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NEAT Trust School Benefits From Premier League Trophy Visit

Walkergate Community School enjoyed a surprise visit from the Premier League Trophy last week, as part of their involvement in Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS).

Pupils at the school took part in an assembly led by the Premier League and Newcastle United Foundation where they learned about the history of the iconic trophy, how it was made, and why it looks the way it does.

Teachers and children then gathered in their classes for the opportunity to take a photograph with the trophy.

A partnership with Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT) has enabled

West Walker, Walkergate, Central Walker, and Tyneview school to benefit from 36 weeks of Foundation Premier League Primary Stars delivery in each school.

Thanks to their involvement in Premier League Primary Stars, the children and teachers at Walkergate were given the once in a lifetime chance to see the trophy up close.

Premier League Primary Stars aims to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.  Foundation staff also work with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects within local partner schools.

Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.

Peter Jackson Primary Area Co-ordinator (Newcastle & Gateshead) at Newcastle United Foundation said:  ‘We’ve been working at the schools for a few months now and we are seeing some exciting progress from the pupils, the behaviour and attitude of the pupils has been excellent. The visit of the Premier League trophy to Walkergate is a testament to the incredible opportunities Premier League Primary Stars can provide.

‘We’re looking forward to working closely with the NEAT Trust and their schools for the remainder of the school year to support teachers and pupils to provide high quality lessons and a love of physical activity and PE.’

Debi Bailey, CEO of NEAT added: ‘The visit provided a fantastic opportunity for our children and staff. We were not only given the chance to see the cup up close but more importantly, it provided another opportunity to inspire our young people

‘As a group of schools, we are benefiting greatly from the fantastic partnership we have with Newcastle United Foundation. NEAT has a commitment to ensuring all our young people have the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful citizens. We all believe being physically fit and active is a very important part of realising this vision. The opportunities we receive through Newcastle United Foundation are instrumental in helping us make a difference within our school community.’

Further information on Premier League Primary Stars programme, which is available to every primary school in England and Wales, can be found here.

Check out our video below to see more of what happened on the day, and find out more details about the Foundation’s work with PLPS!

For more information or to request a copy of our Primary Stars brochure in a different format please contact Liam Atkin
07580115303 or email

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