Date published: 17/03/2015
Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne returned to his old primary school today to help launch this year’s Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme. At the event, which took place at the Allen Edward Primary School in Stockwell, Clyne was joined by Women’s England international Fran Kirby to distribute a free full football team kit to Year 5 and 6 pupils at the school.
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme, which is now in its fourth year, sees players from each of the 20 Premier League Clubs donate full team kits to schools across the country. Any school and district teams can apply online by clicking this link to also be in with a chance of receiving a free full team kit: http://pl.fluidsurveys.com/s/premierleagueplayerskitscheme2015/
To date the Premier League, alongside its official partner, Nike, have provided 48,825 individual kits to junior teams both via the online national application system and through individual player nominations.
Clyne, who took part in a sports session and Q&A with the pupils also spoke about his journey from playing football in the playground to taking part in matches on the world stage, saying:
“The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is a great initiative and I’m proud to be able to revisit my primary school as a top-flight player and give something back to those who helped support and encourage my progression as both a student and as a football player. I hope the donation of these football kits will help inspire children nationwide to play sport, get active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Simon Morgan, Head of Community Development at the Premier League added:
“Over 3,000 schools and district teams have already benefited from the Premier League Players’ Kit scheme thanks to donations from Premier League players. I hope that the attraction of having the Premier League badge on their shirts will encourage more schools to sign up via the online application form, which in turn will help encourage their participation in football.”
To apply, please click here.
Notes to Editors
- The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme has given 48,825 football kits to 3,255 schools and junior clubs since it started in 2011.
- Open to applications from schools and district teams in England and Wales up until Friday 24 April
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The Barclays Premier League is the most watched continuous annual global sporting event in the world. Last season 13.9 million fans attended matches with record average stadium occupancy of 95.9%. Across nine months of the year, 380 matches are viewed in 175 countries with coverage available in over 650 million households.
The quality of Premier League football and the interest that it generates allows us to support all areas of the sport. This season we will invest in more than 50 new artificial grass roots pitches in communities across the UK and deliver hundreds of projects that focus on improving sports coaching in schools and inspiring young people to play sport. The financial investment in this important area of our work will be £56m.
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