"Health Campaign is now up and running
to aid children" Times and Star, March 23rd
It is so sad to hear that across Cumbria childhood obesity stats
are amongst the worst in England. Although on the back of this
it was good to read the paper was keen to focus on and promote
the positive work that is being done to encourage fitness and
health. Ultimately the task is to go back to our roots:
MOVE MORE, EAT MORE OF NATURAL FOODS
AND LESS OF MAN MADE FOOD.
Within our programmes at Wright Sport Services and Chance Camp
all our programmes are designed to inspire and motivate children
that physical activity is vital and enjoyable. We will all find
an activity that engages us but, like anything, we must be
prepared to trial all opportunities to find the activity for us.
At Chance Camp this Easter we will see children trying tennis
and rugby for the first time as well as children who already
play a lot of these sports, the key is to challenge them within
their limits, reward and agree improvement goals for the future
to ensure they want to keep participating.
We have great days at Chance Camp with some children active for
up to 5 hours, no use of electronic devices, lots of social
interaction, use of stretching and promotion of hydration
through water. We can see children develop within hours of
participating in our programme, coming out of their shells and
enjoying the joy of sport.
Let's hope this generation reverse the trend and we get back to
our roots, enjoying the great outdoors for all it provides.
This week's tennis lessons saw the children
developing their serving technique. We looked at developing both
underarm and overarm serves with the overall aim to be to serve
the ball into the tennis court. This then led into mini tennis
matches which gave the children the chance to test the skills
Reflective Practice can be defined as "a procedure which
allows experience to be converted into learning" (Knowles,
Gilbourne, Cropely and Dugdill, 2014).
This half term we've been promoting reflective practice amongst
the children that we teach. This is to get children to analyse
their own sporting performance. As this week was the last week
of coaching for me in some schools, children received a Chance
Camp card. On the card, the children were asked to write down
what their strengths were when playing tennis as well as their
weaknesses. This gives the children an idea as to what areas
they need to work on if they want to progress and improve.
During the Easter break we are running a tennis/rugby skills
camp at Cockermouth RUFC. The perfect environment to progress