Collaborative Article Scoops Top Award for University of Worcester Staff

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An article exploring how blind football training can be used to teach children about geography has earned three University of Worcester staff a top award.

The article, published in Primary Geography, picked up the Best Journal Article award at the Geographical Association Awards for Excellence in Leading Geography.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Derby by Dame Ellen MacArthur, who holds the record for fastest solo person to sail around the World.

The article, Blind Futsal: The beautiful, geographical game, was a collaborative effort by University of Worcester staff Stephen Pickering, Senior Lecturer in Education, David Mycock, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science and former Great Britain and England Blind Football coach, along with Will Norman, also from the University’s Institute Sports and Exercise Science and current England and Great Britain blind footballer.

The article investigates how some of the blind football training routines and the game itself can be used to teach children compass directions, bearings, space and scale. These lessons operate on an additional level, however, as they demonstrate how children can learn from people with disabilities.

Stephen said: “We were thrilled to receive this award, which recognises the importance of geography within the curriculum, the importance of equality of opportunities and how we can learn from each other through our different strengths and abilities.”