|Week 13 - 14 January 2018
On behalf of Wright Sport Services and Chance
Camp I would like to wish you all a healthy 2018.
We have got off to a fantastic start and I am really looking forward
to 2018. To ensure we can improve the quality of our programmes
further our staff are now managing certain programmes as follows:
Chris - Overview of whole business with specific focus on the
Allerdale Multi Skill Academy and a new facility.
Rob - Chance Camp holiday programme and promotion activities
Ross - In partnership with Fairfield Primary School establishing
family activity sessions and a new Chance Camp Key Stage 1 programme
for the holiday periods on their school site. He also now manages
our birthday party programme.
Amy - Promoting and delivering a new Youth Sport Trust Programme,
Healthy Movers, aimed at our youngest pupils to help ensure a
positive start to physical activity. Amy has then designed a
fundamental skills programme to follow this on to help build their
ability to compete in Key Stage 2 Sports.
Personally I was delighted that one of our Schools, Seaton St Paul's
C of E Junior School have managed to be crowned Allerdale Sports
Hall Athletics champions and qualified for the Cumbria Finals for
the fifth time in six years. In 2011 the school empowered me to set
their whole school PE plan, based on my skills and sport development
knowledge and I am delighted with this success.
As always we want to support Allerdale and West Cumbria to be a
healthy and successful place to live and work and look forward to
hearing from any schools, organisations or families we can support.
Over the past two Fridays I have been working
with Seaton Academy to deliver the Youth Sport Trust's new Healthy
Movers scheme. The scheme uses fun physical activities to help
develop the whole child during their early year's experiences of
Physical literacy can be defined as "The
motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and
understanding to maintain physical activity throughout the life
course" (Whitehead, 2011)
Using imagination games such as moving like jungle animals and
pretending to be a train on a long journey has helped the children
to begin developing their body control, coordination, agility,
balance, creativity and social skills. We have also looked at how we
can use different parts of our bodies in isolation. This week we
worked on using only our feet to move various balls around the
playground. Children could roll, kick, push and stop their ball as
well as switch their ball with another child. They tried using
footballs of varying sizes, rugby balls, tennis balls and sponge
balls to see which ball they found easiest to move and why they
thought this might be, highlighting that the rugby balls were the
most difficult as they weren't as round as the other balls.
By teaching children physical activity through fun and interactive
games like these during their early stages of development increases
the likelihood of growing up healthy and strong, strengthening
cognitive abilities and developing their understanding of how their
bodies can move, all contributing to a higher level of physical
literacy as they advance.
This week was my first full week back and it's
great to be back teaching again. This half term I'm delivering a
variety of different activities to a wide range of ages.
I started my new block of Allerdale schools delivering tennis
lessons as part of the School Sport Partnership. This week we looked
at developing a forehand shot, improving technique and control you
the children are able to consistently hit the ball over a net.
In Dean Primary, Key Stage 2 had their first Quick Sticks Hockey
lesson. Again we were developing control of the ball when dribbling,
passing and receiving of a ball.
Finally at Silloth Primary with Year 5 and 6 we had our first dance
lesson. This week was an introduction. Working in partners, using a
task sheet the children chose a series of different moves, put them
in an order and performed them to music. In the weeks to come, team
colours will create their own dance routines and in the final week
they will compete against each other in the dance off "Silloth Come
Dance is probably the one subject I have the least experience in
delivering. However I really enjoyed our first lesson and can't wait
for the rest of the half term. Dance can be defined as a series of
different steps or movements that match the speed and rhythm of a
piece of music. The benefits from taking part are:
improve spatial awareness
allows self expression and communication through the
improves creativity, problem
solving, risk taking and making judgements as an
individual or when in a team.
Well done to both classes for a great first
Great start to 2018. Hope everyone had a good
Christmas and New Year.
Fantastic to start back this week with brilliant news to how my
coaching has affected a class at Victoria Junior School. After 7
weeks of tough coaching, in the cold when needed, or in the indoor
sessions I managed to get a 20% rise in their fitness levels during
this period. We were practising indoor athletics events each week
with an added fitness 5 minutes. Each session being only 1 hour long
and for 7 weeks, this doesn't sound like much but this shows what a
difference it can make to children whilst learning in the vital
stages of life. This has been evidenced by an external company who
the school are using to monitor fitness levels, motivate the
children and impressively setting them online fitness support at
I also came across a video that I felt was really important for all
parents to understand and learn from. Here is the link from BT
The video talks about a documentary called 'No Hunger In Paradise'.
This is all about how the English football system is letting the
youth of today down by signing children as young as 3 to play
football for a professional team and parents pushing them down the
football route without focusing on school and other aspects of life
as a child. Watch the video and see if you agree or disagree.
I will follow this up in next week's blog to talk about 'No Hunger
In Paradise'. If you get chance, WATCH IT!!