Much of the success attributed to Blackburn Rovers Community Trust comes from working so closely with a selection of valued partners on a mutually beneficial basis.
In their Impact Report, released earlier this week to showcase some of the most notable efforts that the charity achieved during the previous calendar year, they looked in closer detail at the work undertaken hand in hand with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council - a phrase that can be taken almost literally in the case of the gymnastics sessions featured within the document!
Today we reproduce that case study in full, so that supporters can discover how the two organisations worked together to deliver Premier League Primary Stars to the distinct advantage of school children within our local borough.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
The current academic year has seen Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and the local authority – Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – forge their closest sporting ties to date, thanks to a mutually beneficial resource-sharing arrangement.
Our coaches and the Council’s sports delivery team have joined forces to offer the Premier League Primary Stars concept to infant and junior pupils across the entire borough, allowing us to reach more children in a wider range of schools, whilst helping the council team to meet their objective of increasing each child’s knowledge, appetite and participation in sport.
The Council’s sport delivery team offer the niche skill-set such as gymnastics and cricket coaching to complement our staff’s high-quality multi-sports coaching; creating a superb all-round package for children by a team proudly sporting jointly branded Blackburn Rovers and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council kit.
Premier League Primary Stars has raised the knowledge and confidence of teachers delivering sport, provided more hours for children to be physically active in a structured way, identified gifted and talented young sports stars of the future and created new and innovative concepts that were not readily available to meet the demand of most schools. These include dance, gymnastics, orienteering or balance bike training.
The forward-thinking partnership has allowed us to work with a record number of primary school teachers, as well as over 1,400 children – providing sport above the standards required by the national curriculum. It has also created the pathways to showcase their skills at the highest possible level. This has included aspiring footballers being given the opportunity to join Blackburn Rovers’ Academy.
Adam Morris, year six teacher and PE coordinator at Holy Souls RC Primary School, Blackburn, told us: “The Premier League Primary Stars programme has been brilliant for the pupils’ learning, attitude, con dence, self-esteem and wellbeing.”