Cross curricular - Albion in the Community

Cross curricular

We don’t just use football to help pupils reach their sporting potential but also progress in their academic studies too.

One area where we’ve made a big impact is using football to support pupils struggling with their numeracy and literacy.

Football match statistics, fantasy football line-ups and even the length of the American Express Community Stadium grass are all used to engage pupils and help them learn and develop.

Millions of words are written and spoken about football across the world every day. We help pupils develop their literacy skills through writing inspiring half-time team talks or by being the manager and taking part in a mock press conference.

Sessions usually form part of a six or ten-week programme and take place in schools, often with small groups in need of additional support. Groups are rewarded with a tour of the stadium to recognise the effort and progress they’ve made.

We also deliver a number of exciting programmes at the stadium, supported by American Express volunteers, as part of the award-winning Realise the Potential of the Community partnership, including:

  • Goal Difference – a five-week curriculum-time programme that supports struggling primary school pupils improve their numeracy skills and confidence.
  • Code Girls – a five week after school programme for secondary schools, which aims to increase the number of girls choosing STEM subjects at school and as future careers.
  • Business Masterclasses – an inspirational day that provides Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils with an insight into the business of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. Pupils get the chance to design, develop and pitch their own business ideas to club and charity representatives.

For more information, or to arrange a meeting with Albion in the Community’s curriculum development officer Rob Josephs, email us at:


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