Kids learn football history

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Families can learn all about why Prestonians love football so much this weekend.

The city’s history with the beautiful game is explored at a special session organised by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery as part of their half term activities.

The sport is the focus of a drop in session entitled Goal!, part of their popular Hands On at the Harris series, aimed at children aged five to 12 years old.

Based in the brand new Discover Preston gallery, the session explores not only Preston North End and its England hero Sir Tom Finney but also looks at the lesser known history of pioneering women’s team, Dick Kerr Ladies.

This ladies team once carried all before them but were banned from playing in FA grounds by the sport’s governing body.

And, to show how football has changed, the museum even has a medal awarded to a PNE team captain, Fred Dewhurst, for gentlemanly conduct on the pitch – during the 1888 to 1889 season!

Children can learn more about the exhibits and can also make their own fingerpuppet footballer. There may also be a chance to take part in their own mini football championship game using their creations at the end of the session.

This Hands on at the Harris session is suitable for children aged five to 12 years old and entry is free. For more details, call 01772 905414.