Teaching with Heritage and Sport


Using Heritage and Sport to Educate

At The Auckland Project, the community is at the heart of our mission. Our Community Outreach Apprentice, Rohan Haigh has been working on a special project at St. John’s Primary School, based in Bishop Auckland, with the main goal of highlighting healthy eating.

What is Heritage Kicks?

The project aims to teach a group of children in year 6 about the rich history of Bishop Auckland FC, healthy eating and how important it is for children to have a well-balanced diet.

The children also get to look at the historical impact that the footballers had who played for Bishop Auckland FC. The football club has a fascinating past: did you know it was founded in 1882 when students from Oxford and Cambridge University were studying at 900 year old Auckland Castle? Also, following the tragic Munich air crash of 1958, three Bishop Auckland FC players actually went to assist Manchester United. They were Derek Lewin, Warren Bradley and Bobby Hardisty.

What do the sessions contain?

Rohan’s sessions switch weekly, with one week of classroom based learning focussing on the educational aspects of local heritage and nutrition. The other sessions take place outdoors, where kids get the chance to exercise and learn new footballing skills. The different sessions keep the children engaged and allow them to learn all sorts of new skills.

How do the children benefit?

The kids are able to boost their knowledge of local heritage through the fun and interesting subject of footballing history. They are also required to work in groups for certain tasks, which enhances their ability to work as a team. Rohan also used the World Cup as a way to aid the pupil’s knowledge of geography, using flags of the participating nations.

What has Rohan learned?

As huge football fan, this project was perfect for Rohan, who was once a pupil at St. John’s Primary School and joined The Auckland Project as an apprentice in September 2017. Rohan says: “Heritage Kicks was the ideal way for me to get settled-in and lead my very own project. I’ve learned how to work in a new environment and how to plan successfully. This is something I’ll take forward with me for the rest of my working career”.

With plans to go into teaching in the future, this experience has been fantastic for Rohan.

The first Heritage Kicks project ended in late November, but Rohan has his sights set on bringing the project back in the New Year, this time working with a slightly younger group of year 4/5 children.
About the author: This piece was written by Sanjay Gidda, Digital Marketing Apprentice, in conversation with Community Outreach Apprentice, Rohan Haigh.

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