Asian Cup goes to schools nationwide

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee has created an education program to help thousands of students develop their football skills.

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee has created an education program to help thousands of students develop their football skills as well as learn more about Australia-s relationship with Asia.

The program is a free online tool available to all primary schools following an extensive trial at 23 schools around the country. To register for the education program teachers can go to: www.afcasiancup.com/education

The education resource will become one of the key legacies of AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, the biggest ever football tournament staged in Australia.

The program uses AFC Asian Cup football themes as a teaching aid in English, Mathematics, Art and Health and Physical Education for children in Years 3-6.

It was developed in consultation with Education Departments in all AFC Asian Cup host states and territories - NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT - as well as the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Local Organising Committee CEO Michael Brown said: “The Asian Cup is more than a football tournament.

“We want it to bring communities together through sport and to use football as a tool to help young people learn about Asia.

“Our education resource is designed to meet governments- national curriculum priorities of Australia-s engagement with Asia, and promotes the Asian Cup to school communities.

“This project is an important legacy that the AFC Asian Cup can leave for football and for Australian school children.”

The program has been developed by a committee of educators and academics representing the states hosting AFC Asian Cup matches and national education bodies.

NSW Central Coast school principal and former Socceroo Terry Greedy said his students at Woy Woy South Public School had enthusiastically embraced the Asian Cup education resource during the program-s trial.

“It has presented a wonderful opportunity for our kids to step up as leaders and encourage the younger ones to develop their skills in football,” he said.

“We have 320 kids involved in this program and they have thoroughly enjoyed it,” said the former Socceroos goalkeeper.

Gosford Mayor and former Central Coast Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna said: “Football can be used as an avenue to teach kids what it-s like in all the different Asian cultures and countries.

“And when the Asian Cup comes to our shores in January 2015 it will be a great opportunity to watch the best teams in Asia.”

Sydney FC star Nick Carle said: “It-s great to see kids not only playing the game but learning about Asia.

“In 10 or 15 years you will see how much Asian football has come alive,” said Carle, who watched a mini-Asian Cup played as part of the program at Greenway Park Public School in Sydney-s west.

Greenway Park Public School relieving assistant Principal David Shearer said: “The resource gave us everything we needed, and the kids are really excited about the Asian Cup.”

As a 21st century teaching and learning program it provides teachers and students in English, Maths, Art and Health and Physical Education with an exciting opportunity to meet the Australian Curriculum's cross curricula priority with Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

If you would like the Club to visit your school as part of the program please download, complete and return the School Form