Supporting players to learn when and where they are!
Portsmouth FC Academy is one of more than 20 Premier League and Championship League clubs which use Your Favourite Teacher to support their players. Academy students need to balance the rigours of schooling with extensive training and match play commitments, so using Your Favourite Teacher bridges the gap between formal schooling and independent work.
Portsmouth launched Your Favourite Teacher in September 2019 with their Academy Under 15 and Under 16 players. The players are on day release from their schools in order to participate in elite level training, but therefore require support to ensure that they maintain high academic standards.
Your Favourtie Teacher has facilitated:
- Launch event with players and parents
- Competitions to motivate and reward students
- Weekly sessions guided by club staff
- Regular student usage reports
- Study Skills Session run by YFT staff to improve student revision
In just their first term of use, Portsmouth students completed around 700 hours of learning and earned more than 9,000 coins for their excellent progress! The students continue to use Your Favourite Teacher enthusiastically, and enjoying the competition between clubs on the weekly Football League Table.
WHAT STAFF SAY
“The players particularly enjoy the format of the short animated videos that explain the key concepts. The ‘make notes’ facility is a good idea that allows students to capture key ideas that they can recall later. They can quickly identify areas that need to be improved and the resource can be used to check if previous learning is secure.
Students are able to use the resource back in school or college, at home to re visit topics or when travelling to training in an evening. Access by mobile phone is a great way for students to maximise learning or revision opportunities via YFT. Quick and easy to use, YFT has become a brilliant resource, as well as a favourite, for our students to access to aid and support their learning.’
Jon Slater, Academy Director of Education