On Monday, we invited three primary schools down to The City Ground as part of our Premier League Primary Stars programme, the schools included Nottingham Academy, Crabtree Farm and Scotholme Primary.

We invited the schools to the ground to be a part of our Collapsed Curriculum Day, A full day of school when the normal timetable is changed to allow an extended focus on a particular theme or topic (for the purpose of Premier League Primary Stars, this should be related to PE, PSHE, English or maths). Such days can be held for the whole school, for a single year group or across a range of year groups. They can also work in rotation to accommodate multiple groups throughout the day. The venue will depend on the logistics of making pupils available and inspiring engagement, for example delivering at the school, club facilities or another relevant venue.

The day started off with a range of sessions led by our Primary Stars Head Coaches, including a very important session on raising awareness about plastic pollution. This session was designed to educate the children on the dangers of plastic pollution, recycling and how they can reduce the amount of plastic they consume. This was a great exercise that ended with the children writing their own pledges on how they will help save the plant, here is an amazing example from a pupil at Scotholme Primary School, “To help save our oceans from drowning in plastic, I pledge to change from using a plastic bottle to a re-usable water bottle. To help save our oceans from drowning in plastic, I pledge to change from a plastic bag to a lunch box.”

In the afternoon, the children were delivered a workshop by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC). They are the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity, that was established in January 1996. The aims of the Show Racism the Red Card school workshop are as follows;

  • To educate young people about the causes and consequences of racism and to explore the various forms racism can take.
  • To empower young people to challenge racism in the communities in which they live, providing them with relevant knowledge and information to enable them to do this.
  • To help young people prepare to play an active role as citizens in an increasingly multi-cultural society.
  • To enable young people to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, culture or nationality.

This was a very important and educational workshop for the children, which really helped them to understand more about the issue. After the delivery of the session, the representatives from Show Racism the Red Card were joined by NFFC legend Frank Clark, and ex-players Chris Iwelumo and Jason Lee. Joining the panel was Nottingham Forest right back Tendayi Darikwa. The guests were there to share their experiences with the children, answer any questions and educate them further on racism in the sporting industry.

Thank you to Show Racism the Red Card and all of the special guests who attended.

To find out more about our Premier League Primary Stars programme click here.