Primary Schools Come Together For Premier League Primary Stars Competition
Primary schools from across the region came together last month to compete in the Primary Star Premier League competition, put on by Newcastle United Foundation.
The series of tournaments saw 54 teams from Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, and Gateshead take each other on for the chance to qualify for the Grand Final on the 9th February.
The Final will take place at Newcastle United’s training ground in the first team tent, with the winners from each heat representing their area. Players will also get the chance to have their picture taken with the Premier League trophy which is due to visit the city on the same day.
The final games will be played out to decide which two teams, one girls and one mixed, will represent Newcastle at the national competition due to take place at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on 23rd May.
Premier League Primary Stars is a new Premier League schools programme which launched in September 2016. It aims to develop skills and ambition both on and off the sports field, with resources for girls and boys aged 5-11 years old.
The programme provides free, curriculum-linked Key Stage 1 and 2 classroom resources for School Sport and PE designed to promote equality and diversity, encourage life skills such as teamwork and resilience and, deliver key messaging such as anti-bullying.
Schools Partnerships Coordinator for Newcastle United Foundation, Liam Atkin, said: ‘It’s been great to see so many teams attending and enjoying the competitions the Foundation have put on. All the players have benefitted from the Primary Stars initiative at their schools and this is just another way for the children to build on what they’ve learned in the classroom and use their newfound skills on the sports field.’
Of the 54 teams that took part in the competitions, four mixed teams and two girls’ teams advanced to the Grand Final.
Mrs Robinson, teacher at St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, said: ‘It’s lovely how the children can excel in something other than academia. Sport gives them another opportunity to shine and be the best they can be.’
‘We’ve not only seen an improvement in the children’s sport but also in their other work at school. The boys support each other a lot better, their communication skills have come on as well, so it’s good all round.’
And the children seemed to enjoy it just as much as the teachers and coaches.
Ben Hewitson, who played in the Gateshead tournament, commented: ‘It was really fun. I think we did well as a team.’
‘It helps us get along better, so we know more about each other and we can get to know everyone better. And the coaches always do really well and they’re really nice as well!’
You can see some of the best pictures from the tournaments in the gallery below!
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