The pair spent the afternoon with the children during their PE lessons whilst also assisting the club’s Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) deliver the PLPS programme, which uses the appeal of professional football to connect with young people and create healthier and more positive futures.
Scott and Jamal also took time to talk about their lives as players plus answer a whole host of the children’s questions, and goalkeeper Blackman was impressed with the aims of the programme.
“The Premier League Primary Stars programme is very good. It helps young kids get involved in sport and helps teachers who aren’t too confident delivering sport by giving them new techniques to use,” he said.
Jay Hamon, who delivers the PLPS programme for WWSET, said: “It was fantastic to be joined by Jamal and Scott at the school. To be able to meet and interact with professional footballers during their PE lessons provides huge inspiration and motivation for the children to take part in other sporting and physical activity opportunities, and adds significant value to what the Premier League Primary Stars programme aims to achieve.”
The ambitions of the programme include helping primary teachers to deliver great PE and school sport in their schools, increasing children’s enjoyment, participation and skills in sport and other physical activity, helping children develop the personal skills and values they need to achieve their goals, enhancing children’s understanding of - and interest and confidence in - English and Maths, and supporting young people to take part in sport outside school.
WWSET’s delivery model of the PLPS programme during the 2016-17 season involves providing tailored packages of support to teachers in 15 local schools to help them acquire greater skills, knowledge and confidence concerned with PE delivery, and in particular the following areas:
• Strategies to manage/challenge participants of different abilities
• Enhancing knowledge of different types of PE practices (eg: constant/variable/random activities)
• Ways in which to maximise levels of individual activity
• Methods to achieve participant ownership and involvement
• Methods (and the importance) of measuring participant understanding & progress
• Ways of adapting sessions depending on the venue/environment/equipment available;
• Ensuring maximum levels of individual enjoyment and motivation
• Linking sessions to other areas of the school curriculum (eg; Maths, English, Geography, History etc);
• Demonstrating to participant’s transferable skills from sports participation that will assist their personal development in a non-sporting context (eg; teamwork, learning to win & lose, resilience, the importance of effort to overcome challenging situations etc).
In addition the programme also involves WWSET delivering free lunch-time and after-school football clubs for the pupils of the participating schools, thereby increasing their access to safe and enjoyable physical activity opportunities.
For more information about the various programmes run by WWSET, visit their website at wwset.co.uk