Building on the excitement of the Scotland Men’s National Team qualification for the first major tournament in 22 years, a classroom-based teaching resource was launched at Miller Primary School in Castlemilk. The Learning Through Football initiative enables thousands of children across the country to add Scotland’s UEFA EURO 2020 adventure to their studies.
The said project was backed by Scotland head coach Steve Clarke who believes that bringing back the national sport – football – to curriculum is “important”. The programme has been developed in line with the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and includes more than 40 activities that focuses around the UEFA European Championship for teachers to download and deliver after the Christmas holidays.
“Whether it’s playing the game or being involved in the many jobs around football, Learning Through Football is a great initiative that will allow young people to learn all about the EUROS in anticipation of Scotland taking part and especially with Hampden Park being one of the host venues,” Clarke added. Pupils taking part will get an exclusive insight into the world of the Scotland National Team.
Scotland, who have never reached any major tournament since 1998 World Cup, will join Croatia, Czech Republic, England in Group D, set to played in Glasgow and London following the 5-4 penalty shootout win over Serbia. Ryan Christie struck in the 52rd minute, before Luka Jovic headed in an injury-time equalizer to take the match to extra time. Mitrovic had his spot-kick saved by David Marshall.
Marshall also expressed his support to the said initiative. “It’s great to see that qualifying for a major tournament is already having a positive influence on young people through the school curriculum. Learning Through Football is a terrific initiative and one I wished was available in the classroom when I was that age,” the Scots’ winning goalkeeper said.
Based on the established ‘inter-disciplinary learning’ model, the tool has been developed in conjunction with Glasgow’s Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport (PEPASS) team and Glasgow City Council Education Services. “It’s been a pleasure working with the UEFA EURO 2020 Glasgow team and the Scottish FA over the past couple of years to develop this extremely valuable teaching and learning tool,” David Weir, PE Lead Officer at PEPASS, said
The Euro 2020 will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. The venues for the said competition to be staged next year confirmed to be the same. Meanwhile, Clarke’s side was placed in Group F alongside Denmark, Austria, Israel, the Faroe Islands and Moldova for the World Cup 2020 qualifying round in March next year.