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A useful match

Even if your eyes glaze over at the Match of the Day theme tune, you must know countless children to whom football is overwhelmingly important. That obsession is usefully harnessed in Up for the Cup, a free cross-curricular resource for key stage 2 classes. Numeracy work arises naturally out of goal-scoring rates and attendance figures. The theft of the FA Cup and the rise of women's football provide opportunities in literacy and history, as do grainy old photographs of men with patent-leather haircuts. As for geography, aspiring-minnow teams like Ramsbottom United and Liskeard Athletic need finding on maps.

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