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United by sport: Children in Nigeria play football

Fair play or foul?

With the FIFA World Cup kicking off tomorrow (Friday, June 11), Joanna Hughes introduces a CAFOD education resource that explores football’s impact on development

and global justice

work: Brazil, England, Honduras, Mexico and Nigeria. As the world unites to watch its favourite game this

summer, CAFOD’s new education resource Fair Play or Foul? explores the industry’s impact on development and global justice. Football is not just a sport. It is also an international,


multi-million dollar industry. At worst, football can impact negatively, not only on individual players, teams and fans, but on whole communities affected by the industry. Workers building new stadia, infrastructure and transport systems, striking against low wages in 2009 and the slum communities evicted to make space for these developments, are the less heralded face of South Africa’s pitch preparation. Yet at best, the positive potential of football is huge.

Football and development education

CAFOD partners around the world use football in development: to bring communities together, foster leadership and teach values that help people overcome poverty. Fair Play or Foul? includes stories from these partners. Selected from 10 activities to explore global justice

during the World Cup finals with 11 to 14s, activities can be adapted to suit your group size, context or for 14 to 16s. This is not just for football-loving young people.

SecEd • June 10 2010

OOTBALL IS the most popular sport in the world. A record 204 of 208 FIFA member countries have entered the 2010 World Cup. These include five nations where

the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and its partners

There is something here for everyone. The activities can be used in school in cross-curricular PE, religious studies, English and citizenship lessons, or in an off- timetable session on sport and justice. Instructions are given for each activity, with curriculum links for key stage 3 teachers. Jack Regan, chaplain at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School

in Crawley, said: “The World Cup naturally gets young people thinking about those in other parts of the world. These resources link that interest excellently to some crucial issues. I have adapted the resources for display on our plasma screens in school and shared them with our PSHE co-ordinator and heads of year, all of whom have been impressed. They are visually impressive, accessible, interesting and easy to use.”


The first of 10, Kick Off is a quick-fire quiz exploring students’ knowledge of the World Cup and interconnections between the UK, Europe and the wider world (Citizenship: Key Concepts 1:3), Did you know the Women’s World Cup competition was started by a man? The Women’s World Cup was an initiative of Dr João Havelange, FIFA president from 1974 to 1998. The next Women’s World Cup is in Germany in 2011. Fair play? examines differing salaries in the

football industry. Get your group to match the weekly wage to the job. Use the discussion questions to explore why they think there is a difference in wage and who they think benefits most from the football industry. The Fact File: Who made my football? is an introduction to the issue of child labour which helps students weigh up what is fair and unfair in different situations, understanding that justice is fundamental to a

democratic society and conflict resolution (Citizenship: Key Concepts 1.1b). Fair play? can also be used in religious studies and Christian response and in PE with curriculum opportunities to make links between PE and other subjects. Hold a post-match interview with Player Profiles.

This activity shows how CAFOD partners are using football to effect positive change. It encourages the understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle (PE: Key Concepts 1:4). Learn how football has helped these players overcome their difficulties. Impoverished Recife in North

East Brazil, where drug trafficking and violence are rife, is a challenging environment for fathers, many separated from their families, bringing up children. Ednaldo, project worker and football manager at the CAFOD-funded project Growing towards Peace describes the value of team sport. “Last year for Father’s Day we invited

them to play football. Now we play every Sunday. About 30 of them are involved. More are coming now they know we can help them find work too and gain skills. We have a computer room and 29 instructors, 12 of them fathers. Their success is encouraging others to join in.” The weekly football match for

fathers, followed by social time with food and music, offers a rare opportunity for fathers to spend time together. And it is not just fathers in Brazil who can make a game of football a community event.

Mini-World Cup

Invite your students to use their planning skills by organising a mini-World Cup to help raise money for poor

communities in developing countries. An activity sheet reminds the group about booking the venue, ticketing, promotion, inviting teams, football equipment such as Fairtrade footballs, stewards, and prizes. The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG)

was to halve the number of people who live on less than US$1 ($1.25) a day by 2015. As yet unrealised, this goal is thrown into sharp relief during a World Cup where a football stitcher in Pakistan is paid £0.24 per ball. The Global Campaign for Education (GCE); a coalition of child rights activists, teachers’ unions and development organisations worldwide is determined to make the right to education (MDG 2) high profile during this World Cup. CAFOD joins the GCE in its current campaign 1GOAL, encouraging schools to host their own events. Hosting their own Mini World Cup allows students to try a creative approach to taking action on a problem (Citizenship: Key Processes 2.3a). For the PE curriculum it

is an innovative pathway to other activities in and beyond school and links with religious education themes of social justice and witness.


• Joanna Hughes is youth outreach co-ordinator with CAFOD.

Further information

For the full range of activities, World Cup assembly, and World Cup Quiz PowerPoint based on the Millennium Development Goals, visit uk/secondary Your school can buy

fairly traded footballs from CAFOD at uk/youth-leaders/sports Send photos or stories

of your Mini-World Cup event to schools@ with links to

videos you have made and uploaded to video sharing websites.


Photos: CAFOD/Simon Rawles

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