PUPILS and staff from Withington Primary School in Herefordshire, are celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment pack.

The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.

Also available is a free downloadable suite of resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

Mathematician Rachel Riley and children's authors Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman also helped to create the teaching packs, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant and engaging context for children.

Richard Scudamore, executive chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: "Congratulations to Withington Primary on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport."

Hannah Burgess, sports co-ordinator, Withington Primary School, said: "The children at Withington love football and enjoy playing matches against other schools. This initiative has allowed us to provide them with a new football kit, which will boost their confidence and team morale as they now feel like a real team. We would like to thank Premier League Primary Stars for giving our team this boost and hope it will help them do well in future matches".