Heurelho Gomes goes back to school with Premier League Primary Stars

  • Watford’s Heurelho Gomes visited St Anthony’s RC Primary and Nursery School to meet pupils and celebrate the launch of Premier League Primary Stars, a new national education programme
  • The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme launches this week – schools can register for the chance to receive free PE kit and equipment sets through PLPrimaryStars.com
  • Premier League Primary Stars provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for girls and boys aged 5-11


Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes today visited St Anthony’s RC Primary and Nursery School in Watford to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme. 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.


Gomes joined in a Premier League Primary Stars PE session delivered by Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust, which involved football drills with a group Year 4 pupils.  Whilst he was there, Heurelho helped launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme. Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free football strips or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at www.PLPrimaryStars.com. Parents can also nominate their school via the Premier League Primary Stars website. This year’s application window opens from 24 April – 9 June.


The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme will allow teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment that can be used for different subject areas.


Premier League Primary Stars offers free downloadable resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association. Countdown TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley and children’s authors Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman also helped to create the teaching resources, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant engaging context for children. This content adds to the existing support professional football clubs provide to primary schools and their local communities.


Watford is one of 88 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs in England and Wales which provides in-school support through Premier League Primary Stars. This is the Premier League’s most ambitious community programme to date and aims to support 10,000 primary schools by 2019.

Heurelho Gomes said: “Today has been a lot of fun! I believe football has the power to inspire so for the Premier League to be involved in projects like this is huge and helps the kids to go on and achieve great things in their life.”


Robin O’Brien, Watford FC Sport and Education Officer said: “Premier League Primary Stars is a brilliant programme and we’re delighted as a club to be involved. Heurelho was brilliant with the kids today and I think he enjoyed the session as much as them! I’m sure the moment will stay with the schoolchildren for a long time to come!”


Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League added: “Premier League Primary Stars uses the power and popularity of football to inspire children to enjoy English, Maths and a range of other subjects. Our clubs are already doing great work in this area and it is fantastic to see players visiting local schools to support the programme and encourage learning.”


The football kit package includes: 14 football shirts, 1 goalkeeper shirt, 15 pairs of shorts and 15 pairs of socks. The equipment package includes: a roller bag, bibs, training balls, pop-up goals, a whistle, a ball pump, a captain's armband, hoops, cones, bean bags, giant dice and floor markers.


The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme is supported by Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.


Register for the Premier League Primary Stars programme on www.PLPrimaryStars.com