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Good Practice - Case Study
Watford Playing for Success
Inspired to Learn
CSF works in partnership with Watford FC.
Playing for Success (PfS) is a DfES funded national initiative which uses sport to motivate young people to become successful learners. The purpose of the project is to use the environment and medium of football as a motivational tool in order to raise literacy, numeracy and ICT achievement.
How do pupils improve?
NFER National Evaluation of PfS 2002 findings (included Watford FC)
Recent Visit to the Centre by Tony Blair
On 20 January 2005 thirteen lucky pupils from Holywell Primary School were lucky enough to meet the Prime Minister at the Watford Learning Centre. Mr Blair, and Claire Ward MP, saw the children using the Centre’s cutting edge ICT equipment to develop and improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Mr Blair also sat in front of an interactive whiteboard and joined in with some spelling games. The day was “…a marvellous, yet surreal experience for us all..” explained Centre Manager, Julia Bateson. “Mr Blair related well to the children and was very interested to see how the Government/CSF funded project was benefitting over 260 Hertfordshire pupils a year. It was also a real honour for the staff to gain recognition for their work from the Prime Minister. It is not something we shall forget.”
Mark Ashton, Chief Executive of Watford FC, said: “It was great that Mr Blair took time out from his busy schedule to visit the Watford Learning Centre. The youngsters were all very excited by his visit and it was great recognition for the important work carried out by the Centre.”
Gill Jones – Head of Standards and School Effectiveness Division
– said: “CSF is delighted to see the Playing for Success Project
at Watford Football Club gain recognition from the Prime Minister’s
visit. Since the Centre opened in 2000, we have seen over 1,500 Hertfordshire
children, from more than 50 primary and secondary schools, raise their
achievement by improving their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills through
the study support project.”