Stephen Kenny helps launch new Spar FAI School Zone

Stephen Kenny and Colin Donnelly. (Photo by Stephen McCarthy /Sportsfile)

Four weeks of football themed primary school lessons designed by school teachers

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Spar’s new digital learning platform, Spar FAI School Zone, has been launched with Republic of Ireland international manager Stephen Kenny.

Developed by the FAI, the platform for teachers and parents of primary school children in fourth, fifth and sixth class offers interactive and engaging lesson plans designed with both the classroom and home schooling in mind. The lesson plans have been designed in consultation with a panel of teachers and promise to engage, educate, and enthuse students.

The new teaching resource will be hosted on the FAI’s website with innovative football themed lessons uploaded twice a week over the course of four weeks – beginning 15 March and running until 12 April. The heavily resourced and user-friendly lessons will cover core subjects such as maths, history, geography, English, art, Irish and healthy eating will be emailed to teachers and parents weekly along with answer sheets.

Parents and teachers who sign up for the Spar FAI School Zone will be automatically entered into a competition, which will see one school in each county winning a special commissioned football kit. One school selected from all participating schools nationwide will win a grand prize of a Zoom call with three Irish International players for their class.

“We’ve been supporting the FAI for over six years now through our sponsorship of the Spar Primary School 5s competition,” said Colin Donnelly, sales director, Spar. “It’s been an exceptional year for teachers, parents and students and while the Spar 5s may not be going ahead we are equally delighted to be sponsoring this initiative.

“So much work has gone into this programme to make it educational, fun and easy to deliver for parents and teachers alike. By signing up you’ll not only have all the resources and lessons delivered straight to your email but you’ll be in with a chance of winning brilliant prizes for your school.”

Speaking about the initiative, Stephen Kenny said: “The Spar FAI School Zone will give the fourth, fifth and sixth class students a fun and engaging way to learn through football. Ireland’s men’s and women’s teams feature in the hub through English and history lessons, while our own FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group is brought to life in a geography lesson.

“The past 12 months has been tough for everyone, but I hope the School Zone can bring some enjoyment to the boys and girls who will use it.”

The sponsorship of the Spar FAI School Zone initiative, developed by the FAI, is a continuation of Spar’s dedication to grassroots football, following on from the successful Spar FAI Primary School 5s Programme.

 

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