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 Footy Stats

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL) have developed a program that uses football to improve the statistical literacy of young Australians. The ABS Footy Stats program provides a fun and interactive introduction to the world of statistics. The program involves kids participating in a range of footy activities and learning how to collect, analyse, interpret and communicate basic statistical concepts with the guidance of a facilitator.

The Footy Stats Resource Kit includes a Facilitator Guide and Activity Sheets for the six different activities. These resources can be printed off as required.

The Facilitator Guide contains a Glossary of Statistical Terms; describes the statistical competencies that underpin the six activities; includes an Index of the key learning outcomes of each activity; and provides additional resource sheets required by the participants.

Facilitator Guide (5.39MB)

### Activity 1: In Footy Mode

In this activity, participants:

• Begin to develop an understanding of data and its uses
• Work together to conduct a simple investigation; conducting a small data collection activity (survey), producing a graph, and analysing the information to answer the questions
• Explore and identify the statistical concept mode within the dataset to answer the investigation question

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants are able to:
• Construct a graph with awareness of the two variables: AFL team and number of supporters
• Identify and describe the information represented by the graph
• Interpret the concept of mode to identify the most popularly supported team in the group

### Activity 2: Keeping Score

In this activity, participants:
• Begin to develop initial understandings and skills for data collection as they participate in a handball drill to record their performance using templates of tables and graphs
• Begin to demonstrate basic statistical understandings by describing data and the recording of data in simple tables and graphs
• Begin to use data representations to interpret and share their findings

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants are able to:
• Accurately record scores for each football drill activity in table
• Create a simple graph from their personal tables with facilitator guidance
• Describe their skills performance from the collected data using graphs as evidence

### Activity 3: Team Colours

In this activity, participants:
• Begin to develop an understanding of data and its uses
• Begin to develop and use statistical terms/concepts
• Work together to conduct a simple investigation:
• Collating and organising data – drawing a list and graph
• Building a graph – constructing and naming x- and y- axis using different variables
• Interpreting the information to answer simple investigation questions
• Explore and identify the statistical concept mode within the data to answer investigation questions

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants:
• Understand statistical concepts
• Appropriately using key statistical terms when describing the data
• Correctly use the graph axes to position each data item
• Are able to answer the investigation questions in reference to the graph

### Activity 4: A Graphic Sports Report

In this activity, participants:
• Produce a graph to solve investigation questions; justifying the choice of graph type
• Record data in tables, and construct graphs to investigate their footy skills
• Demonstrate their ability to accurately read and describe the data in tables and graphs

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants are able to:
• Recall and apply their previous learning to choose a type of graph to best present data in answer to an investigation question
• Construct tables and graphs from recorded data to answer investigation questions
• Communicate data as statistical evidence to answer their investigation questions using their group graphs

### Activity 5: Player Review

In this activity, participants:
• Develop skills for using data recorded in a table format to build a graph
• Extend their statistical capabilities by constructing a graph to visually represent data that has been collected over time
• Begin to develop capabilities for using data as evidence to make comparisons and analyse performance over time
• Practise describing data through discussion while justifying interpretations using the key statistical language

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants are able to:
• Construct a graph accurately labelling axes and represent all observations from the provided data
• Describe the changes in the performance of the players and make comparisons between players
• Demonstrate an understanding of statistical concepts through their use of statistical language in discussion

### Activity 6: If the AFL were only 100 players

In this activity, participants:
• Begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between population and sample, in the context of a simple investigation
• Work together to calculate percentages for a sample and the population
• Begin to apply the data collected about the sample to estimate values for the population

In this activity, the facilitator:
Evaluates whether the participants are able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the difference and relationship between a population and sample
• Calculate percentages using the data
• Use percentage calculation to explore estimates for the population