EitC Executive Director Phil Duffy recently represented the charity at the Premier League Primary Stars Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons alongside Richard Scudamore, Frank Lampard and Rachel Riley.
Hosted by BBC Five Live’s Nicky Campbell, the prestigious Reception showcased the Premier League Primary Stars programme and discussed its impact across the country to date.
The event opened with interviews with Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore and former player and children’s author Frank Lampard before those in attendance had the opportunity to put their questions forwards to the panel of key speakers that included Premier League Primary Stars ambassador Rachel Riley, MP for Swansea East Carolyn Harris and our charity’s Executive Director Phil Duffy.
Premier League Primary Stars is the Premier League’s most ambitious community programme to date and has already engaged more than 10,000 primary schools across England and Wales. The national curriculum-linked education programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Those in attendance at the Churchill Room at Westminster heard that the target to engage with 10,000 schools by 2019 has already been reached and the Premier League has announced a target of engaging 15,000 schools with the programme by the end of the 2018/19 season.
Speaking after the Reception, Phil Duffy said: “I was delighted to represent EitC at this special event and talk about the positive impact our work in primary schools is having as a result of Primary Stars.
“We continue to serve an increasing number of schools in the wider Merseyside area and I am thrilled that our talented and hard-working staff are recognised for this. The response from MPs including Justine Greening, Secretary of State , was most encouraging in terms of how the programme is helping learning and motivation in children in schools.”
For more information on Premier League Primary Stars visit https://plprimarystars.com/