Pupils enjoy the limelight with mock press conference

Pupils from Sutton-In-Ashfield’s Dalestorth Primary School got to sample life as a footballer yesterday, as they took part in a mock-up press conference workshop – celebrating the end of their Premier League Primary Stars after-school club.

Focusing on literacy skills in a fun and unique way, the session used role play scenarios to rocket the Key Stage Two pupils to stardom – as they became managers and players, answering questions about top-flight footballing scenarios on stage.


The youngsters were also tasked with becoming hard-hitting journalists, asking the questions nobody wants to answer – helping the students to structure sentences and becoming more inquisitive.

Premier League Primary Stars coordinator Gary Shaw said “Yesterday’s session was a really good way to work on Literacy skills in a more fun and engaging environment, as soon as the coaches said the session would be a mock-up press conference, the kids really jumped on board.


“Our objective with Premier League Primary stars is not just to play football, it’s to develop English and Maths skills too which is why when we get the opportunity, we put on sessions like the press-conferences – it’s a great way of putting on a lesson without the kids knowing, they found it really engaging, Alex [Cartwright, Community Coach] and Mitch [Scotford, Apprentice Coach] did a really great job in making the session fun and engaging.”

The youngsters may have ended the session and reached the conclusion of the after-school club without gaining the riches of a Premier League star, however they were presented with the 2019-20 Match Annual thanks to the Literacy Trust, as well as receiving their Premier League Primary Stars certificates for completing the project.

Well done to all the youngsters involved.


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