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Creating leadership opportunities
for young people
Creating Effective Leaders at a
Research has shown that children who
show strong signs of leadership at a young age are more
likely to have successful careers later on in life.
Leadership programmes that teach children key social skills
such as communication, organisation and teamwork have proven
to increase children's confidence, competence and
self-esteem within their social environments.
Positive impacts of creating young
leaders in primary schools
Allerdale Multi Skill Academy 2018
Gifted and Talented Academy
The Allerdale Multi Skill Academy saw
me work with a group of 16 Didi Stars (School Years 2 and 3)
over 4 days of gymnastics, tennis, rugby and athlete skill
development. My main focus was on providing all children
with gymnastic sessions designed to highlight the children's
creative development along with their abilities to work well
within group situations. The Didi Stars were enthusiastic
and enjoyed learning and performing different gymnastic
skills and routines. The group returned from their activity
sessions with other coaches full of life and excited to
share what they had learnt. It is clear to see that the Didi
Stars confidence has grown throughout the week as new
friendships have been made with children from other schools.
This was demonstrated when every child in the group
performed the skills they had learnt over the week in the
academy closing ceremony, this was done not only in the
company of other Didi Stars but in front of all the children
at the academy.
Gifted and Talented Academy Review
During the Multi Skills Academy I had
the chance to work with the All Star 2 group which was the
oldest age group (Year 6). The group was very talented and
showed me brilliant understanding of skills, tactics and
effort to try to win and improve during the week. Each child
was assessed in five areas which were Physical, Social,
Creative, Cognitive and Personal aspects of sport.
"Health Campaign is now up and
running to aid children" Times and Star, March 23rd
MOVE MORE, EAT MORE OF NATURAL
FOODS AND LESS OF MAN MADE FOOD.
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 learned.
Headteacher's feedback on this week's blog:
"Wow Chris, made a fantastic read. Didn't know you were challenging the kids like that but so pleased. You know me and food and the change to pupils when diet and exercise is improved. If schools have behaviour issues they need to look at these two factors first. Keep up the good work, you should be proud of your impact on Cumbrian pupils. Our schools would be a very different place without this. Thanks."
Physical Education and Sport at
forefront of developing adults of the future
Why is a demonstration so important?
Importance of Creative Leaders and
Follow the link to reasons why being
creative is so important in coaching:
Psychological Benefits of Physical
What makes a good coach?
A good coach will always say the right
things at the right times, a good coach will know what makes
their team/athlete tick, a good coach will have a long term
goal but will adapt on the short and medium term plans to
suit their team/athlete. A good coach will be RESPECTED by
the team/athlete and will ensure their participants gain
success, enjoy what they are doing and want to come back for
What makes a good coach?
What makes a good coach?
This week our blog takes a different
format with our coaches answering the following question:
Studies have been completed which show
the above are major concerns, which is no surprise with the
24 hour news, huge media exposure to child abduction cases.
In reality, the number of child abduction cases remains low
and children are far more likely to be harmed by a trusted
adult in a private setting than a stranger in the local
community. As an adult who lives on a town street, with
parked cars, we encourage our children out and ensure they
have the respect to watch our for neighbours, look after
their property etc. Schools do a great job in their
education of stranger danger and our children should be
provided with the opportunity for independent self guided
play in the great outdoors. We have our boundaries set and I
hope they are able to get out and fully explore the
environment and fantastic childhood experiences within these
As a child I spent most of my free time
playing sport. However my best times I had as a child was
playing outside with friends. I used to love going on bike
rides, making dens, climbing trees and having water fights.
However this is something that I don't really see anymore. A
recent study suggests 75% of UK children spend less time
outdoors than prison inmates.
I feel there are many reasons as to why
there is a decline in outdoor play. My first reason is
social media, it is far easier to get into contact with
peers over social media apps rather than going round to see
them or playing out at the park. This kills kids' confidence
and social skills. Secondly, parents have a massive
influence on how kids play - which is easier putting an
iPad in front of them or taking them to a park with a
friend? Often parents need a quick solution to a kid's
problem and putting them on their favourite game solves
nearly everything. Due to this kids become lazy and less
socially active which hinders them in future life. Finally I
believe fear is a problem, with the media stories of
kidnappings and other disgusting acts with kids. Sending a
child out on their own or with a friend can sound like a
daunting prospect as you have no control over what your
child is up to or who they are with, this is part of a
child's learning process towards the end of their KS2 phase
as they are more likely to walk by themselves to and from
A dog's life
Chris, Rob, Ross and Amy look forward
to leading an active and happy 2018 to all who join us and
we are keen to hear from any organisations or families
interested in our services.
As it was the final week of the half
term, all of my P.E. lessons were based on competitions.
This was to give the children an opportunity to put the
skills they've been learning into practise. In my SSP
schools and Silloth Primary we held mini tennis tournaments.
In Dean we had Quicksticks hockey matches. And in St
Bridget's we had gymnastic routine performances. All of the
children did a superb job and it was great to see how the
children have progressed with their skills throughout the
That's another term over, opening up to
a different feel for my half term week at work with my new
Active Saturday morning club starting up and leading a
Chance Camp for KS1 children around the Cockermouth area,
both being held at Fairfield school.
My First Half-Term at Wright Sports
Services and Chance Camp
This has been another fantastic week
with my own teaching going very well, with some excellent
results. As importantly great feedback on the work of my
other coaches as well.
From an early age I have loved
competition and at times needed to be taught lessons on how
to deal with winning and losing. Once learnt I loved the
thrill of winning and on the other side working out why I
had lost. In my home time I was lucky enough to have four
quality clubs and coaches who supported me to reach sporting
potential. Cockermouth Swimming Club (Cumbria Honours),
Cockermouth Water Polo (North of England trials) Cockermouth
Rugby Union (England Trials) and Cockermouth Rugby League
(Semi Professional contract offer).
Why did I choose to be a PE teacher
and sports coach?
Why I chose to be a PE teacher/sports
coach and my highlight of the week.
This week's aim in my P.E. lessons was to
get the children ready for the end of term intra school
competitions. In my Allerdale SSP and Silloth Primary schools we
were developing tennis serves leading into mini matches. In Dean
we started learning the rules of Quick Sticks Hockey and began
to play mini matches. And finally in St Bridget's Primary, KS2
created their gymnastics group routines, ready to perform next
week to the class.
Long Term Athlete Development
This week in my Allerdale schools tennis
lessons, we were learning about the ready position and finding
out why it's important during tennis matches. The children were
then tasked with playing a mixture of forehand and backhand
shots, trying to remember the technique from the previous week's
It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
Another great week with Fairfield school as
we have finalised the Active Family Program. We have plenty of
families signed up to start this program, this will be a chance
for families to work together to gain an insight into what your
child experiences at school and helps towards their future
development in sport and activity. There aren't many places so
if this is for you please sign up asap as there are limited
places available, to book please follow the link below:
This week I was fascinated to listen to
Olympic athlete Ewan Thomas on the morning news.
Key Stage 2 Gymnastics: Understanding the
Biomechanics of Movements
Super week of P.E. in all of my schools. In
Silloth Primary with Years 5/6, we set the theme of our dance
lessons as Superheroes. We discussed what superheroes do, how
they move and act, and put those movements into paired routines.
Following on from last week's blog:
On behalf of Wright Sport Services and
Chance Camp I would like to wish you all a healthy 2018.
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.
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
Well done to both classes for a great first
Great start to 2018. Hope everyone had a
good Christmas and New Year.
On behalf of Chance Camp and Wright Sport
Services we would like to wish all our schools, community groups
and families a huge Happy Christmas and all the best for a
healthy and sporty 2018.
As we get closer to the end of term, we're
putting the skills we've been developing into competitions. At
Silloth, Year 5/6 competed in mini Wimbledon tournaments. Some
excellent close matches were played with lots of team points won
by the children for their sports day teams.
This week we have had a big focus on combining movements in gymnastics and the triple jump from Sports Hall Athletics. It's fantastic to see the active children who easily connect these movements, e.g. hop, skip and jump for triple jump and within this compete against themselves to increase distance with efficiently and effective technique, good form that results in desired outcome (Most Optimal). However at the other end of this scale is the (Least Optimal) inefficiently ineffective, poor form that does not result in desired outcome.
Physical Living, Health- First Fitness. "Natural Movement
Doesn't Come Naturally: You Weren't Born Perfect"
We will continue to try and motivate and
inspire the children that efficient and effective technique
across a range of movements will be attained if they are
prepared to participate and practise regularly.
Another brilliant week showing all
skills needed for Sports Hall Athletics and looking to gain
the right technique to gain the extra advantage in each
event. Running and hurdling was the main focus this week as
it isn't often developed from a young age. Not developing
these techniques can lead to poor times in races and in
increased likelihood of injury. This is backed up in an
article by Wendy Shroeder and Marie-Catherine Bruno and this
is what they say:
I also attended an early Christmas fair
at Fairfield Junior School with lots of different stalls and
games to chose from to win prizes. I set up an archery
activity and a bean bag toss challenge to promote Chance
Camp, testing the children's skills and giving their parents
some respite from the sugar filled kids after raiding the
candy floss machine. it was great to see so many kids trying
something new that they would never really have tried
before. The challenge was simple, you had 2 chances to send
three arrows at 2 targets, with the furthest target scoring
double and scoring the highest. 56 kids tried their hardest
and showed some great skills and plenty of improvements
after 6 arrows. The winners will be handed a medal in school
during this week.
In this week's athletics P.E. lessons,
the children at Dean and Flimby worked hard to improve their
triple jump technique. We began the lesson by completing a
series of exercises to increase leg strength before
completing some drills to get used to the coordination
required to perform the jump.
This week has been all about competition in
my professional delivery and volunteer role as Head Coach of
Cockermouth RUFC. With competition brings the challenges a lot
of us desire but also the feeling of 'pressure'. After my team
lost at the weekend to Wigton in the county cup I have been
doing some reading around pressure and will explain my review of
Another brilliant week after coaching
my Fairfield hockey team. I heard they had two teams
competing with one winning the whole tournament and the
other finishing 3rd out of all of the Cockermouth and
surrounding area schools!! Well done to those guys!!
Super week with some outstanding
performances in all of my schools. At Dean and Flimby the
children's athletics events are coming on really well. This
week we were developing leg strength to compete in long and
triple jump events. It was great to see the children
remember the previous week's sprinting technique when
performing the run up, which meant some huge distances were
jumped - some further than my attempts!
Why is movement being neglected?
We are currently asking the children to run
for 2 minutes at the end of some lessons, its fantastic to see
the active kids wiz round the course but I am worried about the
motion levels a lot of our children undertake, car to school,
sit at a table and desk, car home, floor, sofa etc for TV/social
media/computer. Lets make sure we don't forget where we came
from and why were given feet!!!
Another smashing week of delivery in my primary schools. In this week's tennis lessons, the children recapped last week's skills, playing forehand shots in a series of different games. We also started to develop our backhand shots, learning the technique to be able to hit the ball over the net.
In our athletics lessons in Dean and
Flimby, we continued with our sprinting. This week we were
looking at our lower body technique followed by races and
Another brilliant week of sport in
schools this week. Lots of promising skills shown with
different ideas and rules changed during games when allowed.
Even better on Friday was seeing the improvement of
Fairfield School's netball team preparing for the second
stage of their up and coming competition. After having so
much practice I can see major improvements in technique and
Judy Murray calls for children to be
given "physical education homework" as a report from the
fitness industry body Ukactive warns of a sharp decline in
pupils' fitness levels.
This week I have introduced a new coach to
the business, Amy Lawless who has recently completed her
Physical Education degree, Level 2 Multi Skills and Physical
Development course and work experience with Leeds Rhinos
Community Team. During this half term she will be on trial with
me whilst leading session in gymnastics and sports hall
athletics under my observation. I look forward to hopefully
welcoming into our workforce.
Great to be back in my schools after a
week of Chance Camp. This week I started my new block SSP
schools teaching tennis. With it being the first week we
were developing technique and control on the forehand shot.
Brilliant week back at school for half
term 2 with a new session added to my week. Working with
reception children at Fairfield school for the first time,
it was brilliant to see how excited they were for a new
lesson. We are using a new activities pack from the Youth
Sports Trust to teach and explore new ideas for Key Stage 1
This week was a great opportunity to work
with a range of children from different ages 4 to 12, different
abilities and in different weather conditions.
This week at Chance Camp I focused on
developing the children's striking skills through tennis
activities. We played lots of activities and games that were
designed to improve the group's forehand, backhand and
rallying skills. It was great to see all of the children
improve and develop their technique as the week progressed
and being able to compete at a high standard in competitions
at the end of the week.
After reading through articles I came
across this question: "Can skills crossover between
different sports and activities that seem to have no link
whatsoever?" My answer to this is "Yes!!"
Smashing last week of P.E. in my schools
before October half term. This week all of my schools were
putting the skills they've been developing into intra-school
competitions. Dean and Flimby Primary Schools competed in High 5
Netball matches, Silloth Primary in a mini-Olympics whilst my
Allerdale SSP schools competed in mini-Wimbledon tournaments. It
was great to see lots of impressive performances, with loads of
children showing that their skills have developed and improved
from the term's P.E. lessons. Well done everyone
Wow the last week flew in, Competition week!
Victoria Junior School year 3 have partaken
in an intra-class competition and were given the chance to
showcase their skills in a game scenario. All teachers were then
told of the winners of each class to gain a small reward for
Fixed v Growth Mindset
Taking time to observe the way we
teach, the environment we create is so important.
After a hectic week due to bad weather
conditions, all sessions went fantastic with much enthusiasm
shown. As we move into week 5 of High 5 Netball in Victoria
Junior School, lots of improvements were shown in year 3 who
will now be equipped to play in the intra school competition
next week. Across at Fairfield Primary School I am enjoying
preparing them for their up and coming hockey competition,
plenty of talent on show and a willingness to compete to win
is really progressing the lessons.
As well as delivering P.E. all year round
at Silloth, Dean and Flimby primary schools, I also deliver
tennis lessons to Allerdale schools as part of the School Games.
Throughout this half term we have been developing coordination/
striking skills that allows the children to improve their
technique when playing forehands, backhands, volleys and serves.
We will finish off next week with mini Wimbledon tournaments,
giving the children the opportunity to put the skills learned
We also adapt our lessons so the more gifted children compete in more difficult activities and less able children compete in different activities more suitable to their level. This allows all children to experience success and progression in their P.E. lessons.
Importance of Play
Another great week of P.E. with the
children in Dean and Flimby making excellent progress in
High 5 Netball. This week we continued with passing and
moving into space but also finding strategies to get
This half term I have worked in
Fairfield Primary, Flimby Primary and Broughton Primary
undertaking playtime leadership training. This is an
excellent scheme which gives Year 5 & 6 pupils the
opportunity to develop their confidence, understanding and
ability to deliver activities to children at lunchtimes
covering skill challenges, fitness, games and creativity.
Super week teaching, visiting Dean and
Flimby delivering High 5 Netball to KS2. This week we were
developing our throwing and catching skills whilst moving
into spaces. I also visited Silloth Primary School where
we've been focusing on indoor athletics. This week we were
developing our technique when throwing a javelin to get
For this academic year Fairfield Primary
School are using my coaching to prepare selected children for up
coming competitions. This week my focus was game specifics,
coaching the positions, player restrictions, body movements and
game based learning. There was lots of competition for places
and the selection process has been hard due to good quality all
round play and the efforts from each individual.
As we get further into the High 5 Netball
scheme of work, the focus of learning through play has become the
focus. We have developed sessions this year which put playing games,
with the children leading on rules at the heart of the sessions.
Many children are switched off by limited drills but use play/games
with the same teaching points and the class becomes a lively hive of
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