Morton Community helps Primary 5 students learn through football

13 March 2018
Morton Community Literacy Trail

Morton Community helps Primary 5 students learn through football

The beginning of March has seen Greenock Morton Community Trust welcoming young students from Inverclyde (Scotland) to Cappielow Park Stadium to take part in the Greenock Morton Literacy Trail, a four-week project that provides students an unique learning experience with the help of football. 

Greenock Morton Literacy Trail is developed by the Morton Community in partnership with Inverclyde Council’s Attainment Challenge Team and McGill’s Buses. This project is designed to focus on experiences and outcomes in talking and listening for Primary 5 students (aged 10-11), as well as aligned to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

What makes the Literacy Trail special is its football aspect. The Morton Community uses the everyday running of a football club as a unique alternative learning environment and context to relate learning material. The Cappielow board room also becomes the classroom for four weeks in which children take part in interview analysis, press conference and match commentary workshops.

At the start of March, Primary 5 pupils from Newark and St Andrew’s Primary schools began their Greenock Morton Literacy Trail and have just completed their first week. The experience so far has been great for everyone involved. The Community shared their delight in meeting many well behaved children and their excitement for the upcoming weeks on social media.


Gordon McKillop, Morton in the Community operations manager comments:

”The Greenock Morton Literacy Trail is a fascinating project. Children come to Cappielow and learn through football. Teachers tell us we are engaging children in literacy who wouldn’t otherwise without the unique learning experience of Cappielow, Greenock Morton and football on the whole.

Children come to Cappielow on the McGill’s Morton FC team bus. Not only is this support giving the project more sustainability but gives participating children a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

McGill’s have become a key project partner to the Greenock Morton Literacy Trail and we look forward to our work together for years to come.”

Rachel Stewart, McGill’s Buses’ marketing assistant also comments:

”McGill’s is delighted to supply transport for Morton Community’s Literacy Trail, for the second year in a row.

The charity offers a great learning experience for those involved throughout their time at Morton, and we thought it was a fantastic opportunity to support. The schools were excellent to have on our bus last year, and we’re looking forward to meeting the new groups.

As a local company, we were keen to assist and give something back to Inverclyde.”

Follow Morton in the Community on Twitter (@MortonCommunity) for latest updates on the Greenock Morton Literacy Trail and other programmes.


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