Arsenal in the Community hosted a nationwide language competition for schoolchildren at Emirates Stadium on Friday, to celebrate Euro 2016. Over 160 pupils from 20 schools were challenged to come up with a new learning resource for the Arsenal Double Club languages programme, which uses football as a way to engage young people with learning a new language.
The ideas were tested by local primary school children from Sacred Heart & Holy Trinity, before a winner was selected. Gowerton School from Wales took first place with ‘Aaron Ramsey Uno’ - a card game that combines learning French with Welsh. It will be published and used in Arsenal Double Clubs next season. During a busy day at Emirates Stadium, students also had the chance to take a tour of the ground and hear from Arsenal staff who use second languages in their work.
Arsenal Double Club co-ordinator Steve Eadon said: “It was brilliant to welcome schools from all over the country to Emirates Stadium, and to meet so many students interested in giving a new language a try. Football and the Arsenal name can be a great way of getting young people enthusiastic about subjects that they may otherwise find difficult, and Friday was a good example of that.”
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.
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