NEWS | Blake Freeman Named Premier League Primary Stars ‘Superstar’

Blake Freeman named Rotherham United’s Premier League Primary Stars ‘Superstar’ as schools programme marks five-year anniversary

The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

To celebrate, clubs have nominated a ‘Superstar’ – a young person or teacher who has inspired others through their dedication to the programme, enthusiasm and own personal development.

One person who has benefitted from their involvement in the programme Blake Freeman, of St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, who has been named as a ‘Superstar’ by Rotherham United as part of the programme’s five-year anniversary celebrations.

Blake Freeman was chosen as Rotherham United’s Premier League Primary Stars Superstar because he has dedicated time to enable all young people and staff in school the opportunities the Premier League can offer young people and their community.  

“I just want to say thankyou for Rotherham United coming into our school it’s been fantastic, they have delivered the Premier League Primary Stars supported PE and our staff CPD has gone through the roof, that has been a real positive for us. A lot of children have been at home for around 2 years so for them coming back into school the Premier League programmes have been perfect to inspire our kids and get the children active with Rotherham United.”

The Rotherham United began its Premier League Primary Stars delivery in 2017 and since then has supported 6046 unique young people through lessons across 108 local schools.

Each ‘Superstar’ will receive a Nike Strike football, thanks to Premier League partner Nike, and a framed, limited-edition five-year anniversary illustration, created by graphic designer and digital illustrator Zem Clarke.

Premier League Primary Stars provides teachers and parents with free downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

Currently 105 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools. More than 58,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We launched Premier League Primary Stars five years ago to support teachers and use the power and popularity of football to inspire children in the classroom and on the sports field.

“Clubs do fantastic work to support children’s learning and we are very proud that this national education programme now engages more than 18,500 primary schools in England and Wales.

“Congratulations to all those who have been recognized as a Premier League Primary Stars Superstar, as part of the five-year anniversary celebrations, and thank you to all those involved in the programme over the years.”

The Premier League funds Premier League Primary Stars and other community programmes through its £100m investment per season in community facilities and community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world. 

Please visit www.premierleague.com for more information.

Contact jgilberthorpe@rotherhamunited.net for further information or if you would like to speak with Rotherham United about Premier League Primary Stars.