First Team 13/05/2017

Trust | Gomes Marks PL Primary Stars Launch

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes this week visited St Anthony’s RC Primary and Nursery School in Watford to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme.

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. 

Gomes joined in a Premier League Primary Stars PE session delivered by Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust, which involved football drills with a group Year 4 pupils.

The Brazilian said: “Today has been a lot of fun! I believe football has the power to inspire so for the Premier League to be involved in projects like this is huge and helps the kids to go on and achieve great things in their life.”

While he was there, Heurelho also helped launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme.

Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free football strips or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at

Parents can also nominate their school via the Premier League Primary Stars website. This year’s application window opens from 24 April – 9 June.

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme will allow teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment that can be used for different subject areas. 

The football kit package includes: 14 football shirts, one goalkeeper shirt, 15 pairs of shorts and 15 pairs of socks. The equipment package includes: a roller bag, bibs, training balls, pop-up goals, a whistle, a ball pump, a captain's armband, hoops, cones, bean bags, giant dice and floor markers. 

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme is supported by Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.

Register for the Premier League Primary Stars programme at

First Team 13/05/2017

Trust | Deeney Delivers School Football Kit

Hornets captain Troy Deeney recently paid a surprise visit to local school, Shepherd Primary, to deliver their brand-new football kit courtesy of the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme. 

The gasps of excitement were immediate as the Watford number nine dropped in on a school assembly, with children and staff eager to hear from their hero.

Deeney spoke with the pupils about his career and what it’s like to be a Premier League footballer, before inviting the school’s football team up to the front of the assembly to receive their brand-new kit. 

Speaking of the event, Deeney said: “It’s great to see the Premier League getting behind schools with kit donations like today. Seeing the excitement the kit brought the school’s football team was really special, I wish them the best of luck in it!”

The successful visit was organised by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust as part of their wider schools provision.

The Trust deliver extra-curricular clubs, healthy lifestyles projects and the Premier League Primary Stars programme, all of which Shepherd Primary have taken part in.

Headteacher Claire Foad spoke of the impact the day has had on the school: “We really value the partnership we have with Watford FC’s Community Trust. The visit from Troy today was inspirational and thrilled the whole school!

“Troy was fantastic with the children, it‘s certainly a day they will never forget. The visit was topped off with the brand-new kit for our school football team; our thanks go to the Premier League.”

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme is open to all primary school teachers who sign up for free curriculum-linked teaching resources from before June 9.

Parents can also nominate their child’s school for the programme at the same website.