Could football hold the key to unlocking maths?
According to a recent study, 69% of parents in the UK admitted to using sport as a way for their kids to better understand maths.
A study of 1,000 parents and 1,000 children aged 6-14 found everyday things like counting money or the colour of cars in traffic, as well as discussing sport, were among the most popular ways to engage children with numbers.
And with the beautiful game being a British institution, the Premier League have updated their website to offer enough stats to keep Y6 quiet for a term or too!
Everything from goals, assists, passes and clean sheets is listed on the premierleague.com site, along with individual club stats and even historical data going back 14 years.
Want to know which striker is truly the best in the Premier League today, don’t wait for England manager Gareth Southgate to tell you with his next squad selection, simply use maths to get your class to find out for themselves.
Who is the best striker in the Premier League:
Goals / Shots / Mins on Pitch
And you can take that basic formula to whole new levels when you start adding in successful passes and goal assists. And then even, offsides, hitting the woodwork and red and yellow cards.
The survey, commissioned by Santander UK, revealed 59% of the UK’s mums and dads found maths difficult when they were younger – leading to struggles with financial literacy later in life.
Kids were found to be twice as likely to be excited or inspired by popular footballers over maths whizzes like Isaac Newton.
More than three quarters (78%) of 6–14-year-olds said they enjoyed hearing about the numbers in a game such as how far a player has run and how much time is left in the match.