Premier League Primary Stars
Premier League Primary Stars uses the power of the Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League Primary Stars project consists of a 10 week PE programme, which is free to Year 5 and 6 children in Bournemouth Schools.
The 10 week programme focuses specifically on different areas of football, with all the lessons named after Cherries’ players, for instance the ‘Turn Like Marc Pugh' Lesson or ‘Score Goals like Benik Afobe’. To add to this core theme, each lesson also has an underlying tone of respect, as the Community Sports Trust coaches encourage fairness and equality from all the pupils within the lessons.
The lessons not only provide the young people with coaching from a Premier League Football Club, but the teachers also receive a school pack containing lesson plans for the teachers to continue using throughout the school.
Premier League Primary Stars also has it’s own website, www.plprimarystars.com which contains numerous resources for teachers and parents on subjects including Maths, Literacy and PE. It’s free to sign up and join!
Player Ambassador: Benik Afobe
Connect with Care
The Connect with Care, Internet Safety lessons is a one hour workshop, which looks to educate young people on how to remain safe whilst using the internet.
The indoor, classroom based lesson looks at what young people might use the internet for; gaming, social media, etc. It develops to look at how we use these different applications and websites, and what information we include within our profiles on gaming websites and the various social media.
Using small groups and classroom discussions, the young people look at the difference between personal and non-personal information and talk about why we should not share certain pieces of information about ourselves. The workshop also uses video to look at the dangers of having an open profile about ourselves on the internet.
Lastly, the lesson covers prevention methods, and looks at methods we can use to keep ourselves safe when using the internet.
Player Ambassador: Andrew Surman
The main objective of the Healthy Lifestyle workshop is to educate young people on the importance on a healthy diet and lifestyle. The lessons aims to make children more aware of the food that they are eating.
The lesson looks at the Eatwell Plate, the five main food groups and also nutrients, minerals and vitamins whilst also teaching the children on their role within the human body. The lesson also touches on exercise and the importance of completing regular exercise to keep ourselves healthy.
Each workshop lasts one hour in duration. 45 minutes is spent inside the classroom discussing the above points, whilst the final 15 minutes take place in the school playground, where the children take part in fun activities which help to demonstrate not only how to eat healthy but also how they can exercise in a fun way.
Player Ambassador: Lewis Cook
The Respect workshop embraces young people’s love for football along with AFC Bournemouth and the Premier League to help encourage and promote good and positive behaviours, and discourage the young people from acting disrespectfully within the local community.
The lessons touch on both respectful and disrespectful behaviours in everyday life, before taking a more in depth look at the role of respect within sport and football.
The lesson uses a variety of resources including videos to illustrate respectful and disrespectful behaviours The pupils also receive booklets provided by sponsor Goadsby, which include fun activities surrounding respect and also examples of how we can show respect within football.
The lesson encourages the pupils into discussions, and sharing ideas and thoughts on good behaviours, whilst also inspiring them to demonstrate positive respectful behaviours within the classroom.
To end the lesson, the Community Sports Trust ask the children to design a poster based around respect, this is then entered into a competition.
Player Ambassador: Steve Cook
Soccer Safety School
The Soccer Safety School lesson was designed to help educate children on how to play safe within the community.
Looking closely at being safe when travelling, including buses, cars, cycling and on foot. The lesson uses illustrations and videos to help the young people identify hazards, and encourages the children to discuss not only why these are hazards, but also how we can deal with them to stop anything from happening and what we could do to not be put in a dangerous position from the start.
Player Ambassador: Dan Gosling
Football Development Programme
Students aged 16-19 who are passionate about football have the opportunity to study, train and also represent AFC Bournemouth with the Football Development Programme.
The full time programme, based at St Aldhelm’s Academy, allows the student to work towards either a (BTEC) Level 2 or 3 with education providers SCL Education. The course provides long-term opportunities for the students to progress into further education and study and full-time employment.
The course allows the students to train every day, with the sessions run by FA qualified coaches, who work for AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust. The players then represent AFC Bournemouth in both the SCL Football League and also the National Football Youth League (U19) where they will get the opportunity to play against other Premier League and Football league clubs throughout the country.