Yesterday, at St Ann’s Well Academy, 40 Year 3-6 pupils held a press conference with Nottingham Forest stars Britt Assombalonga, Matty Cash and Eric Lichaj.
The pupils asked the first-team players questions that ranged from who had the best rating on FIFA to questions about teamwork.
For Mrs Unsworth, deputy head at St Ann’s Well, the press conference was a great opportunity not only for the pupils to meet their heroes but also test their journalistic skills. She said: “They were all really excited to meet the players and it’s really nice that they (the players) took the time to answer the children. It’s nice to see the players connecting with the community and our pupils asked some really well thought out questions.”
The event was part of our Premier League Primary Stars programme which creates bespoke inclusive PE programmes for schools with classroom support for Key Stages 1 and 2.
Lloyd Lacey, head coach and delivery lead for the programme, believes the visits by Forest stars can help inspire the pupils at St Ann’s Well. He added: “the work we do with schools is all about supporting teachers and children to feel more confident around enjoying exercise as that has a positive impact on learning. The visit by the players today really helps and their answers support the message that if you work hard in whatever you do you’ll succeed”.
The press conference ended with the players discussing the Wigan match for the club’s Forest Player HD channel. For the pupils though the big moment was getting to ask the players questions that they cared about. As one Year 4 pupil said: “It was sick. I got ask them which player was the fastest”.
The fastest player, according to the players, was Eric Lichaj but when it came to who had the best FIFA rating Britt took the honours with an overall player score of 74!
To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme click here or email Declan Barker, Premier League projects manager, email@example.com.