Darton Primary Oakwell Visit

Darton Primary School pupils visited Oakwell today as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The children took part in a number of activities as part of a collapsed curriculum day with RITC coaches.

In the morning the pupils took part in a fun classroom workshop, working on team building through building towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

They also got the chance to see behind the scenes at Oakwell Stadium during a ground tour, learning more about the Reds’ history.

After lunch, the pupils then took part in a football session on the outdoor training pitch.

Darton teacher Wayne Hughes spoke about how much his pupils enjoyed the day and the impact of the Premier League Primary Stars programme on his school.

He said: “It’s been really good. They’ve had the opportunity to go inside the ground and the indoor centre. Not all families have the opportunity to do this sort of thing all the time. They got the opportunity to watch the first team train through a window. It was only 10 minutes but you could see the kids’ eyes glowing.

“Some of the children aren’t part of a football team or a club – it’s getting them to work together in something. Working together [is important] in any sort of area of life. To plan together, talk to each other – it’s things you can use throughout life, not just in sport.”

Earlier this week, Forest Academy Assistant Headteacher Nick Peace also spoke about the positive impact the initiative has also had on his school.

Premier League Primary Stars is a programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop life skills.

Available for children aged 5-11 in all local primary schools, it connects learning to the real world of sport, helping teachers to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair play.

If you are interested in finding out more information on the programme, contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.