Premier League Primary Stars | Tom’s Story

Reds in the Community Senior Community Coach James Cooke has delivered the Premier League Primary Stars programme at Lacewood Primary School for 12 weeks during the 2018/19 academic year.

He has delivered English, Maths, PE and PSHE lessons for pupils in Year Six through the Premier League-funded programme.

Alongside aiding the learning of pupils, the Stars programme also seeks to develop teachers within primary schools.

Lacewood’s Sports and Play Assistant Tom Jones has worked closely with James throughout the Stars programme.

He spoke about how much he has learned through Reds in the Community and the Primary Stars programme.

He said: “It’s been very useful for me. It’s given me a lot of new ideas what I can use in my PE lessons. He’s been very helpful as well. I picked up on quite a few different things such as warm-up games and what kind of things we can do to include people more in lessons.

“He had lots of different ideas. Every week he came in with a new game and a new idea. It kept the lessons fresh, it didn’t get stale and it kept the kids interested. I’ve got new ideas and the way I speak to the kids and get points across to them – I think my teaching has come on a lot by working with him.”

Behaviour Support Leader Ryan Hallsworth, who is heavily involved in Lacewood’s PE and sport delivery, gave further insight into Mr Jones’ development.

He said: “I think he’s developed a lot since he’s been in this school in general. But since James has come in, I think he’s seen a different side to coaching to what he’s always done. He’s picked up quite a lot of things and since James has left, he’s used it in his sessions.

“James likes to do things the right way and if there’s children being a bit silly or doing something they’re not supposed to be then he’s quite firm with them. Mr Jones has seen that and how it can impact on a session, and he’s using that as well.

“I think Barnsley Football Club coming in this time has had a real positive impact on the school in general but certainly for Mr Jones because he’s been there in the sessions and he’s been able to see what James has been putting on. I think it’s had a big impact on his development.”

Premier League Primary Stars is a Premier League-funded scheme which seeks to use the pull of professional football clubs and sport to promote education in primary school children.

For more information about the programme, contact Sports Development Officer [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.