17 Oct 2018 / Schools

As part of our Arvon50 birthday celebrations we are proud to present a short film of Writing the Game with pupils and staff from George Mitchell School.

Writing the Game channels young people’s love of football to engage them with writing and learning. In Arvon’s 50th year we have worked with 16 pupils from George Mitchell School in London to bring then to The Hurst in January for a residential week of writing and football led by writers Musa Okwonga and Bridget Minamore, with a  guest reading from writer David Brayley. Pupils also completed the excellent Supporter 2 Reporter programme run by Leyton Orient Trust, aimed at enhancing their speaking and listening skills through becoming sports reporters.

Funded by Comic Relief, the short six minute film by Rural Media shows the journey of the group that combines a residential week at The Hurst Arvon Centre in Shropshire, with the Supporter 2 Reporter programme run by Leyton Orient Trust.

We hope you enjoy the film.

Want to know more about Writing the Game?

Writing the Game is aimed at students who have a passion for football but may struggle with writing and engagement in learning. The response from accompanying teachers has been extremely positive, with many reporting their students are more confident and motivated, more engaged with learning across the curriculum, and that students who never showed any interest in English and writing have now found a creative outlet to express themselves. One teacher said of a Writing the Game pupil:

“I truly believe that the Arvon experience will mean he is in a better position to deal with the tough life he leads”

Pupils regularly tell us how positive the experience was, including:

I will leave with confidence. I will be more brave for sure.
– Pupil, George Mitchell School

I know that a course like this can change someone’s life and get them interested in writing.
– Pupil, George Mitchell Schoo

The project has benefited over 150 young people from disadvantaged areas in London, Plymouth and South Yorkshire, in partnership with Barnsley, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient and Plymouth Argyle Football Clubs. Between 2009 and 2018, we have also worked with Carlton Community College (formerly Edward Sheerin School), The Dearne School and Darton College in Barnsley, South Dartmoor Community College, Kingsbridge Community College, and Estover Community College in Devon, The Norwood School  and George Mitchell School in London.

Arvon has commissioned Dr Caroline Murphy to act as independent evaluator, and her findings are now available in the Writing the Game Final Evaluation Report 2013-15 – we hope the findings and learning from the success of Writing the Game will be useful for other organisations seeking to build connections between the arts, sport and education, and provide opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities. Writing the Game will now continue through 2016-18 with the generous support of Comic Relief.



To find out about bringing a school group to Arvon email learning@arvon.org

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