Football Crazy!
An Assembly Story for Primary Schools


John is a keen footballer. He is upset and insulted that he hasn’t been shortlisted for the school’s A Team-after all, his brothers had made it- so why can’t he? One evening after training, in the midst of despair, John is cuddling his Dog for comfort when it hits him that this is what is bothering him; he is afraid of disappointing his family. He realises that his heart isn’t really in the game and as soon as he decides he is going to stop trying to be part of the team, he is relieved and overjoyed. Eager still to make his family proud, he lists alternative outdoorsy activities and settles on the Allotment club- establishing that this excites him far more. When he informs his family they are supportive of his decision to move onwards and upwards. This is very encouraging to primary school children who, like John, are nervous of upsetting their family if they don’t want to follow the path plotted for them. John’s family’s reaction will comfort children going through similar experiences- it is important for them to understand that the general consensus from loved ones is that as long as the person they love is happy- so are they. John is a very strong role model for listeners as he is goal-orientated, headstrong and committed. He demonstrates that it is acceptable to break the mould: to do something different and unexpected. The story gives listeners the confidence and courage not just to submit to peer pressure or that from their family/school if they don’t want to. This tale for assemblies teaches the important lesson too that facing new challenges and making a change can be a really positive experience, and can make many more children feel included and happy. They should understand from this story that they will be accepted no matter what they choose and that they should never feel they have to do something if it is not what they want to do. 

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Product details

  • Released date: Jul 11, 2018
  • Pages: 5
  • Type: Reproducible e-resource
  • ISBN: 9780857477149
  • Subjects: Assemblies, PSHE
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