Education and Learning News from 4imprint
Often referred to as ‘the beautiful game,’ football these days is more than just a game. Football Clubs throughout the country have been playing their part in promoting and providing on-going learning opportunities within their wider community. The learning environment plays a vital role in sustaining the motivation to learn and there is something truly magical about taking learning out of the classroom and visiting a Premier or Championship League football club.

One such club taking an active role within its community is Championship League club Brighton & Hove Albion with its extensive Albion in the Community initiatives. Having participated for many years in the ‘Playing for Success’ scheme, the club now runs numerous community programmes in the areas of disability, education, health and the environment. It became an Apple Regional Training Centre last year, enabling youngsters from throughout Sussex to participate in learning sessions at the AMEX Stadium, using the very latest technology. It has also devised programmes for young adults who aren’t in education or employment and partners companies throughout the region in delivering a range of work placements and training opportunities with its Opt-In Plus scheme.

‘Premier League Reading Stars,’ run in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust, has just launched its 2013 programme aimed at pupils in Years 5 & 6 struggling to reach the end of Key Stage expectations. 1,000 schools received a free resource pack, and any other school can participate and buy their own pack, which includes a host of Premier League branded incentives.

If you’re looking to extend learning outside the classroom why not consider the following ideas to help bring learning to life for your pupils:

  • Are you based near a large football club running education schemes that you can take part in?
  • If your pupils aren’t sports mad, pick a different topic that you know they enjoy, like music or fashion. Devise a name for your project and put together your own branded resource packs such as notebooks, badges, pens and certificates.
  • Does your class have its own Facebook page? It’s a great way to encourage them to see the value of literacy and numeracy – in an everyday environment that they’re all familiar with. Don’t worry if you’re not social media savvy – the kids will love ‘showing teacher’ how it works!
  • Could you partner up with a team of parents to promote a ‘Dads & Lads’ initiative with a series of challenges – all utilising key numeracy, literacy and IT skills. Prizes could include branded wristbands, keyrings or Dads & Lads bookmarks.
  • For teachers of younger students The National Literacy Trust has lots of resources in their Young Reader Programme and for those about to leave school, their Words for Work programme partners secondary school students with volunteers from the corporate world. Their Words for Work competition 2013 has recently been launched and the deadline isn’t until the end of June so there’s still plenty of time to enter.

And if you really want to get your children involved, register for updates from the Join In Local Sports 2013 website and encourage your class to get active over their summer break. With over 1,000 activities already registered and schemes throughout the country, Join In could be just the start they need to see them racing into the summer.

Further Reading

Albion in the Community
http://www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk

The National Literacy Trust – Premier League Reading Stars
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/plrs_challenges_home

The National Literacy Trust
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk

The National Literacy Trust – Young Reader Programme
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/nyrp

The National Literacy Trust – Words for Work Competition
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/words_for_work

Join In – Join In Local Sports 2013
https://www.joininuk.org/about