THE Premier League will support more than 15,000 children and young people throughout the summer by funding activity run by professional football club community organisations across England and Wales.
More than 50 Premier League and EFL clubs including QPR in the Community Trust will deliver the free sessions, to enhance the number of opportunities available to young people over the school holidays. Activity will be tailored to suit local community needs and will include football sessions and tournaments, primary and secondary school education sessions, as well as social action initiatives. Several of the clubs will also provide attendees with access to nutritious meals, directly or alongside local partners, as they did during the Christmas and Easter school holidays.
The Premier League Summer Sessions will build on the year-round delivery of the Premier League Primary Stars, Premier League Kicks and Premier League Inspires programmes.
Richard Masters, chief executive at the Premier League, said: “The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for young people, especially those who have had disrupted school terms.
“Community teams at Premier League and EFL clubs carry out a huge amount of incredible work all year round and have adapted brilliantly to offer different ways of staying in touch during the pandemic. These school holiday sessions are another way that we and our clubs are supporting those most in need to get active, develop their personal skills and build friendships.”
Premier League Primary Stars activity will inspire children to learn. This will complement what they have been taught in school and at home during the pandemic, by providing them with valuable curriculum-linked sessions covering English, Maths, PE and PSHE.
Through Premier League Kicks, clubs will continue to work with young people to help them achieve their potential, as well as build stronger, safer and more inclusive communities. These sessions, run in areas of high need, will be supported by partners including the police, and will include workshops that cover societal issues like racism and discrimination, focusing on the Premier League’s No Room For Racism initiative.
Premier League Inspires sessions are designed to support 11 to 25-year-olds who are marginalised or at risk of not reaching their potential; supporting them as they move through the education system and early adulthood. Over the summer, there will be a large focus by clubs on supporting Year 6 pupils’ wellbeing as they ready themselves for the transition to secondary school.
The Premier League Summer Sessions are just one of the ways in which clubs have continued to support their communities and the NHS over the past 18 months. Sessions will run until the end of August, when normal weekly Premier League-funded community activity will resume.
About the Premier League
The Premier League produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.
The Premier League invests £100m per season in community facilities, community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world.
About Premier League Primary Stars
Premier League Primary Stars works with more than 18,000 primary schools across England and Wales, using the power of football to help inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
- Launched in 2016, Premier League Primary Stars is run in 83% of primary schools (18,000+) across England and Wales.
- In the 2019/20 academic year, 110 professional clubs received funding to deliver programmes in their local schools and 2m+ children were engaged via the online resources
- 53,000+ teachers engaged
- 95% of teachers said there was an increase in children’s enjoyment, participation and skills in PE and school sport
- 89% of teachers said they improved their own confidence, knowledge and skills in delivering high-quality PE
About Premier League Kicks
Premier League Kicks has been using the power of football to engage young people of all backgrounds and abilities from high-need areas in football, sport and personal development since 2006.
- Premier League Kicks has engaged more than 416,000 young people of all backgrounds and abilities from high-need areas in football, sport and personal development since 2006
- Run by over 90 professional clubs
- Since the programme’s inception, almost 4,000 unique venues have been used to deliver over 372,000 Premier League Kicks sessions across England and Wales
- 58% of the venues used fall within the 30% most in-need areas of England and Wales
About Premier League Inspires
Premier League Inspires uses the power of football and local clubs to motivate young people to develop the personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in life.
- 31 PL and EFL club community organisations ran Inspires sessions during the 2020/21 season at their stadiums or in local schools and organisations
- 12,410 hours of targeted support through Premier League Inspires in 2020/21