The introduction to Messi vs Ronaldo for 9 different schools projects and over 130 FBB participants as a module was unheard of and very compelling for our football hungry students. The module entailed a combination of various skills such as literacy, oracy and research. The participants were put to the test to find out how well they could make an argument for two of the world’s most talented players through factual, riveting and unique points. The finely designed packs provided by our corporate partner Football Radar were pivotal in establishing the foundations of their arguments and lesson by lesson they learnt the importance of not just having good facts but facts that are incomparable.
After weeks of preparation, there were in-house competitions within schools. The teachers and parents assembled as judges to determine which group deserved to go on and represent their school at Football Radar’s headquarters. After taking everything into consideration, decisions were made, 135 participants turned into 31 and the very best groups from Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, St Joseph’s College, The Elmgreen School, St Paul’s Way Trust, Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich, Fitzalan High School (Cardiff), Sandringham Primary School and Griffin Primary School were all set and ready to give their all.
The event began with an insightful presentation by Football Radar on what they do and how they do it. It brought about fascination and excitement from the groups with young Silas from Chestnut Grove Academy stating “this is so cool, I wish I could watch football all day”. Football Radar has 180 staff and cover leagues from Australia all the way to Uruguay, it’s fair to say they have eyes everywhere on the football spectrum and we feel very privileged to have them as a corporate partner. The groups were ready and the presentations were underway starting with the two primary school groups. They wowed the audience through the use of humour and gesticulations. This set the standard and surprised the secondary school groups, Corey from Archbishop Lanfranc said: “The primary school groups were good and I knew I had to be at my best to win for my group”. The presentations that followed were of a high standard and the judges loved what they saw and they knew the decision would be a close one. FBB staff member Bruk Abdu was also impressed stating “ It’s tough, I can’t choose I’m happy I’m not the judge”.
All presentations were done and it was time for the results. The participants waited in anticipation and others in excitement, as the winners of the primary and secondary competitions were about to be revealed. Sandringham was unveiled as not only the winners for the primary school but came joint first with the secondary school winners, they were very pleased with the outcome. Sandringham Primary School student Sofia stated, “The Messi vs. Ronaldo module taught me a lot on how to structure an argument and the fact that we really managed to win the final showcase at Football Radar showed me that all the hard work we put in over six weeks paid off.” The other schools recognised them as deserved winners with FBB Project Lead Joye saying “They were unbelievable and massive shout out to staff members, the progress has been incredible with that group”. After one winner was revealed the judges still had to reveal the secondary school winners who were St Joseph’s College, after giving an in-depth argument coupled with humour and fantastic comparisons, FBB Project Lead Van Basten was happy “their argument was really strong and they worked hard over six weeks”.
With the winners revealed and the day coming to a close it was time for participants to leave and they did so by giving the hosts an accomplished ovation. We would like to thank Football Radar for allowing us to partake in this module and hosting us phenomenally on the final day, we hope we continue to work closely with them and do something similar in a year’s time.
Written by Timi Fernandez: FBB Project Lead