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Football: Teaching Children the Importance of Democracy

7 April 2015

Thousands of children will learn about the importance of Parliament and democracy thanks to an innovative project run by The FLT in partnership with Parliament’s Education Service.

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Parliament’s Education Service aims to inform, engage and empower young people in the work of Parliament, politics and democracy. It provides resources and support for students and teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the role, work and history of Parliament, and supports MPs and Peers in their work with young people. It is a non-partisan, impartial learning service focused around the three core messages that Parliament is relevant, Parliament is yours, and Parliament is evolving.

About Parliament’s Education Service
•    Hull City
•    Grimsby
•    York City
•    Scunthorpe
•    Huddersfield Town
•    Bradford City
•    Leeds United
•    Rotherham
•    Barnsley
•    Sheffield United
•    Sheffield Wednesday
•    Doncaster Rovers

The participating clubs are

Dr Emma-Jane Watchorn, Head of Education at the Houses of Parliament, said:  “We are delighted to be partnering with the Football League Trust in this exciting new project. Football provides a great way to help young people learn about decision-making, justice and fair play – all of which relate to the democratic process. As election fever hits the country, this is a great way – and a great time – to get students involved and debating the issues that matter to them.”

Mike continues, “Especially in an election year it is vitally important that children understand the importance of a democratic process and why it is relevant to them. This is why we are delighted to be working with Parliament’s Education Service to get this message across.”

Mike Evans, Director of Operations at the Football League Trust, commented “It’s not immediately obvious why football is teaching children about the democratic process. However, football clubs are based at the heart of their communities and the power of the club badge within that community means children are often prepared to listen when coaches and players visit schools.”

The twelve professional Football clubs in Yorkshire will use the power of football to go into schools to educate children about the work of Parliament and its relevance to them. The programme targets both primary and secondary schools and will reach over 14,000 children over the next six months.  The Football Club’s community Trusts will visit schools to talk to students about Parliament, politics and democracy through the themes of gamesmanship, rule-making and active citizenship.

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