Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unruly Pupils Given Lessons in Not Behaving like Suarez

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unruly Pupils Given Lessons in Not Behaving like Suarez

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Byline: Sophie Goodchild

FOOTBALLERS such as Luis Suarez who misbehave on the pitch have been held up as "bad examples" for unruly children in a pioneering programme involving London schools.

A pilot scheme in Haringey saw pupils at risk of exclusion taking part in football matches, followed by therapeutic team talks intended to help teach them how to contain anger and manage stressful situations.

The sessions involved discussing bad behaviour by professional players. The bite by Uruguay's Suarez on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is a notorious example, and led to a four-month suspension from all football.

Figures suggest negative behaviour by the children who took part, such as anger and refusing to engage in class, was reduced by nearly a third.

The pilot a partnership between psychiatrist Dr Nick Barnes, of Haringey Adolescent Outreach Team, and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation involved pupils aged from 12 to 14. …

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