"Football lessons" about the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held on a monthly basis in Nizhny Novgorod, Minister of Sports of Nizhny Novgorod region Minister of Sports of Nizhny Novgorod Sergey Panov told Welcome2018.
On Wednesday, September 23, students of the 9th grade of Nizhny Novgorod Gymnasium №1 attended the “Football lesson”. Students learned about the history of the world championships, their mascots, and the changes the city will undergo in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
"First lessons about the world championships started last year,” Panov said. “We held classes for students of the senior classes who would be able to participate in the championship as volunteers, as well as for students of elementary and middle classes with the players of the Nizhny Novgorod football club Volga who combined “theory” with football workouts,” he added.
According to the Minister these lessons are quite advantageous. "The lesson was held in the framework of events dedicated to the celebration of 1000 days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And I believe that it is extremely useful to tell students about the extent of the forthcoming event, on the way it is going to change their county and their city, and the personal opportunities presented by the championship,” Panov said. "Perhaps these lessons will compel students to actively study foreign languages or play football. That is why we will continue the program of monthly lessons in the different districts of the city," he said.
Panov added that the lessons also will be held for foreign students. "In addition, during the student exchange programs with twinned cities we will conduct lessons about the World Cup for foreign students who come to our city. The first such lesson we plan to give this autumn," Panov said.
Sergey Panov is a retired Russian professional basketball player. As a part of the national team he won the silver medal of the world championships in 1994 and 1998. During his basketball career Panov played for the St. Petersburg Spartak, CSKA Moscow, Ural Great and Turkish Yildirim. Panov is the only 12-time champion of Russia, two-time winner of the Russian Cup (2005, 2006).