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Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League Primary Stars uses the power of sport of AFC Bournemouth and the Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

The AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust programme offer schools a six-week PE programme which focuses specifically on different areas of football, with all lessons named after Cherries’ players, for instance ‘Dribble like Arnaut Danjuma’ and ‘Defend like Steve Cook’. All Community Sports Trust PE lessons follow the National Curriculum and also have an underlying tone of respect, as we encourage fairness and equality from all pupils during the lessons. Lesson plans are provided for teachers during the lessons to aid their understanding of delivering football for PE.

The Community Sports Trust’s Primary Stars programme not only provides schools with football themed PE delivery, but the offer is extended to include:

  • PSHE workshops
  • Tours of Vitality Stadium
  • Football Festivals and Competitions
  • Opportunity to participate in the Premier League Schools Tournament (Under-11 Age Group)
  • Teacher Continued Professional Development Opportunities

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme is currently offered to schools in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset, with different levels of package available to each school. To find out more about the various packages within the programme, click here.

To book your school in for some Premier League Primary Stars PE or PSHE lessons, please contact Premier League Primary Stars Project Lead, Matt Divine on [email protected] or call 07393 462167. You can also contact Head of Community Steve Cuss on [email protected] or call 07973 893594.

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Schools Projects

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust are delighted to be offering four unique educational workshops to schools in Dorset.

The workshops look at key themes; Healthy Lifestyles, Respect, Road Safety, Internet Safety and Rail Safety and can be tailored to be suitable for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Lasting an hour in duration the educational workshops looks to encourage the children and young people to think about the topic in more depth through an interactive lesson.

Safer Kids Online 

The Safer Kids Online programme is a popular workshop delivered to local schools. The lesson, supported by ESET UK, educates young people on how to remain safe whilst using the internet.

The indoor classroom-based lesson addresses the children and young people’s most common uses of the internet and develops this on how we can use these different applications and websites. This aspect of the lesson touches on privacy, and what should and should not be included in profiles on social media and gaming websites.

Within small groups, discussions are encouraged as the children and young people look at the differences between personal and non-personal information and talk about the implications of sharing personal information. The workshops also uses a video which looks at the dangers of having an open profile on the internet.

To conclude, the lesson looks at prevention methods and privacy settings, and what websites offer within this area.

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Healthy Lifestyles

The main objective of the Healthy Lifestyle workshop is to educate young people on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, through diet and exercise. The main aim is to make children and young people 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 teaching their role within the human body. The lesson touches on exercise and the importance of taking part in regular exercise to keep ourselves healthy.

The lesson also asks the young people to consider the healthy lifestyle of a professional footballer, and compare their diet to exercise, whilst also asking the young people to design their own meal for a Premier League footballer.

Player Ambassador: Lewis Cook 

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Cherries stars spread healthy living message

Respect and citizenship

The Respect workshop embraces young people’s love for football and uses examples from the Premier League and AFC Bournemouth to help encourage and promote positive behaviour.

The lessons touch on both respectful and disrespectful behaviours in everyday life, before taking a more in-depth at respect within football, illustrated through presentations and videos.

Project sponsor, Goadsby, have also created workshop booklets which are given to Primary School pupils to aid their learning within the subject. The booklets include fun activities and games, whilst also showing examples of how we can show respect in Football.

The lesson encourages the pupils to share ideas within small group discussion, whilst inspiring them to demonstrate positive and respectful behaviours within the classroom.

Player Ambassador: Steve Cook

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Cook out in the community

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Soccer Safety School

The Soccer Safety School lessons was designed to help educate children and young people how to be safe when travelling within the local community.

The workshops look closely at travelling using a variety of different methods, including; buses, cars, cycling and on foot. Identifying the do’s and don’ts in certain situations. The lesson uses illustrations and videos to help the young people identify hazards, and encourages discussions around this.

Player Ambassador: Dan Gosling

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Rail Safety

The AFC Bournemouth Rail Safety lessons works in partnership with Network Rail to educate school children around staying safe when using trains, and around train lines. The lesson uses group work and small quizzes to encourage the children to think about times when they would have used the train lines and promote positive thinking on rail safety.

One section of the lesson focuses on railway signs and signals, and the importance of adhering to these. Before finally looking at trespassing on railway lines and the dangers involved in this.

Premier League Enterprise Challenge

The Premier League Enterprise Challenge is an annual business challenge, that AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust has been delivering over the past three seasons.

The PL Enterprise aims to inspire young people to engage positively in education and raise awareness of the world of work and business.

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust has been able to offer this Challenge to six local secondary schools over the previous three years, as they have worked towards the business challenge set by the Premier League.

The Challenge sees the Community Sports Trust host a Club Heat to select a representative team, who then attend one of six regional “play-offs” against other Premier League Clubs. The winners of each play-off then represent their club in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge Final.

Premier League Enterprise Club Heat Winners:

2018/19: Avonbourne College
2017/18: Poole High School
2016/17: Avonbourne College

Football Education Programme - College Offer

Male and Female offer

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, in partnership with SCL, are proud to be offering an alternative education pathway for 16 – 19-year olds. The Football Education Programme is tailored for those looking to enhance their footballing skills whilst developing an outstanding knowledge of sport.

The course is located daily at St. Aldhelms Academy, Poole, where we utilise excellent ICT, Gym, a Sports Hall and grass pitches.

Regardless of the academic achievements of a student’s past, we thrive upon providing an outstanding learning environment for all to strive and fulfil their potential.


  • To give students the skills and knowledge to start a career in sport or progress to employment within the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust
  • To prepare students for higher or further education, through full-time or part-time study
  • To improve students technical, tactical, psychological and social skills

The objectives of these qualifications are to help students to

  • Choose a pathway and units that reflect their career or academic aspirations 
  • Enter employment into the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher or further education
  • Gain and develop essential skills that are valued by employers and higher and further education institutions
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the vocational sector

Football provision

Our players train or play every day during the week. Each day, players train and prepare for match day using the following daily structure:

Monday: Strength and conditioning
Tuesday: Shape and Pattern/ position specific work
Wednesday: Gameday
Thursday: Technical practice/recovery
Friday: Futsal

On Wednesdays players are involved in matches against teams from the National Football Youth League (NFYL), here the players represent AFC Bournemouth and play against other Premier League and Football league clubs throughout the country.

Students are streamed into the following options:

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
  • *Year 3 - Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor & Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training

This programme offers the opportunity for the successful candidates to not only develop within a professional sporting environment, but also to gain a qualification that provides the opportunity for a career in sport. Alternatively, students can gain enough UCAS points to earn a University place at the end of Year 2. Studying for a BTEC Diploma in Sport provides students with the equivalent of 3 A– Levels. Students are required to meet minimum GSCE requirements to be accepted onto this programme.

  • Year 1 - NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport
  • *Year 3 - Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor & Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training

*Year 3 is optional for students

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the sports sector in order to either start a career in sport, leisure or fitness, or to progress within employment in the sector. NCFE is useful for those previously disaffected with learning and can provide a supportive progression route into further learning or employment. There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

For further information or to register your interest in the Football Education Programme please contact:

Paul Topping
01202 726359

Female Only offer

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust are proud to be offering an exciting opportunity for young talented football enthusiasts to combine academic studies with a comprehensive Football Development Programme based at Brockenhurst College.

The academic curriculum can be tailored to match your educational potential with a range of A Levels and a BTEC National Diploma in Sport on offer. If required students can also complete their Maths and English GCSE’s.

Our Female Elite Player Programme will allow you to access high quality coaching and football education with a range of sessions available each day including team sessions, 1 to 1’s and recovery/gym based sessions. Extra support is provided through massage and strength and conditioning support.

Students on the programme will compete in a fixtures schedule on Wednesday’s as part of the National College League against other professional clubs and friendly matches throughout the season.

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