Spireites and DT team up for kids

The Spireites and Eckington school pupils at the Derbyshire times office to liase with a sports project.
The Spireites and Eckington school pupils at the Derbyshire times office to liase with a sports project.

A footie literacy initiative is kick–starting young people in their school careers.

Chesterfield FC has teamed up with schools around the area to improve pupils’ literacy as part of the Inspire Media Academy.

Pupils from Eckington School are currently taking part in the scheme.

Fourteen–year–old Jordan Green, of Killamarsh, said: “It’s about improving English literacy by using football to engage us.”

During the ten–week 
after-school course the pupils are taught things such as interview techniques in order to improve their English skills.

Kaydan Walker, 14,of Ridgeway, said: “We’re taught to ask open questions and also be in control of the interview.”

Charlie Wilson, 14, of Eckington, added: “We get to interview the Chesterfield FC manager Paul Cook at the end and test our interview techniques.”

Teacher Sam Andrews said: “I’m really impressed. I have never seen them so well behaved.

“This is part of a strategy to raise attainment.”

Thirteen–year–old Tyler Pass, of Eckington, added: “It helps me out with English.”

Jordan said he thought the project would prove useful to him in the future, for example if he was to run his own business.

He added that he would never have chosen to do extra English in the past, however he was enjoying the project.