Primary School programmes

Joy of Moving programme

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) delivers a programme for schools in Greenwich and Kent in partnership with Ferrero and the EFL Trust to encourage children to take part in physical activity, build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and adopt an active lifestyle.

The Joy of Moving programme is part of Ferrero’s global Kinder+Sport initiative designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in children across the world. The programme has a national target to move 21,300 children, through 192,000 hours of activity and education across the UK and Ireland.

Over the course of six weeks, children from Year 5 classes (nine-10 year olds) will spend nine hours learning about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Each week the children will take part in a 90 minute session; spending 45 minutes in the classroom covering six different topics related to the body, nutrition, the importance of exercise and information about food groups, in line with the recommendations in the Government’s eatwell plate; and then they will spend 45 minutes taking part in a practical session made up of football, handball and dodgeball (two weeks per sport).

For more information, please contact Michael Ward, CACT's Head of Football & Sports Development, on

Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League Primary Stars is an education programme which connects learning to the world of sport.

CACT has worked to deliver Primary Stars in various schools across the Royal Borough of Greenwich since 2016 through its Premier League Programme Officer and other members of the Football and Sports Development team.

The programme combines subjects like Maths and English, with sport, particularly football, but also helps children develop life skills. Reading and creative writing challenges are an important part of the scheme. Primary Stars is available to every school nationally, working with children between five and 11 years old.

CACT is providing a wide range of services and adapted programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is proud to launch Be Connected, a Primary Stars initiative which encourages young participants to support vulnerable people in your community through your words and drawings. Participants are encouraged to write or draw about:

  • Why you decided to write to an isolated person
  • How you keep yourself entertained
  • What your favourite time of the day is and why
  • What positive messages you would you like to share with someone feeling lonely?

Click here for details about how to enter. For more information, please contact Anthony Quarm, CACT's Premier League Programme Officer, on

Schools Partnership

The school partnership is a free scheme for Greenwich schools to get involved and comes with many benefits to students and their families. Schools will get a Charlton school partnerships football kit for their school team, tickets for students and their parents for a home game in the 2018/19 League 1 season, opportunities to visit The Valley and an invitation to a tournament on the pitch at the end of the season.

As well as this, schools are able to gain access to more opportunities by attending more games through our school partnership rewards scheme. For more information, please contact Bradley Marshall, CACT's Senior Football & Sports Development Officer, on

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