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Community Trust Join Forces With Local Primary School To Combat Litter

13 July 2021

Pupils from Holy Family RC Primary School in Rochdale are making a difference in their local community, thanks to the Premier League Primary Stars programme delivered by Rochdale AFC Community Trust.

The ‘Change the World Team’ team, named by the children from the school, worked with Graham Hicks, Primary Stars Coordinator, to deliver an impactful social action project.

The pupils held discussions and surveys in school before deciding on the mission to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to benefit their local community.

This Social action project was developed using #iWill principles of great social action, ensuring the project was challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.

You can see the project in action by watching the video at the top of this page.

"The pupils were rally passionate about the local community and came up with many ideas of how they could make an impact," commented Graham Hicks, who leads the Primary Stars programme locally.

"It was great to see the children really engaged. They identified the problem, what could be done and then put a plan into action and the results were fantastic.

"Not only did we make an immediate difference to Balderstone Park, but the children realised that they can play a huge part in their local community. 

"The next project is an art project using bottle tops, highlighting the need to take bottle tops off before recycling, and they will also be switching to reusable water bottles in school to further cut down on disposable plactic.

"I’m looking forward to seeing how the group further develop their ideas.”

Premier League Primary Stars is a programme designed to inspire primary school children in everything from English to Maths as well as PE, sports days and social action projects through curriculum and values linked lessons.

Rochdale AFC Community Trust are funded to deliver the project locally and are looking for schools who would like to get involved in the programme, which is offered totally free to school in Rochdale.

For more information please get in touch with Graham.Hicks@rochdaleafc.co.uk or schools can check out our 2021/22 schools brochure here: https://rochdaleafccommunity.org/docs/RAFC-Schools-offer.pdf

We would also like to thank Rochdale Borough Council for their support of the project.


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