Arsenal Ladies and England defender Alex Scott visited Princess May Primary School in Hackney this week, marking the launch of Premier League Primary Stars, a new national curriculum-based education programme.
Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs as inspiration for children to learn and be active whilst developing important life skills, the scheme is already promising.
Scott joined in with an after-school session delivered by Arsenal in the Community, which combines classroom-based activities with physical exercise in an enjoyable environment.
The school was specially renamed for the day in Alex’s honour, becoming “The Alex Scott Primary School” during the visit itself.
Scott, who has over 100 international caps for England and initially joined Arsenal as an eight-year old, said: “Having the school named after me for the day was a real honour and certainly not something I was expecting!
“It’s great to come out and see the Premier League Primary Stars programme in action. I’ve been able to see first-hand how football, and Arsenal can engage kids both inside and outside the classroom.
“Arsenal’s projects are so important to these children so it’s fantastic to see the Premier League investing more into this type of project,” she continued.
Arsenal in the Community runs weekly PE and after-school sessions at many schools across the local area as part of the Primary Stars programme and it’s clear that they’re making a collective effort to help children to balance education with physical activity.