Since the programme began in 2006, over 15,000 pupils from more than 600 schools across the UK have participated at primary and secondary level.
The programme is supported by specialist cultural partners for each language, the European Commission, and, in 2016, was awarded Premier League funding to support language learning in the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Camden.
Project Coordinator, Steve Eadon, is immensely proud of the scheme’s outcomes to date: “Football is a great way to engage pupils in their studies. We have received countless testimonials from teachers across the UK, commenting on greater pupil engagement and improved behaviour of pupils who had previously been difficult. There have been some fantastic stories of boys and girls taking inspiration from the programme, having been exposed to both linguistic and sporting role models”.
Arsenal Double Club Languages has been awarded various national and international prizes, including the European Award for Languages (2008, 2010), the European Language Label (2012), and the 2012 Threlford Memorial Cup, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists for ‘fostering the study of languages’.