The Estonian Football Association has opened a program to teach football at more than 130 schools, which would cover 50,000 children in Estonia, in a six-year program.
The association is backed by two sponsors, both forking out a six-figure sum. Currently 130 schools have signed up, but the aim is 300, or 60 percent of Estonian primary schools.
Physical education teachers at the schools will receive training from the association as well as visits from professional coaches to the schools.
“The main thought is that football is taking responsibility for a very important topic – that people will gain a habit of practicing sports,” said Aivar Pohlak, the head of the association, adding that all forms of sports will win as more children will turn to athletics.