Cardiff City FC Community Foundation teamed up with the Premier League, Liverpool FC Foundation and EverFi educational technology company to visit a variety of local schools and community programmes across Boston USA, delivering the Premier League Primary Stars (Primary Stars) project. 

 

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

 

Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged from five to 11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

 

A bespoke Premier League Primary Stars USA programme has been created with EverFi around these resources and currently engages 12,000 elementary school children in America.

 

Dean Pymble, the Foundation's Sport and Health Coordinator, said: “It’s been a fantastic week out here in the US and we’re so pleased to have the opportunity to share the Primary Stars programme with our friends in Boston.

 

“We’ve met some brilliant youngsters who have really taken on board the messages we deliver, which we hope will have a positive impact on both their mental and physical wellbeing going forward."

 

Guild Elementary School in East Boston was first on the agenda, where 340 students spent the morning enjoying dodgeball and resilience sessions, classroom workshops on hydration and nutrition, and a PE lesson focused on the importance of staying physically active.

 

Next up, 920 pupils from nearby Unama Academy School took part in a full day of sessions, which included similar areas of focus as well as positive thoughts workshops – covering healthy and unhelpful thinking.

 

To round off the week, 120 local youngsters headed to Carter Field, the home of South End Soccer Club – a local team committed to providing Boston’s urban youth with the opportunity to play football regardless of their experience or economic means.

 

The group engaged with the Bluebirds Charity and Liverpool FC Foundation coaches on health and wellness and best practices, before taking part in a short competitive match.

 

Cardiff City FC and Foundation representatives were also invited to meet with Charlie Baker, governor of the commonwealth of MA, and Martin J. Walsh, mayor of the city of Boston, as part of their visit.