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Preston North End Programme words

08 Jan Preston North End Programme words

WWSET Preston North End

Good afternoon Chairboys fans and a big welcome to Adams Park for today’s FA Cup round 3 fixture versus Preston North End. Also, a big welcome to the Lilywhites fans that have travelled from the North West for today’s match.

In today’s WWSET programme notes we would like to take the opportunity to give everybody an update regarding our delivery of the first term of our Premier League Primary Stars (“PLPS”) programme, currently in its second year of delivery.

Many of you may be aware of the national initiative funded by the Premier League following the recent TV adverts containing players such as Theo Walcott, Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, and also from our programme piece on the first day of the season versus Lincoln City. However, for those that aren’t aware of PLPS its design involves WWSET coaches working with local schools to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field. Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE (Physical Social Health Education) topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.

The Premier League values underpin everything on offer and attempt to encourage children to:

  • Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals
  • Be inspiring – set a great example to others
  • Be connected –work well with others and in a team
  • Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

Following successful delivery last season which concentrated on improving teacher’s abilities in delivering PE lessons, WWSET expanded our PLPS programme this season to include dedicated classroom-based literacy and numeracy support using football as a way to engage children in learning. Additionally, this season we’ve also been in the position to offer further sports participation opportunities to local youngsters, particularly girls, those who have current or potential health issues, those living in areas of social deprivation, those on free school meals, and those who don’t speak English as a first language, all of whom traditionally don’t participate in exercise as much as they could and should. Furthermore, we have placed a larger emphasis on delivering PSHE activities to local school children using the Adams Park stadium to enthuse and engage them.

During the first term of delivery this season which took place from September 2017 to January 2018 we are delighted to report that more fantastic results have been achieved, building on the success of last season’s programme…

Working in 5 primary schools in the Wycombe District during the term WWSET have engaged 319 children in total. This was achieved by working with their teachers to upskill them in PE delivery best practice and as you can see from the graph below following the completion of the support package the children’s enjoyment levels of their PE lessons have significantly increased.

In addition to the above WWSET have provided concentrated numeracy support to 32 individual local children who have previously been disengaged when it comes to learning maths. Using football as a hook to increase motivation and interest the graph below shows the fantastic results achieved.

Another area that WWSET has concentrated deliver on is providing one-to-one literacy support to children who have previously struggled to meet reading targets. Working with 18 individuals across the various schools WWSET again used football as a way to increase interest and application levels and the graph below shows the significant impact achieved by the interventions provided.

The final area that WWSET have expanded on in comparison to last year’s project is concerned with PSHE. During December WWSET delivered five dedicated PSHE days right here at Adams Park which placed a particular focus on children’s ability to be resilient. 75 local children spent the day on the ground exploring the meaning of resilience, talking about times when they have had to be resilient, and writing poems that centred on resilience. Further to this WWSET were kindly assisted by members of the WWFC Ex-Players Association who led the participants on a back-stage tour of the ground whilst telling them about times in their lives that required them to show resilience.

As you can imagine WWSET are extremely proud of the significant results the PLPS programme has achieved so far this season and are looking forward to continuing our delivery during the rest of the season. We shall be sure to keep you all updated on how things go…

In the meantime, enjoy today’s match and fingers crossed come 5 pm the club find themselves in the hat for the next round.