Get a kick out of doing homework

PUBLISHED: 10:25 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

THE county s only league football club is encouraging youngsters to do their homework. Championship outfit Watford have joined the FAST (Football And Schools Together) scheme, which rewards children who attend homework clubs with professional football coa

THE county's only league football club is encouraging youngsters to do their homework.

Championship outfit Watford have joined the FAST (Football And Schools Together) scheme, which rewards children who attend homework clubs with professional football coaching.

The Hornets will be supporting pupils from Onslow St Audrey's School in Hatfield as part of the £270,000 national project, which has been funded by sports charity, the Football Foundation.

The scheme will mean UEFA-trained coaches from the club making weekly visits to the Old Rectory Drive school to give an hour's coaching to youngsters from years 8 to 11 who attend Onslow's homework club for at least an hour a week.

Project director Dr Liz Marr said: "Homework clubs are an excellent idea but they are not always attractive for youngsters and this is where FAST Forward comes in.

"Football is a very powerful motivator and can be a real force in inspiring children and encouraging participation.

"Recent research has also shown that children who are physically active are up to eight times more likely to excel at exams, ideal for those in the FAST Forward age group who are taking their SATs and GCSEs."

Dr Marr added: "The FAST Forward scheme can work towards a FA Junior Football Organisers coaching award.

"We are expecting to see after-school attendance figures rocket!

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