Shamrock Rovers have launched a major new STEM education initiative in conjunction with Unite the Union and Sphero Sports.

The educational resource comprises 6 x 10-metre floor mats that are designed as football pitches, together with 15 interactive robots programmed by the participants to perform tasks, such as playing football.

The activities help in the development of skills in sport, maths, computer programming and coding.

The programme will begin this September in schools across Tallaght and Clondalkin with 5 teachers having being trained up to assist in the rollout.

It is bang on the money as regards the discussions which were held last week as part of our Children and Sport 2021 Conference.

Look back on the sessions last week including from the FAI, GAA, DCU and the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

“Community is at the heart of Shamrock Rovers Football Club and the club is continuously engaged in supporting and building relationships with the local community,” said Shamrock Rovers Community Officer Tony O’Neill.

“Our schools programme has enabled hundreds of children from schools in the area to engage in physical wellbeing workshops delivered by our community and academy coaches.”

“I look forward to working alongside our team of volunteers implementing this engaging and inclusive project, providing coding classes for children in our partner schools. We are proud to work with Unite on this initiative.”

The Unite Trade Union has been involved with the FAI in recent years as a sponsor of the Unite the Union Champions Cup cross-border tournament.

“Unite is very pleased to sponsor this initiative with Shamrock Rovers and Sphero Sports as part of our community work associated with the Unite Champions Cup competition,” added Community Coordinator Rhona McCord.

“As a trade union, we believe that people are our most important resource and the most positive investment we can make is in people and their communities. ”

“With a programme of this kind, we can quickly see how creative people are when they have the right tools and when they work together. We believe that this resource will positively transform the way children learn. ”

The programme will provide educational STEM resources to schools in the Tallaght/Clondalkin community. It is exciting, groundbreaking and inclusive and it promotes our Champions Cup theme of ‘Diversity, Equality, Community”.

Sphero Sports is in use at Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the English Premier League as well as with the Harlequins Foundation.  This is the first time it has been brought to ireland.



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