Learning Zone launches Blowing Bubbles scheme

West Ham United Learning Zone launched the Building Bubbles Education Pack last week with an exciting event hosted by local historic figures spanning the 110 years of the Club's History and celebrated the work produced by the many young people, families and schools who have taken part.

Traditional Pie and Mash was served and the Education Packs were given out to every school in Newham. Special guests include Historian Brian Belton, ex-players and the Upton Pearly King and Queen.

Building Bubbles has been a year-long project run by the West Ham United Learning Zone and has been made possible by a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has brought together young people and families from Newham in a series of workshops to investigate the shared history between the West Ham United Football Club and its Local Community.

'The project has been a great success and the launch provided a good opportunity to thank all partners and schools involved in the project. Hopefully schools can now continue to look at the rich heritage of our local area though using our Education Pack as tool to help raise achievement and motivation for their young people.' says Centre Manager Jamie McGachy

Participants, from many diverse groups, have documented their experiences through recorded reminiscences, literature, photography, poetry and animation and activities have aimed to raise attainment in Numeracy, Literacy, Key Skills and ICT by engaging young people and families in a positive experience of learning.

The project has also been filmed by students from NewVic Sixth form college and Newham College who as part of the 'Building Bubbles' project have worked together to produce a DVD and Education Pack which has then been used by local schools within the borough to develop their own Heritage Projects.

West Ham United Learning Zone is a Playing for Success project which operates within Learning Community Services, Extended Services, Children and Young People's Services, Newham Council who provide funding in partnership with the DfES and the Football Club. It aims to raise standards in Numeracy, Literacy, ICT and Key Skills.

For further information about this project please contact Jamie McGachy at the West Ham United Learning Zone. [email protected]