Ayla Egan (9) and Ben Nolan (10) helped to launch the SPAR FAI School Zone initiative.

You could win a football kit with 'School Zone'

The SPAR FAI School Zone is a new digital learning platform for teachers and parents of primary school children in 4th, 5th and 6th class.

It offers interactive and engaging lesson plans designed with both the classroom and home schooling in mind.

The lesson plans have been designed in consultation with a panel of teachers and promise to engage, educate and enthuse students.

The new teaching resource will be hosted on the FAI’s website with innovative football themed lessons uploaded twice a week over the course of four weeks - beginning on March 15 and running until April 12. The heavily resourced and user-friendly lessons covering core subjects such as Maths, History, Geography, English, Art, Irish and healthy eating will be emailed to teachers and parents weekly along with answer sheets.

Republic of Ireland internationals Jack Byrne and Amber Barrett were on hand to help launch the SPAR FAI School Zone.

One school in each county will win a specially commissioned SPAR FAI football kit for their school; all they need to do to enter is for teachers to register for the lesson plans online.

One school selected from all participating schools nationwide will win a grand prize of a Zoom call with three Irish International players for their class.

The sponsorship of the SPAR FAI School Zone initiative, developed by the FAI, is a continuation of SPAR’s dedication to grassroots football.

Commenting on the new initiative, SPAR Sales Director, Colin Donnelly said: "It’s been an exceptional year for teachers, parents and students and while the SPAR 5s may not be going ahead we are equally delighted to be sponsoring this initiative. So much work has gone into this programme to make it educational, fun and easy to deliver for parents and teachers alike. By signing up you’ll not only have all the resources and lessons delivered straight to your email, but you’ll be in with a chance of winning brilliant prizes for a school in every county in Ireland.”

SPAR ambassador Jack Byrne said he was delighted to support "this fantastic initiative".

Byrne said: "I’m sure that it’s been a tough year for teachers, parents and students and that these lesson plans will bring everyday subjects to life in a new and exciting way.”

Fellow SPAR ambassador Amber Barrett, and qualified teacher, added: “We hope everyone enjoys learning from the SPAR FAI School Zone. As a qualified teacher I know how difficult the last year has been and the importance of finding new and interesting ways to make learning exciting. The lessons have been designed to be really easy to deliver and are backed up with easy to use resources and videos.”’

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