IOP will use football to engage students with physics

28 January 2015

The IOP is set to run a number of after-school physics-and-football clubs in London schools with the help of an £18,000 grant from the John Lyon’s Charity.


The clubs will use football-based physics activities centred on the IOP’s Thinking On Your Feet: Football and Physics resource to engage students who might not usually be attracted to physics. Each session will focus on a particular footballing topic, such as how to kick a ball further, forceful tackling and using the body for balance and stability.

IOP physics coaches will work alongside each school’s physics teacher to help students to explore concepts such as projectiles, velocity, distance, angle, force, impact area, stress and centre of mass through practical activities. In each school the physics coach will also collaborate with the PE teacher to practise the footballing techniques covered in each session.

Each club will run for eight weeks in the second half of the spring term. The IOP’s project coordinator, Manchi Chung, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to reveal a different facet of the beautiful game, engaging students with the physics by showing its relevance to football and how an understanding of the physics can improve their skills.”

Charles Tracy, the IOP’s head of education, said: “We are pleased that the John Lyon’s Charity is willing to support our work in widening participation in physics by financing this pilot project working with hard-to-reach students.”

You can download a copy of the Thinking on Your Feet: Football and Physics resource here.

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