- Harry Maguire and Harvey Barnes visit Old Mill Primary School as the Primary Stars tournament approaches
- Teams from across the country will represent their local Premier League clubs at King Power Stadium
- Maguire and Barnes present the Club's U11s Girls' team with their official kits ahead of the event
- Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury were on hand at Willowbrook Primary to meet the U11s Mixed side
- The nationwide competition is set to take place on Tuesday 22 May on Filbert Way
On Tuesday 22 May, schools from across the country will arrive in Leicester to represent their local Premier League clubs for a day of fun activities and competitions on the pitch on Filbert Way.
The tournament, run since 2006, aims to provide participants with a unique opportunity to compete against other teams from England’s top flight at some of the most impressive grounds in the country.
City’s selected youngsters, split into U11s Girls' and Mixed groups, have been pitted against AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea and Newcastle United in Group A.
Primary Stars Countdown Continues With Maguire & Barnes
Leicester City stars Harry Maguire and Harvey Barnes visit Old Mill Primary School as the countdown continues for the Primary Stars tournament.
The Girls’ team will be represented by pupils from Old Mill Primary School, where Maguire and Barnes visited in Broughton Astley on Wednesday, while the Mixed group attend Willowbrook Primary School in Bushby.
With just over a month to go until the big day, pupils from both schools were treated to very special visits from Foxes stars, with Academy graduates Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury also in attendance at Willowbrook.
The seven selected students from both schools were presented with their official kits by the City stars, before receiving some useful pointers about playing on the Filbert Way turf ahead of the tournament.
Earlier this year, Kelechi Iheanacho and Christian Fuchs staged the official group stage draw, meeting children from Alderman Richard Hallam, Buswells Lodge Primary and Forest Lodge at King Power Stadium.
Both Maguire, pictured, and Barnes had some tips for the U11s Girls' team ahead of next month's contest.
Over the coming month, staff from the LCFC Community Trust will host coaching sessions for both groups on Wednesday afternoons to prepare them for the challenge ahead.
Speaking shortly afterwards, Maguire told LCFC TV: "Obviously to come back to school and see the kids’ faces when you walk in, they’re all very excited; a lot of noise, a lot of smiles, it’s always good.
"It puts a smile on my face as well as theirs. It’s very pleasing to come back and see the kids. I think what they’ve got to try and do first and foremost is enjoy it, take it all in, enjoy it.
"There are going to be a few nerves maybe, but it looks like speaking to them, there is a lot of excitement.
Primary Stars school visit
All pupils from the school were invited to a very special assembly on Wednesday.
"It’s going to be big games and hopefully, like I’ve said, if they all work hard leading up to the tournament, all prepare well and train as hard as they can and give it their best shot, they’ll hopefully get some silverware."
Barnes, meanwhile, added: "It’s always good to come and see the local kids, see how excited they get over it all and obviously there are some good things going on at the school, so it’s exciting times.
"When I was younger, I was in a similar tournament myself at primary school. The final was held at King Power Stadium. I know what they’re going through and how exciting it is, so the very best of luck to them.
"You’ve just got to enjoy it. You don’t know when these things are going to come around so you’ve just got to make the most of it on the day. Hopefully they can go through and maybe be successful enough to win it!"
For more information about Primary Stars, and the LCFC Community Trust's role within the Premier League scheme, click HERE.
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