Friday 10th June signifies the beginning of the 2016 UEFA European Championships, to be held at various locations across France, before the final is played in Paris on 10th July.
The tournament first began in 1960 and is played every four years, between World Cup tournaments. The winners are presented with the Henri Delaunay Trophy, and was named in honour of Henri Delaunay, the first General Secretary of UEFA, who came up with the idea of a European championship but died five years prior to the first tournament in 1960.
Having first being held in France, England hosted the tournament for the first time in 1996, and will be heading to France hoping to win for the first time in the tournament history! Roy Hodgson and his team have been preparing for their 3 group fixtures over the last few weeks, and their first game is to be played on Saturday 11th June against Russia.
Our nurseries across the country are getting behind the team, with our Little Gems nursery in Northampton decorating the nursery with pictures, made using footballs! The children will roll them around to make paint art, and the preschool children are also looking at the flags from the different countries competing, as well as creating some of their own!
Throughout the tournament, and with the Olympics also coming up this summer, our nurseries will be showcasing a variety of sports and interests within the nurseries, as part of our Active Athletes learning approach.
We hope helping the children to be active as a normal part of daily life will encourage them to establish a positive pattern of exercise for their whole lives!