Premier League talks Maths with Rachel Riley at Leicester City FC for World Maths Day

Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton and Conor Tee’s maths skills were put to the test by Countdown presenter Rachel Riley at an event at King Power Stadium to mark World Maths Day!

Around 60 children from four local primary schools attended the event, which saw LCFC Community Trust launch their Premier League Primary Stars maths provision, ‘5000/1’.

The initiative uses the power of football and the appeal of the Premier League to inspire learning and get children engaging with maths in an active and stimulating way.

During the event, the pupils took part in a series of maths-related activities, before being joined by Riley, Albrighton, Tee and Club Mascot Filbert Fox pitchside for a game of Battleships.

Speaking to LCFC TV, Marc Albrighton said: “If I could’ve done this when I was a kid, come to a football stadium and learn maths, then I probably would’ve come out with better grades! It’s an important life skill, it’s a main subject that you need to know about. You need it in everyday life, so it’s important to concentrate and make sure that you do your best in it.”

The visit concluded in The Gallery, where a short Q&A session was held with each of the special guests - and Riley hosted a game of Countdown.

Speaking to LCFC TV, Rachel said: “Football is a brilliant maths material to promote numeracy. If you think about kids playing online, they’re all looking at statistics to pick their favourite players, they’re looking at pie charts, they’re looking at heat maps, at how many runs a player has made, how many goals a team has scored and how many points teams have in the table. This event is about showing children that maths has a real everyday practical use and can be fun at the same time.”

Premier League Primary Stars Maths is available in LCFC Community Trust’s partner primary schools from this month.

Community Director Allison Tripney said: “We think it’s really important to show the link between football and academic subjects. We’re very keen to support what teachers do and give the young people in our local schools the best chance to achieve the highest grades possible.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.plprimarystars.com.

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