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Playing for Success International

PfS International is a pilot project in partnership with the British Council’s Dreams and Teams programme, linking six English football clubs with schools and football clubs across the world.  Using the theme of citizenship, each project is exploring different ways of sharing each others’ cultures. 

In January 2003, Manchester United FC was the venue for a conference attended by representatives from each partner country who worked withCentre Managers to devise the first round of projects.  These are: 

Liverpool FC – BarcelonaFC   

Mascots from Liverpool and Barcelona football clubs are sent on exchange tours. Pupils photograph their visitor touring their city to illustrate its culture and diversity for inclusion on a website.  Pupils also assemble resource packs of images and objects about their city to send to their overseas partners.   To find out more click here to visit the Liverpool and Barcelona website.

Ipswich Town FC – Ghana 

Project 'Kabom' (Ghanaian for ‘togetherness’) is an e-mail exchange programme where pupils are challenged to develop their understanding of each other’s lifestyles and then work to organise a simultaneous football tournament in each country.  To find out more click here to visit the Project 'Kabom' website.

Newcastle United FC – Schalke ’04 FC  

Pupils linked to Newcastle United FC and Schalke 04 FC contribute to a website Pit and Puett’, based around the mutual coalmining heritage of the two cities and explore differences and similarities.  Schalke 04 FC will open a PfS centre in 2004. 

Manchester City FC – Israel 

Pupils from an Arab school and a Jewish school in Israel and pupils from the Manchester City FC study centre e-mail each other about their schools, environments and sports/leisure time and produce articles for a joint website. 

Manchester United FC – Malaysia 

Pupils linked to Manchester United FC and Perlis in Malaysia take part in e-mail exchanges, video-conferencing and internet research.  Pupils will then produce material to promote each other’s home town/city, which is put onto a joint website. 

Leeds United FC – South Africa 

Via a website, pupils from Leeds United FC and pupils at a high school in Johannesburg explore the life and career of Lucas Radebe, his experiences of growing up and playing in South Africa, and his life as a player for Leeds United FC.  

These cross-cultural projects share the theme of citizenship and communication, and offer the pupils opportunities for development of a wide range of skills. The learning resources and activities are web-based, and access and opportunities for others to learn and benefit will increase as the project rolls out to link more PfS centres to new international partners.

A number of centres have developed other overseas links including consolidating the many parallels between the aims and objectives of Dreams and Teams and PfS.  International interest is growing, and more centres will be developing links in the future.   

At Barnsley FC, foreign Academy Youth players who have graduated into the first team, have attended PfS pupils’ ‘contract signing’ sessions and have inspired pupils’ curiosity with stories about their home countries.   

Somerset CCC developed links with India following a summer school which coincided with the club hosting the Women’s Test Match between England and India.  This was repeated when the South African team visited during the summer. 

Ipswich Town FC supports an exchange programme for pupils, and hosts International Soccer Education Camps.  Norwich City FC and West Ham United FC have developed links with the Netherlands to provide teacher training opportunities for overseas students. 

International links have developed at some centres through Local Education Authority and city-wide projects.  Everton FC has developed a link with six schools in Shanghai, which is twinned with the city of Liverpool, and has arranged exchange visits for teaching staff to share good practice.  Sunderland AFC contributes to the Wulugu Project in Ghana, and pupils write letters to children in Ghanaian schools, which receive books and equipment as part of the project. 

Through Education Leeds, Leeds United FC developed links with Dutch club Nijmegen. The club sent Civic parties to see the Leeds United PfS centre with a view to using the model in their stadium.  In September 2003 Nijmegen opened the first PfS centre outside the UK. The Leeds United centre has also used the facilities in Holland to take prize winners over as part of its Community programme. 

Leicester Tigers RUFC have made links with Auckland Primary Schools Rugby Union (APSRU).
APSRU works closely with Auckland Rugby Union to devlop junior rugby for boys and girls at primary school level, from year one to year eight. The Learning Pack leader, at Leicester Tigers Playing for Success centre hopes to start some links to tie in with the Lions' Tour and then develop a real partnership.

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