Inspired by the ‘double’ winning season of 1998, the Arsenal Double Club is an innovative education programme which combines football and learning.
Mirroring the two halves of a game of football, the programme combines a 45 minute classroom session, in which Arsenal related educational resources are used, with a 45 minute football coaching session in the playground. The resources are aimed at reluctant learners and those in need of a boost to their studies.
The Double Club scheme started as a literacy intervention programme and today incorporates a wide range of academic subjects including science, healthy living, literacy, modern languages, history, business studies and geography. In recent years, many of the paper based resources have been replaced by digital versions.
The scheme is now running in over 30 after-school clubs across London and Hertfordshire, with additional weekend and holiday clubs. The programme is used in Arsenal in the Community’s estate work, in pupil referral units, special schools and prisons. Double Club materials have also been used in Arsenal in the Community projects overseas.
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