Burton Albion will be represented by John of Rolleston Primary School in the regional events of the Premier League Primary Stars U11 National Girls Football Tournament, in a bid to claim their place at the 2023 finals.
Ten regional events will be staged at community facilities across the country, with hundreds of young people representing Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs hoping to win the opportunity to play at Elland Road, home of Leeds United FC, in the playing kit of their respective professional football club.
Last year, more than 800 young people took part in the regional events. Caerleon Lodge Primary School, representing Newport County, are the current champions having won the tournament in 2022 at Vicarage Road, Watford.
The U11 National Girls Football Tournament is one of the competition elements of the Premier League Primary Stars programme. Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to help children to be active and develop essential life skills.
Premier League Head of Community Nick Perchard said: “The Premier League Primary Stars U11 National Girls Football Tournament creates an amazing opportunity for girls from across England and Wales to come together and represent their professional football clubs. The regional events help to get more girls into football and bring young people together from diverse backgrounds.”
Premier League Primary Stars enables teachers to use resources across English, Maths, PE and PSHE, to support children to develop skills and values that are crucial to success in later life. Currently 103 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local partner schools.
Reece Brown, BACT School Sport Coordinator said: “We’re very excited to be hosting the Regional tournament for 10 CCO’s this year, and we wish John of Rolleston the best of luck for the day. It’s the second consecutive year they’ve won the Local tournament and are now representing Burton Albion again in the Regionals. Last year they were fantastic and made it through to the National Finals at Watford in May, so we’re hoping for a repeat performance.”
The free primary school programme provides teachers and parents with downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with subject experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.
More than 60,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources.
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About the Premier League
The Premier League produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities, and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.
About Premier League Primary Stars
Premier League Primary Stars inspires children to learn through the power of football in more than 18,700 primary schools across England and Wales. There have been over 17m attendances by primary school pupils at club-led sessions since 2017, with 103 professional football clubs across the football pyramid receiving funding from the Premier League to deliver these. More than 60,000 teachers have registered for free downloadable lesson materials, with 91% of teachers surveyed saying Premier League Primary Stars has increased pupils’ enjoyment of sport. The total Premier League investment, delivered via the Premier League Charitable Fund, over the last five years is £54m.
Free Premier League Primary Stars resources can be downloaded from www.plprimarystars.com.