Premier League Primary Stars is an ambitious community partnership between the British Council and the Premier League, which aims to provide support to primary schools in the UK and partner countries. Primary Stars inspires school children in everything from maths and English to teamwork and sports, to develop a brighter future for students around the world.

Programme overview

Premier League Primary Stars was launched in 2019 in India. The programme uses the appeal of the Premier League, alongside the British Council’s global network, and world-class expertise in English, to deliver a high-quality programme.

The programme provides teachers around the world with world-class coaching training, learning resources and physical education activities.

Using the power of football and creative teaching methods, the programme enables children to achieve success in everything from maths and English to teamwork and sports.

Primary Stars builds on the successful partnership between the Premier League and the British Council of delivering the Premier Skills programme in 29* countries since 2007. The programme also leverages the Premier League’s achievement of delivering the programme to over 10,000 primary schools in England and Wales.

Objectives of Primary Stars

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Increase understanding of best practice in the use of football for educational development
  • Provide training for primary school teachers, physical education teachers, and football club coaches to increase their understanding of and capacity to deliver PE (physical education) and PSHE (personal, social, health, and economic education). The hope is that these teachers and coaches then engage with male and female students, to increase their participation in the programme and help in developing their PE and PSHE skills. 
  • Provide training to more than 100 teachers and coaches to increase their capacity to deliver inclusive and effective PE and PSHE lessons.
  • Work with a diverse group of participants representing a cross-section of the community, of whom no less than 50 per cent are female

Premier League Primary Stars outcomes

Use football to make learning more fun which helps in successfully developing skills in PE and PSHE.

Teachers and coaches demonstrate improved knowledge and skills in PE and PSHE.

Increased stakeholder awareness, openness, knowledge, and capacity for using football as a tool for educational development.

The trained teachers and coaches will report increased learning in the following areas as a result of their involvement in Premier League Primary Stars:

  • Skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to deliver effective PE and PSHE Education
  • Understanding of PE and PSHE best practice
  • Understanding of how to run fully inclusive PE and PSHE sessions
  • Premier League Primary Stars Champions, capable of passing skills onto new teachers and coaches



Premier League Primary Stars activities

Activity description Dates Venue
Leader’s course Goa 3 February - 7 February 2020 Goa (Multipurpose Stadium, Peddem, Mapusa) 
Leader’s course Delhi 17 February-21 February 2020 Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi
Leader’s refresher course, Goa 28 June -  1 July 2022 Goa (Multipurpose Stadium, Peddem, Mapusa) 
Leader’s refresher training, Delhi 5 July - 8 July 2022 Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi
Champions training 10 January - 13 January 2023  Goa (Multipurpose Stadium, Peddem, Mapusa) 
Champions Assessment and certification 21 February - 24 February 2023  Delhi (Chhatrasal Stadium,Model Town)
PLPS Workshops and tournament, Delhi 1 May - 6 May 2023 15 Participating Delhi schools; Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi
PLPS Workshops and tournament, Goa 21 June - 24 June 2023 5 participating Goa schools; Duller Stadium, Goa