Burnley FC’s James Tarkowski and Matt Lowton and Burnley FC Women’s Leah Embley and Lauren Bracewell visited Castercliff Primary Academy in Nelson yesterday as part of a BBC and Premier League initiative called Super Movers.
The four players, alongside Clarets’ Manager Sean Dyche, star in the latest Super Movers film which showcases a series of matchday warm ups for children to try, with the aim to get them active so they are ready to learn in the classroom.
The video was launched with a whole school assembly where over 200 pupils took to the school hall floor to try out the Super Moves, before a surprise appearance from the four players who feature in the video. The children were also treated to a visit from Bertie Bee and a question and answer session with the Clarets’ stars.
Burnley FC defender Matt Lowton said: “Super Movers aims to get kids active and give them some ideas for exercises and moves. We came today and surprised the kids – it was nice to see the smiles on their faces and help them out!”
Sam Howell, Sport Development Manager at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “The Premier League Primary Stars programme and Super Movers is inspiring children across Burnley, Pendle and the surrounding areas to get active both in school and outside of school.
“To get the backing from the manager, the first team players and Burnley FC Women is outstanding. What a day for the children!”
Burnley FC Women’s Lauren Bracewell said: “It’s good to see the children getting involved and staying active. And there were so many girls putting their hands up and asking questions today about football! When I was younger it wasn’t like it – it’s very promising.”
Super Movers content is designed to encourage pupils to be active so they are ready to learn. Physical activity can positively impact educational outcomes with improvements in pupils’ concentration, motivation and enjoyment of learning.
Dr Lauren Sherar, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University, who is an academic advisor for Super Movers, said: “There is growing evidence supporting beneficial effects of active learning on education-related outcomes. Super Movers is a fantastic programme to help teachers create a fun and active classroom.”
The full Burnley FC Super Movers film can be viewed on the Super Movers website here.
If you know a school that could benefit from the Premier League Primary Stars and Super Movers programme, please contact Sam Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 704 716.