PL Primary Stars


A recent Primary Stars eventCharlie's story

Charlie is 11 and has special educational needs meaning he is unable to access a mainstream school. Having been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Charlie was signposted to Eleanor Smith School in Newham, a school which benefits from the Premier League Primary Stars programme delivered by WHU Foundation.

With his anxiety so high that even entering the school was an enormous challenge, coupled with new teachers, peers and surroundings, Charlie struggled to settle in. Fast forward 6 months, and it is thanks to the interventions put in place by WHU Foundation and specialist school staff that Charlie is now growing in confidence so much so that he regularly completes his work in class, converses more with his peers and forms friendships, and attends the entire offering of football sessions made available at the school, even choosing to attend an after school club.

Charlie’s progression has been made possible in part thanks to the one-on-one support WHU Foundation have been able to provide at the PL Primary Stars after school sessions, in addition to the delivery of tailored PE sessions in small groups designed to develop confidence, self-esteem, team-work and communication.

The WHU Foundation are an inspiring and motivating experience for our young learners. They have provided us with an individual that cares about our pupils and is extremely knowledgeable and competent in their field.

Tom, Head of PE and Extended Schools Coordinator

To find out more about WHU Foundation's work in school's across east London and Essex, please contact:

Ross Williams; Football Development Officer

West Ham United Takeover Days

Pupils during a WHU Takeover DayServing to support pupils and teachers with key learning points while adding an engaging Hammers-themed twist, WHU Takeover Days are available FREE of charge to primary school's in east London and Essex.
Children are given the opportunity to wear football kit to school, and begin the day with a fun assembly hosted by the Foundation. Following this, the whole school, including the teachers, go into Hammers mode, taking part in activities that help build leadership and communication skills, improve descriptive writing skills and practice writing styles and engage pupils through a wide range of physical activities.
All activities are given a West Ham theme, whether it be a descriptive writing challenge to commentate on Andy Carroll’s wonder goal against Crystal Palace, or practicing their throwing and catching skills in a PE session with a challenge set by Adrian himself.

The days have been designed to be delivered as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, and follow the programme values to ‘Be Inspired’, ‘Be Connected’, ‘Be Ambitious’ and ‘Be Fair’.

Through Premier League Primary Stars, West Ham United Foundation are able to bring the curriculum to life with a variety of fun activities suitable for different age-groups and learning styles, thus motivating children to be ambitious while teaching the importance of teamwork and fair play.

To find out more about WHU Takeover Days in school's across east London and Essex, please contact:

Jacque Edouard; Football Development Officer