The project aims at using sport and especially football, its history and its practice throughout Europe, as a means to reinforce the link
between the youth of the continent and to enhance their knowledge and abilities. Thereby, we want to rely on a topic, which is
directly intelligible for teenagers and which provides opportunities to approach a large range of knowledge and skills. Indeed, if
sport is, an obvious source of physical well-being, which enables to keep individuals in shape and maintain their health, its
educational scope is much larger. Sport is also a vector of values such as respect, tolerance, solidarity, effort. It is a privileged means
of conveying ethical behavior. Moreover, sport is a useful means of exchange which rallies people and facilitates contact beyond
differences (linguistic for example). Besides, sport is a learning tool because it reflects the culture, the traditions and the historical
background of a society. Finally, it is a relevant way to suggest innovating transversal pedagogical methods and represent an
appropriate medium for new didactical techniques involving teachers for many disciplines (PE, Language, IT, History, Geography,
Civic Education, Biology, Arts and craft, Music …).
The project focuses on the most popular and the most practiced sport in Europe i.e. football. It is a collective sport and it relays the
idea that work should be done together to be successful. Furthermore, as it is the dominant mass sport, it will be easier to reach and
motivate the widest range of pupils. In addition, the massive sociological impact of football makes it a particularly valuable asset for
studying and understanding the recent history of European countries and their continent.
Thus, in this project, children from Europe will communicate together, improve their knowledge and increase their curiosity. Sport
will be a common language for them, with which almost every kid is comfortable: it breaks up barriers and opens up the mind.
Pupils will also discover the other countries and share their culture. They will learn from their differences and become aware of their
common points. By playing together in the European team, they will experiment the importance of mutual and respected rules,
joined effort, collaboration, excelling themselves, cohesion with teammates and esteem of the opponents. Besides, this project will
help the pupils to understand the origins and the development of the E.U. The footballers who try to reach the same goal with
different tasks and qualities are similar to the E.U. countries looking for cooperation despite their divergences. The first step of
players in new teams can be linked to the progressive building of the European community.
To summarize, in this project, pupils will discover how to learn and play, how to play fair and how to make fair play cross every