Functional Maths Trip to Manchester Utd - Jan 16

Date: 13th Mar 2017 @ 10:03am

On Monday 16th January 2017, six key stage four pupils got the opportunity to visit Manchester Utd Football Club stadium and museum. This trip was organised to help pupils develop their functional maths skills and to give them an insight into just some of the ways maths is used in real life. During the day the pupils were given a grand tour of the stadium where they got to explore all the different areas of the grounds, including the changing rooms which had the actual player’s shirts in! They got to go into the interview room and sit in the same seats where today’s players are interviewed and where players such as Eric Cantona signed in days gone by. The pupils also got to sit in the players dug out, had a good look around the museum and engaged in a maths workshop where they got to put their mathematical skills to the test to solve some football related problems.

Maths crept ‘into play’ lots of times during the day. We saw how maths is used around the stadium, for example; in identifying stand and seat locations, in calculating costs of tickets, food and drink, in using probability to place bets and in calculating and recording game statistics. In addition, we were surprised to find out how much maths there is beneath the surface, with our tour guide, giving us lots of interesting facts throughout the day.

Did you know?

  • There is 18 miles of plastic piping underneath the football pitch.
  • That the club collects and stores 55000 gallons of water to water the pitch with everyday
  • That Addidas pays £75000000 per year to Manchester Utd as a sponsor to have the club wear their logo on their football shirts
  • That a 16 seat box costs around £25000 per ticket per year
  • That there are 75653 seats in total in the stadium
  • That there are usually about 4500 staff on duty per game, a lot of which work within security and catering
  • That the current players tunnel was built in 1993 following the Hillsborough disaster with a frame that rises 25ft when necessary to allow quick access for emergency vehicles.
  • That the baths in the changing rooms are set to approximately only 4 degrees. That’s cold!

All in all the day was a fabulous success and has taught us all that maths can be found in even the most unexpected of places. The trip was so good that we hope to be able to offer this opportunity out to other pupils in the near future. Remember, good and safe behaviour in school is a must to be considered.


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