really developed their confidence in planning lessons with a range of activities, a range of sports, and being able to do that on their own as well," Kate Evans, a Year 6 class teacher, said. "And the children get a lot more from it."

The Kit and Equipment Scheme is available to all schools registered with PL Primary Stars.

This year's application window for the PL Primary Stars Kit & Equipment Scheme is open until Friday, 26 October. 

See: PL Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme

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