On Monday 22nd January the pupils and teachers of Scotholme Primary School welcomed Notts County Football Club Captain, Michal O’Connor to the Premier League funded, Notts County Football in the Community delivered Primary Stars project. Using the appeal of the most famous football league in the world and professional football clubs within England and Wales, the Primary Stars programme aims to inspire girls and boys aged between 5 and 11 within the classroom and playground alike to enrich the learning of participants in a fun, exciting and active atmosphere. As well as engaging children in physical activity and healthy living, PLPS uses the power of the beautiful game to teach core subjects such as Maths, English, PE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).
Notts County’s Club Captain Michael O’Connor signed autographs and participated in a Q&A with students eager to learn about the life of an athlete. “Today’s project has been a fantastic day and a real eye opener for me” explained Michael. “Like many people, I was aware of the work FITC within Nottingham schools but I didn’t quite appreciate the impact they have on the students. With a young family myself, it is great to see students, regardless of sporting ability or background, get the opportunity to enjoy the sessions these great coaches deliver. Footballers like myself and the delivery staff FITC have are role models to children with Nottingham and it’s great to see first-hand the impact they’re having.”
Adam Dunleavy, Lead Coach of Premier League Primary Stars programme added “Scotholme Primary School are a fantastic example of a school have benefited immensely from the work we deliver in schools. We wanted to reward the pupils with a very special guest and Michael was a fantastic ambassador for the club on the day. My coaches, FITC staff and the children of Scotholme Primary would like to say a massive thank you Michael and we look forward to him being back on the pitch very soon!”