Primary school children across England and Wales are being encouraged to celebrate sporting diversity in a joint initiative between The Premier League and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The sporting organisations have come together to create ‘Roar! for Diversity’ a curriculum-linked PSHE resource and competition for 7-11-year olds.
Available to download for free from the Premier League Primary Stars website (www.plprimarystars.com) and ECB’s schools’ partner, Chance to Shine (www.chancetoshine.org), the key stage 2 resource will enable teachers to discuss with their class how diversity within a team helps to make it stronger.
Pupils can then create an advert celebrating diversity which can be entered into a competition and can win match tickets or a school visit from the Premier League or Cricket World Cup trophies.
The Roar! For Diversity pack includes lesson plans and video resources featuring contributions from England cricketers Adil Rashid, Sophia Dunkley and Premier League match official Sian Massey-Ellis.
To mark the launch, World Cup winning cricket captain Eoin Morgan and Liverpool footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surprised children at Lawrence Community Primary School in Liverpool to take part in a classroom discussion about the importance of diversity in sport.
The sports stars answered questions and joined the children in groups to complete worksheet exercises ahead of creating their Roar! for Diversity adverts.
Eoin Morgan said: “You just need to look our World Cup winning side from this summer to understand the strength that diversity brings to a group.
“We are a team from a range of different backgrounds and cultures. By working together, supporting each other and appreciating everyone’s abilities and differences, we’re definitely stronger together.”
Lawrence Community Primary School head teacher Mark Rigby said: “We were thrilled to be chosen to support the launch of the Roar! for Diversity campaign. We’re a large and diverse school, with 28 different languages spoken, so we’re fully on board with the message that a diverse team is a strong team.
“The children were over the moon to meet Eoin Morgan and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and have their photos taken with the Premier League and Cricket World Cup trophies.
“Our children also really got into the spirit of the competition and enjoyed creating adverts to celebrate the theme of diversity. It has been fantastic to have the players here and it will be a day the children will always remember.”