This term, a group of Year 9 Kingsbury High School students participated in the Arsenal Double Club initiative.
The students attended after school clubs where they practised their language skills for 45 minutes and then honed their football skills for a further 45, with a chance to socialise at half-time. The scheme hopes to raise the profile of languages in schools and encourage students to take a language at GCSE.
In the first half, students developed their language skills in the classroom, working with specially designed, Arsenal-themed workbooks, interactive PowerPoint activities and videos featuring the international stars of the Arsenal squad speaking in their native languages.
In the second half, students moved to the football pitch, where they honed not only their ball skills, but also the vocabulary and phrases they learnt in the classroom in a series of coaching activities from the Arsenal training manual.
At the end of the programme, the students were rewarded with a trip to Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, for a tour with a multilingual member of the Arsenal in the Community staff. Here, students were encouraged to practice their language skills while visiting the Directors’ Box, the media area and the changing rooms, as well as going pitch-side to see the famous turf from the manager’s perspective.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Zeinab Fekri, aged 13 said “I am really looking forward to telling other students about what a wonderful opportunity I had and how much I have improved my knowledge’’.