Football Federation Australia have announced it has released a new interactive online football resource for primary school students.
Titled the ‘Schools Football Workbook’, the resource gives children and their teachers the opportunity to learn and become fans of the world game.
The online resource covers four separate areas:
Active: Focuses on physical literacy, with students also learning the value of good nutritional habits and eating practices.
Experience: Based off FFA’s MiniRoos program, students can complete footballs skills and challenges via video tutorials.
Transition: This section helps individuals identify pathways to access their local football club and link-up with member federations.
Fans: Students can participate in interactive projects with the aim of learning about the A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas.
Speaking about the workbook, FFA CEO James Johnson claims he is pleased with what has been produced.
“This is an important piece of work to bring football to the classroom via an interactive, digital resource that will prove invaluable to primary schools as they work through the COVID-19 situation. It will enable boys and girls to remain connected with football, while staying active, healthy and happy,” Johnson said in a statement on Monday.
“We have taken a whole of game approach in the development of the workbook and I’d like to acknowledge the great contribution the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League clubs and the member federations make in the schools’ space, and the effort they’ve put into this project alongside FFA.
“This workbook will complement the work our stakeholders undertake with schools and will enhance football’s future delivery model.
“We may be moving to a relaxation of social isolation measures over the coming weeks, but we believe this workbook will be of great benefit to schools, teachers and students long after the coronavirus pandemic is over.”
Sport Australia General Deputy Manager of Participation James Ceely praised football’s governing body for the initative they have shown.
“It’s great to see Football Federation Australia embedding physical literacy into resources for schools,” he said.
“Through these fun and engaging football activities, children can develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes they need to be physically active for life.”
Schools and teachers can register and download the workbook here.