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Primary School Opportunities Launch Success

FITC welcome Head Teachers and PE Practitioners from across Nottingham to hear details of our Primary Schools opportunities at the home of community partner Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Dan Freedman Notts County-fitc - Broadway Cinema Nottingham

The afternoon was attended by the Premier League Trust’s Programmes Education Executive Ross McKinley, author turned screen-writer Dan Freedman and Notts County Football Club’s Shola Ameobi. Over 50 guests from Nottinghamshire schools enjoyed motivational speeches, networking opportunities and bespoke in-classroom promotions offered by FITC.

FITC, in partnership with the Premier League and EFL Trust, deliver a range of innovative primary schools programmes, raising aspirations and using the power of football to provide direction and support to both pupils and teachers. The Premier League Primary Stars programme enhances PE provision and supports pupils educational attainment in other areas of the curriculum such as English and Maths. FITC also provide health, education and social and emotional wellbeing programmes which combine practical PE lessons with classroom workshops all linked to the national curriculum.

Shola Ameobi Broadway Cinema Nottingham

Dan Freedman, author of CBBC’s Jamie Johnson, spoke with excitement while addressing the packed theatre. “Notts County Football in the Community are regarded as one of the country’s best for delivering primary school projects. I believe passionately that football should be used to harness talent that conventional education otherwise neglect or miss. In a way, I am living my dream through the character of Jamie Johnson, a boy who uses football to excel in other areas of his life rather than neglect his personal educational progress.”

FITC has served people in Nottingham for nearly 30 years and, for much of that time, we have been one of the leading providers of physical activity support to primary schools. Now, with the support of the world renowned Premier League, we are able to offer local schools the opportunity to benefit from a variety of unique services that help schools deliver their curriculum to their pupils.

Newcastle United legend, now Notts County striker Shola Ameobi, also took to the stage with compere Andrew James to discuss his career and the importance of education in an athlete’s life. “Growing up in an area of deprivation was a huge motivator for myself and my family. You have to have unrelenting belief and passion that you can be the difference and you can be the professional you want to be. FITC and the Premier League support children who, like myself, dared to believe that they are good enough to go into sport, teaching or coaching. The power of football has, and continues to, change the lives of millions of children across the world.”

Premier League Primary Stars

Primary Schools Manager, Zara Lund spoke with pride after delivering her first Primary School Opportunities event. “This is the first time we have delivered this kind of event and I am so glad the response myself and my coaches received has been phenomenal. We had a fantastic mixture of schools we currently work with and those who, to date we have never worked with. I would like to invite any schools who are interested in our work to contact me or one of the team. We would love to hear from them.”

If you would like to know more about our EFL and Premier League funded work, CLICK HERE or visit www.nottscountyfitc.org.uk, call 0115 955 7215 or email Zara Lund; zl@nottscountyfitc.org.uk