School Report at Euro 2012
As football fans from all over Europe enjoy the action at Euro 2012, School Report has been working with students from the two host countries, Poland and Ukraine, to report on some of the matches and the experience.
Working in conjunction with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms project, students from four schools have been given the opportunity to attend matches and report on the action and everything else that comes with hosting a huge sporting occasion.
End Quote British Council project manager Laura Mates
Sport is a wonderful platform to help young people develop the skills, understanding and outlook to contribute responsibly to our global society”
The pupils received some training from BBC producer Phil Harlow, via video conference, covering areas like writing match reports and features and conducting interviews with fans, as well as staying safe when reporting on big sporting events.
Jedrzej & Filip, both 14, from Gimnazjum im Feliksa Szołdrskiego in Nowy Tomyśl kicked off the reporting of the action with an account of attending the Republic of Ireland against Croatia, while Roksolana and Yuliya from Noviy Rozdil School 4 in Lviv saw Ukraine's historic victory over Sweden.
Anastasia and Rostyslav from Gymnasia 191 in Kiev went to England's thrilling 3-2 victory over Sweden, and Gimnazjum Da Vinci students Marianna and Agnieszka from Poznan reported on the Republic of Ireland's final game of the tournament against Italy.
SCHOOL REPORT AT EURO 2012
- Republic of Ireland v Croatia - 10 June, Poznan
- Ukraine v Sweden - 11 June, Kiev
- Sweden v England - 15 June, Kiev
- Italy v Republic of Ireland - 18 June, Poznan
Some of the students involved have also been tackling some of the other stories to emerge during and before the tournament, most notably the issue of racism among football fans.
"The Connecting Classrooms partnership with School Report on Euro 2012 is a tangible example of what the British Council as an organisation believes in: that by creating cultural and educational connections between people in different countries, we can all improve our understanding of the world," said British Council project manager Laura Mates.
"Sport is a wonderful platform to help young people develop the skills, understanding and outlook to contribute responsibly to our global society and we are delighted to have worked with the BBC on this project."