Arsenal's German Double Club programme, which encourages young boys and girls to learn the language through football, has been featured in a film on German television station, Deutsche Welle.
The film features cameo appearances from Per Mertesacker and Serge Gnabry, who meet pupils learning German through the Double Club and take part in games which help engage the young people and maintain their interest in language learning.
In partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and UK-German Connection, Bethnal Green Academy was identified as the perfect school to feature in the documentary, which follows a group of boys in years 7, 8, 10 and 12 who have been learning German with the help of the Arsenal Double Club.
The east London secondary school has been running the programme since 2012 and is one of 600 schools which has taken part in the Arsenal Double Club Languages programme since 2006. The innovative programme uses football as a hook to engage students in languages and uses Arsenal-based resources to help motivate and engage young people. The 45-minute classroom sessions are followed by a 45-minute session of football coaching, mirroring the two halves of a match.
The boys put the scheme into context by visiting Emirates Stadium and the Arsenal Training Centre, watching an under-21 game at Borehamwood, meeting the club's German players and visiting Berlin as part of the programme which is designed to help them learn and understand the importance of learning another language.
The Arsenal Double Club Languages programme has been running since 2006 with more than 600 schools taking up the resources to help motivate and engage pupils in language learning.
More than 12,000 pupils have learnt a language using the club’s materials, which are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jun 2014