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Hiroshima English Learning Center
Playing for Success
GEC Group is working in partnership with Rex Hall Associates (DCSF) and in co-operation with J-League clubs to implement the “Playing for Success” (PFS) English program at J-League clubs. Over 250,000 students have attended study at PFS centers in England. GEC Group will be working with PFS centers at all Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, etc. to create links and educational projects involving students in Japan and England.

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What is Playing for Success, PfS?
  • A British government education initiative
  • Education provision located at Football clubs and other sporting centres
  • Aims to raise standards of English, Maths and ICT
  • Aims to build the confidence and motivation of all students
  • There are more than 160 Playing for Success centres in England
  • Over 250,000 students have attended lessons at Playing for Success
PfS Japan Educational Objectives
  • Raising the standards of English communication in Japan
  • Encouraging independent learning and group participation
  • Improving motivation to learn English
  • Improving confidence to speak English in different contexts
  • Developing new communication, thinking and learning skills
  • Developing cultural and international awareness through football
  • Education training for teachers and other interested parties
  • Community development and involvement
What do students learn?
  • Students will learn English communication skills
  • Students will be able to connect to other learners at PfS centres at football clubs in England
  • Students will develop their English skills through interactive lessons that use ICT to increase motivation and achievement
Why is PfS effective?
  • Learning at Playing for Success centers is a unique way of engaging students to learn, to boost their motivation and confidence and to ensure that all students are equipped with the skills necessary to become both effective learners and independent learners.

  • This learning style, creating purposes and opportunities for learning to communicate in English, will enable students who attend PfS centers in Japan to significantly raise their achievement, motivation and confidence in developing their skills in English communication.

  • It has been proven beyond doubt in England that giving students a different learning environment in which to study (e.g. at a football club) has a significant impact on student achievement.