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Sports History & Educational Resources

Sports Inspire Educational Publishing was founded in 2007, after creating an education resource that teaches the Victorian history of their local town through the history of its cricket club.

Since then, we have worked with sporting clubs and educational institutions to create rich histories that can then be used to enlighten and educate children on important social issues. Using a sport as a reference is a fantastic way to engage a child's imagination.

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Bringing sports, education, and history together

We use sports as an inspirational springboard for academic learning in many cross-curricular resources covering many different themes.

We work directly with sporting institutions to map their history, and their fundamental role in helping shape society in their local area and beyond.

We also work with schools and other educational institutions to create and deliver highly effective educational pieces, that frame important areas of the curriculum in a sporting context, giving children a stimulating way to understand history, and the discrimination felt from race, gender, religion, or other societal factors.

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Documenting sporting history, creating learning materials

Since 2007, Sports Inspire has researched, written and piloted education resources for numerous professional and amateur sports clubs and other sporting heritage organisations. These include:

  • Professional football clubs – Barnsley; Bradford City; Burnley; Grimsby Town; Hull City; Millwall; Rotherham United

  • Professional rugby league clubs – Bradford Bulls; Huddersfield Giants; Hull FC; Hull KR; Keighley Cougars; Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

  • Professional organisations – the National Football Museum; Sporting Heritage; the 2013 Rugby League World Cup; The Institute of Black Media, Culture and Sport; Hull City of Culture (2017)

  • Professional cricket organisations – the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation;

  • Amateur cricket clubs – Accrington; Bacup; Golcar; Pudsey St Lawrence; Pudsey Congs

For the first time, versions of these resources are now being made available in generic form, and are available to purchase from this website. Each resource is available in two formats:

  • For teachers and schools

  • For home learning (designed to assist children in catch-up learning, and to help adult literacy)

Further resources are being released to the website shop on a weekly basis.

In the Classroom

Educational Resources

Learning materials for classrooms and home learning, using sports as a way to engage with important subjects such as race and religion.

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School Activities

We use sporting history as a way to capture a child's imagination, delivering engaging assemblies to spark their desire for learning.

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Historical Resources For Sports Clubs

We delve into your sports club's past, uncovering its role in the local community and society as a whole.



Educators, MPs, sporting legends and more - many people are shouting about the great work that we do.

These schemes are truly cross-curricular. They have great potential for motivating under-achieving children and for inspiring the fans of the future.


What fantastic resources, and what a gargantuan task it must have been in bringing these together. Thanks so much for all your hard work…these are such a great resource for local schools to be able to use.


Our staff and children have learned new information about the history of Pudsey. We will be incorporating the histories of our local cricket clubs in the curriculum from now on.’


One boy, very negative about schoolwork, was studying the biography of Jimmy McIlroy in the ‘Hall of Fame’ activity. It was as if a light had been switched on. He said: “He was just like me. I could do what he did.”
He produced fantastic work, much of it researched on the Internet at home. A Burnley player from the 1950s had become his role model.


This is a superb way of learning and also of understanding something about the history of Bradford and the importance of Bradford City to the district – and it works. This isn’t a theory – this actually works and there’s evidence of that. It’s difficult to really enthuse and to reach some kids in our schools. This scheme reaches the difficult to reach. Everybody benefits…the schools benefit because they have a fabulous teaching aid, the kids obviously benefit because they have something which will interest them as a more interesting way of learning as part of the National Curriculum. Bradford City gains because it enables young people across the district to learn that Bradford City is not just a football club, it is part of the rich heritage and culture of Bradford.


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Let sporting history guide their educational journey

Children learn best when they are really interested in a subject - we use sports as a framework to teach important historical lessons about society, culture, race, religion, the world wars, and more.

If you want educational resources that are sure to capture their imagination, look no further than Sports Inspire Educational Publishing.

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