Thirty-two primary schools in Newcastle have been celebrating the World Cup on and off the pitch with Newcastle United Foundation and Active Newcastle's Fusion initiative.
The Foundation is delivering Brazilian themed football sessions in each school and in total 3,840 children in Key Stage 2 across 32 schools will take part. Each school has adopted a country competing in the tournament and will complete a classroom project on their adopted nation. Special prizes are on offer for three schools who showcase the most creativity.
Ian Staerck, teacher at Knop Law Primary School said:
"It has been great to get involved with the project."
"The children were very inspired by thinking about the links between our chosen country and their hometown."
"They idolise Tim Krul and this was the springboard that got them thinking about his hometown of Den Haag. The children had a great time playing football in the sunshine."
Community coach, Amber Whiteley added:
"To engage so many children through the power of football, linking to such a global spectacular, has been a fantastic experience so far. I have really impressed with the time and effort schools have put into their World Cup themed projects."
"The knowledge about each adopted country proves that football has the ability to inspire children in the classroom as well as out on the field".