The Liverpool FC Foundation has launched an extended programme of sports and educational activities in schools throughout Merseyside.

After a busy summer of holiday camps and events, the club’s official charity is heading back to school to work with a record number of children across the region.

Ten additional schools from the Anfield area have joined forces with the Foundation this academic year, meaning more than 5,000 local children will now be engaged in activities through its Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme, building on the organisation’s work with local schools over the last 10 years.

Andrea Cooper, head of the LFC Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic programme and we are delighted to be bringing PLPS into even more local classrooms this year.

“There will be a host of activities on offer, including over 40 sports competitions and three mini-leagues throughout the year.

“Outside of sports, we will be running workshops on money matters, drug awareness, racism and road safety as well as working with the schools on interventions to assist children struggling with behaviour and confidence issues.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting year working with even more young people across Merseyside.”

PLPS works with local schools to develop the skills and ambition of pupils aged five to 11 years, working in both a sports and classroom environment.

Linked directly to the National Curriculum, PLPS focuses on the key areas of PE, PSHE, Maths and English and provides a wealth of free activities to support both teachers and parents.

In partnership with the Premier League, the Foundation will also be offering mentoring and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to teachers through one-on-one coaching during PE lessons and bespoke CPD follow-up sessions.

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