School Visits

Premier League referee Kevin Friend goes back to school to hand out new football kit


Pupils and staff from Eyres Monsell Primary School were delighted to welcome Premier League referee Kevin Friend yesterday (Wednesday 28 February).


The referee helped the Leicestershire school to launch their Premier League Reading Stars programme, as well as hand out their new Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment pack.


The pack contains a full set of playing kit and equipment, including 15 shirts, 15 shorts and 15 pairs of socks as well as a set of cones for use during football sessions. This will hugely benefit pupils of all ages participating in football after school who would not ordinarily have access to such helpful resources.


The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.


Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.


Also available is a free downloadable suite of resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.


Mathematician Rachel Riley and children’s authors Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman also helped to create the teaching packs, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant and engaging context for children.


Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: “Congratulations to Eyres Monsell Primary School on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport.


Mrs Kerry Hill, Eyres Monsell Primary School Headteacher, said: “This resource will go a very long way to help children across the school take part in football and encourage those less willing to participate. In the process we are confident this will boost the self-esteem and physical wellbeing of our children. We would like to thank the Premier League for gifting the kit and equipment pack.