Helen Ward heads back to school and surprises pupils taking part in Premier League Primary Stars

  • To celebrate the start of the new term Watford Ladies FC’s captain, Helen Ward, joined pupils at Bromet Primary School to take part in a PE lesson
  • Helen Ward donated a free equipment pack, with a little help from Harry the Hornet, whilst at the school to mark the opening of this year’s Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme
  • The scheme offers primary school teachers the chance to apply for a free Nike football strip or a free equipment pack for their school

Watford Ladies captain and Wales international Helen Ward surprised pupils at Bromet Primary School this week by joining in with one of their Premier League Primary Stars lessons delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust, helping children to get active on their return from the summer holiday break.

Helen Ward surprised pupils when she walked into their Premier League Primary Stars lesson, joining Bromet School’s Year 5 and 6 Falcon class. Helen was accompanied by Watford FC mascot Harry the Hornet as she donated a Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack to the school. The pack included footballs, numbered and lettered floor spots and giant dice, which teachers at the primary school can use in future lessons across the curriculum to help inspire children to learn and be active.

The back to school visit coincides with the opening of the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme application window, which enables primary school teachers across England and Wales to apply for a free Nike football strip or a free equipment pack like the one donated by Ward at Bromet Primary School.

Watford FC is one of 101 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs in England and Wales which provides in-school support to teachers and pupils as part of Premier League Primary Stars - the organisation’s education-linked community programme.

Coming to back to her old primary school Helen Ward said:

“It is a bit strange I feel like a bit of a giant! When I was here just over 20 years ago now, everything definitely felt a lot bigger. It’s nice to be back, it brings back familiar memories and it’s good to see the school in such a good place and with such good children coming through.”

Adding her thoughts on the Premier League’s Back to School Campaign;

“Football starts at a young age so for primary schools to have access to this sort of equipment and sessions that the Premier League put on and give out is fantastic. When I was younger we certainly didn’t have this sort of equipment!”

Run in partnership with Nike, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme provides primary school teachers with football kit and equipment to aid active lessons both in the classroom and on the sports field. Carol Burns, Year 5 and 6 teacher at Bromet Primary School spoke highly of the scheme;

“This kit we’ve got now is absolutely superb because it gives the children opportunities and there’s even some children that have said they are now taking part in activities that they never would have taken part in before. Just looking around I’ve got a mix of boys and girls playing together and just getting on… it’s fantastic!”

The scheme is available to primary school teachers who register to participate in Premier League Primary Stars at PLPrimaryStars.com, where curriculum-linked resources including lesson plans and worksheets are available to download for free.

Teachers based in England and Wales have until 26 October 2018 to visit PLPrimarystars.com to register and apply for the free Nike kit or equipment pack.

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