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Children in Inverness hear how maths can help Scotland win football matches in event organised by Skills Development Scotland and the University of Highlands and Islands as part of Maths Week Scotland


By Calum MacLeod


YOUNGSTERS in Inverness have learned how maths can help them take the perfect penalty.

Maths V Sport, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the University of Highlands and Islands as part of Maths Week Scotland, showed how maths can help improve sporting performance.

The event, held in SDS’s Digital Studio in Church Street featured Oxford University mathematician and presenter Dr Tom Crawford as guest speaker.

“Talking about maths and sport in such an intimate venue was great as it meant that I could interact with each member of the audience on a personal level and really make sure they were following,” he said.

“Fortunately, everyone seemed to be with me all the way, especially when we looked at how the Scotland men’s football team can use maths to help them win more matches.”

Anthony Standing, SDS’s head of operations north, said: “This event was a great way for SDS to get involved in Maths Week Scotland and really opened the audience’s eyes to all the ways maths can be used.

“The dynamic way Dr Crawford related maths to football and running in particular, sparked a lot of conversation and really engaged the senior phase audience.

“The highlight was definitely having pupils trying to take the perfect penalty kick using Tom’s knowledge. There’s no end to the way we are attempting to engage young people in our studio.”



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