Mar 15 2011 By Tim Johnson
Youngsters who took part in the football and writing venture at South Wirral High School
SOUTH Wirral High School launched a new initiative designed to improve literacy through playing football and reporting on the games.
The school held a special day, which involved a group of students from the school turning into footballers/journalists, as they competed to win a round robin football tournament and write the best match report.
Points were awarded for the winning teams on the field and best writing on the sidelines.
However, the 55 Year 10 students faced deductions for poor play on the field and sloppy spelling and grammar in the reports.
To compete in the project the prospective writers had to initially dress smartly, suit and tie or similar, and attend a number of short talks on how to write a match report.
During the rest of the morning the lads took turns in playing in the tournament.
When they weren’t on the field, they took up pens and notepads to report on the game they were watching.
All games were videoed and the youngsters were able to, for the sake of accuracy, refer to the images when writing the reports in the afternoon.
The winning team totalled the most points from the competition and the writing, with winner being announced as the Eastham Borough.
One of the project organisers, Matt Hardacre, believed the day had succeeded in its aims.
He said: "It was a very profitable day for the students."
"It was challenging, and there was a good balance between the competitive elements. It provided the pupils with a real aspect to their writing, it really meant something.
"The reporting was only part of a full day of events for most of our Year 10 students, from funds provided by the Creativity, Culture & Education organisation."