The Premier League has announced that a host of professional football club community organisations across England and Wales will deliver free sessions to support more than 15,000 children during the school holidays.
The free Premier League Summer Sessions will aim to enhance the number of opportunities available to young people over the holidays, with activities tailored to suit local community needs and include football sessions and tournaments, primary and secondary school education sessions, as well as social action initiatives.
The summer sessions will also include support from EFL clubs around the country, too, with many providing access to meals - either directly or alongside local partners - as they did during the Christmas and Easter school holidays.
The sessions will run until the end of August, when normal weekly Premier League-funded community activity will resume.
Richard Masters, Chief Executive at the Premier League, said: “The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for young people, especially those who have had disrupted school terms.
“Community teams at Premier League and EFL clubs carry out a huge amount of incredible work all year round and have adapted brilliantly to offer different ways of staying in touch during the pandemic. These school holiday sessions are another way that we and our clubs are supporting those most in need to get active, develop their personal skills and build friendships.”
The Premier League Summer Sessions will build on the year-round delivery of the Premier League Primary Stars, Premier League Kicks, and Premier League Inspires programmes.
Premier League Primary Stars complements school work by providing children with curriculum-linked sessions covering English, Maths, PE and PSHE, while the Premier League Kicks programme sees clubs work with young people to build more inclusive communities. The latter is run in ‘areas of high need’, and are supported by partners including the police, and include workshops that cover societal issues like racism and discrimination, focusing on the Premier League’s No Room For Racism initiative.
Meanwhile, the Premier League Inspires sessions are designed to support 11 to 25-year-olds who are marginalised or ‘at risk of not reaching their potential’. Over the summer, the league says there will be a large focus by clubs on supporting Year 6 pupils’ wellbeing as they ready themselves for the transition to secondary school.