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Premier League Primary Stars Rainbow Laces


Premier League Primary Stars Rainbow Laces

Values, Diversity, Fairness, Playtimes

These activities aim to raise pupil awareness of gender stereotyping, and the detrimental and limiting effect it can have on someone’s behaviour, self-esteem and future aspirations. Pupils are encouraged to think about where stereotypes could be challenged and how they can be a good ally.

Each activity takes approximately 15-20 minutes to deliver, but are designed to be flexible. You may find that the discussions or other outcomes generated by an activity last up to an hour, could be fitted into a short period at the end of the day, or extend over more than one lesson. The ‘Gender walk’ in Activity 5 is likely to take longer.

This pack can be used alongside the activities on allyship in the No Room For Racism - Stereotyping pack.


What resources are in this pack?

How long does it take to deliver this pack?

clock 15-20 minutes per activity

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • describe what gender stereotyping is, how to recognise it and ways to challenge it when it occurs
  • explain why and how gender stereotyping can have a negative effect on someone’s thoughts, behaviour and potential, and is damaging for individuals, communities and society as a whole
  • identify ways in which to avoid stereotyping to ensure that everyone can achieve their potential
  • identify ways to be a good ally in different areas of life.

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Photo displays a football boot with rainbow laces.

Activity 1 Do it like a…

This activity prompts pupils to start thinking about the language we might use and the impact this can have on individuals and society as a whole.


Film: Do it like a...

This short film can be used with Activity 1 as a way to prompt thinking about the skills and attributes expected from girls.

Ingrid Moe Wold of Everton is challenged by Demi Stokes of Manchester City during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final match between Everton Women and Manchester City Women at Wembley Stadium on November 01, 2020 in London, England.

Activity 2 What kind of person?

In this activity, pupils are asked to think about what are considered "male" or "female" characteristics and start to come up with ways to challenge stereotypes.

Photo displays the Rainbow flag (LGBT)

Activity 3 Things we love to do

This activity asks pupils to challenge stereotypical notions of something being exclusively "male" or "female" as well as considering that it is ok to be neither.


Activity 5 Making a change

There are two options for this activity, which consolidates pupils' learning through thinking of ways they can challenge and avoid gender stereotypes in their own lives and make everyone feel included. An extension activity asks them to consider changes that could be made in their local community.

Photo displays four young girls.

Activity 6 Be an ally

This activity introduces pupils to allyship and encourages them to think of top tips for being a good ally. It also helps them think about how to demonstrate allyship by making a pledge, inspired by the Premier League values.



Gender pledge poster

Use this poster to document your class's or school's gender pledge. Then piece it together and display your rainbow lace!

Photo of the t-shirt that pupils will design.

Extra time: Design a football shirt

This activity could be used as an extension or take-home activity. Pupils are asked to design a football shirt to celebrate being inclusive and welcoming, including a rainbow design and a message to encourage everyone to be a good ally.

This activity is available in front of login so that families can do this together at home.