Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie visits

Chris Leslie visits FITC
Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie meets Huntingdon Academy students during a girls football lunch club

On Friday 24th November, Huntingdon Academy and Notts County FITC welcomed Nottingham East Member of Parliament, Chris Leslie to one of 12 schools benefiting from the Premier League funded work FITC deliver in schools across the county. Notts County FITC, in partnership with the Premier League are delivering the Premier League Primary Stars (#PLprimarystars) initiative that aims to encourage and engage boys and girls aged between 5-11 within the classroom and in physical activities by using the most watched football league in the world as a base of learning.

Tennis aficionado turned Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie, spoke enthusiastically about the work FITC do within his constituency; “before attending today’s event I was unaware of the scale of the operation of FITC” admitted Chris. “Football is a key tool used in engaging children from all walks of life and it is fantastic to see the children at Huntingdon Academy benefit immensely from the scheme. Lunch clubs, classroom learning and extracurricular activities are all great ways for children in the community to stay motivated and explore new opportunities presented to them by these fantastic, enthusiastic coaches.”

As well as engaging children in physical activity and healthy living, PLPS uses the power of the beautiful game to teach core subjects such as Maths, English, PE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education). Using case studies and player appearances to enrich the delivery experience, the Premier League Primary Stars programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills such as respect, sportsmanship, inclusivity and the importance of diversity within group activities.

Paul Hopkins, Teacher at Huntingdon Academy spoke highly about the work FITC deliver in the school; “It’s great to see the children at Huntingdon interact with Notts County FITC, who offer the children a wide range of life skills and are great role models. The children’s confidence, self-discipline and team work has developed and more children are now taking part in our after school football clubs. More girls from Huntingdon have now joined football clubs in the local community this is due to their developing self-belief and love of sport which Notts County have helped to nurture.”