Spar Teams Up With Ireland Manager Stephen Kenny To Launch FAI School Zone

By Maev Martin
Spar Teams Up With Ireland Manager Stephen Kenny To Launch FAI School Zone

Spar has anounced the launch today of its FAI School Zone with Republic of Ireland International manager Stephen Kenny and Spar sales director Colin Donnelly.

The SPAR FAI School Zone is a new digital learning platform for teachers and parents of primary school children in 4th, 5th and 6th class that has been developed by the FAI and offers interactive and engaging lesson plans designed with both the classroom and homeschooling in mind, the retailer said.

The lesson plans have been designed in consultation with a panel of teachers and promise to engage, educate and enthuse students.

The new teaching resource will be hosted on the FAI’s website with innovative football-themed lessons uploaded twice a week over the course of 4 weeks - beginning on the 15 of March and running until the 12 of April.

The heavily resourced and user-friendly lessons covering core subjects such as Maths, History, Geography, English, Art, Irish and healthy eating will be emailed to teachers and parents weekly along with answer sheets.


Commenting on the new initiative, Donnelly said, “We’ve been supporting the FAI for over 6 years now through our sponsorship of the SPAR Primary School 5s competition. It’s been an exceptional year for teachers, parents and students and while the SPAR 5s may not be going ahead we are equally delighted to be sponsoring this initiative."

"So much work has gone into this programme to make it educational, fun and easy to deliver for parents and teachers alike. By signing up you’ll not only have all the resources and lessons delivered straight to your email but you’ll be in with a chance of winning brilliant prizes for your school,” he added.

Commissioned Football Kit 

Parents and teachers who sign up for the Spar FAI School Zone will be automatically entered into a competition, which will see one school in each county winning a specially commissioned football kit. One school selected from all participating schools nationwide will win a grand prize of a Zoom call with three Irish International players for their class.

Speaking about the initiative, Stephen Kenny, Republic of Ireland manager said, “The Spar FAI School Zone will give the 4th, 5th and 6th Class students a fun and engaging way to learn through football. Ireland’s men’s and women’s teams feature in the Hub through English and History lessons, while our own FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group is brought to life in a Geography lesson." 


“The past 12 months have been tough for everyone, but I hope the School Zone can bring some enjoyment to the boys and girls who will use it,” he added. 

The sponsorship of the SPAR FAI School Zone initiative, developed by the FAI, is a continuation of SPAR’s dedication to grassroots football, following on from the successful SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme.

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