Coaches' Weekly Blog Archives
Week 12 - 20 December 2017

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.

2017 has been another fantastic year with 1000s of coaching hours across the different sectors we work in.
Physical Education lessons, sports coaching programmes, intra and inter school sport competitions, after school clubs, healthy lifestyle workshops and playtime leadership courses have been a great success across our Allerdale Schools.

Chance Camp has continued to build its reputation in providing school holiday sporting opportunities for 4-14 year olds to access a range of sport and build confidence and a love for different sports. Many children then go on to join local sport clubs and in cases like Ellie Brown in girls football go on to fantastic sport specific results; Ellie has joined the professional outfit of Durham's Women's football club after impressive playing in goals for Cockermouth JFC. Fantastic, well done Ellie.

Chance Camp also provides early talent provision for children in school years 2 to 6. The camp at Netherhall in Easter was a highlight and fantastic to see the next wave of sporting potential which will be flooding the Allerdale, Cumbria and national sporting scene soon. Our major goal at these camps is to raise the aspirations of these children and ensure they are working towards some inspiring sporting goals.

In 2017 we have continued to provide community sessions with Ross and Rob working with Barnado's in the holiday times to provide sport coaching and events. Rob has continued to work in Silloth on a Friday night ensuring activities are available for 12 -18 year olds. Ross continues to provide Saturday morning sessions in Cockermouth and Sporting Birthday Parties. We were also delighted to provide some sessions as part of Allerdale Council's drive to increase sporting opportunities for people of all ages. The walking netball we introduced in Cockermouth is now a self sustaining group who play weekly in Cockermouth Sports Centre.

We look forward to 2018 where we will ensure the above continues to happen and look for new ways to help ensure we play our part in ensuring the people of Allerdale are provided with sporting and physical activity opportunities.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Week 11 - 3 December 2017
Chris Wright

Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation
This week has been a great week with lots of different delivery including a 3 hour workshop with Dean Primary School to prepare their Year 5/6 students to help us deliver the Cockermouth Sports Hall Athletics competition on Wednesday which I look forward to.

I was lucky enough to be shortlisted and attend the West Cumbria Community Hero's event on Friday night. It was a great evening and inspiring to hear all the great efforts going on in our community. All these winners had something in common, it was their intrinsic desire to succeed, help, support or create. They were not doing it for extrinsic reasons, money, other people's praise etc.

As sport coaches we all have a role to play in trying to ensure our young people are intrinsically driven. Helping them to focus on the process and strive for success in their own performance. Enjoying and celebrating this improvement is very important and the extrinsic rewards will follow.

Rob Jefferson

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.

At Flimby the children finished their athletics lessons with the Olympic Games. Again lots of great performances by the class in sprint, jump and throwing events.

In the past I've spoken about competition and how research suggests that children do not like P.E. due to the fear of failure when competing. However when teaching I always try to encourage children through positive reinforcement when successfully learning a skill, answering a question correctly or winning a game or even playing well during a point.

I believe increasing confidence is vital in order for children to enjoy taking part in P.E. so that they look forward to future lessons and then hopefully look to take part in that sport outside of school. This will then lead to children keeping active and leading a healthy lifestyle.


Week 10 - 26 November 2017
Chris Wright

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.

Reference Physical Living, Health- First Fitness. "Natural Movement Doesn't Come Naturally: You Weren't Born Perfect"

These sessions were delivered to approx 350 children last week and observations would suggest no more than 10% of these children would be classed as Most Optimal, this 10% group were children who are very active and access many sporting opportunities who were able to link the movements instantly. Most children at the start of the lesson were certainly Least Optimal but nearly all the children were able to move to efficiently ineffective: poor form that results in desired outcome. Its all about the OPPORTUNITY. We need children to be daily accessing outdoor play and developing NATURAL movement patterns.

From the article referenced above:

"The truth is that we're not born into movement perfection. How ever, we know for a fact that proficiency in movement skills is acquired through diligent practise throughout childhood, youth and adulthood. Similarly. they can diminish WITHOUT PRACTISE".

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.

Ross McGuire

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:

Good running technique is too often overlooked because we think that running comes naturally. Unfortunately, running is not just a fast walk. It is in fact a totally different set of movements, and having proper technique will help you to:

  • Be more efficient: correct technique maximise the economy of running by eliminating unnecessary movement, such as side-to-side and up-and-down motions, thus transferring all of your energy into propulsion (moving you forward).

  • Minimise the chance of injury: during running, the foot strikes the ground with a force greater than twice your body weight. With poor running technique, this force can be multiplied by tenfold. A combination of correct running technique and using appropriate running equipment can help reduce these landing forces and therefore the stress on your bones and muscles, minimising the chance of injury.

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.

Rob Jefferson

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.

In the schools that I teach tennis in we developed the children's agility, to get used to being able to move around a tennis court when rallying. We followed this by learning the technique when serving. This then led into some of the children playing mini tennis matches.

This week I came across an article online suggesting that schools should be teaching P.E. everyday as exercise boosts brain size. Researchers at the university of Granada found that children that took part in exercise for at least 3 nights a week had more grey matter in areas of the brain linked to reading and verbal communication. For the study, 100 overweight/ obese children where asked to take part in cardiovascular exercise for 270 minutes per week. The results showed that as the children's fitness increased, so did grey matter in several parts of the brain. The fitter the person became, the greater the change in the brain.

It's great to see research like this as it highlights the importance of P.E. in schools and why it's vital in children's development. The Daily Mile is a great initiative that can be used to achieve this, where children run a mile every morning before lessons start.

Week 9 - 19 November 2017
Chris Wright

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 this later.

In schools it's been great to hear the reviews of the children from Victoria Juniors and Seaton Juniors who attended the High5 Netball competition, the first thing they reported back to me was we didn't win. Do children feel pressure? Did I give them the expectation they should win? Hopefully in my questioning after the children realised being at the competition and playing against other teams was the outcome we wanted. "How did the teamwork go with the players we picked?" "In the game you won how did you manage to score your goals?" etc were the questions I asked. Its now the turn of Sports Hall Athletics and in the above schools I am now delivering intra school competitions to select the 6 boys and 6 girls who can run the fastest and jump and throw the furthest.

Back to the senior rugby match - it was a pressure game on Saturday and my team responded brilliantly to the challenge. However in this game they made a lot more mistakes than in the previous week - was this down to pressure? What is pressure? Pressure comes from trying to focus on an outcome in the future, because it's in the future it becomes a fantasy. If this fantasy is conceived as difficult, we create unnecessary pressure on ourselves. On reflection we were guilty of this on Saturday and in the future we must concentrate on the PROCESS, something we can control and feel confident with. At the end of the game we can then review the outcome and hopefully next time this will mean success.

Ross McGuire

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!!

Victoria Infants are participating in gymnastics with lots of children showing brilliant balancing and coordination skills and have been encouraged to challenge themselves as this is what learning is.

It has been said that:

Coaching youth sports can be a very rewarding activity. You are present to observe your team growing and learning, facing challenges, and experiencing success. But being a coach brings with it a huge responsibility. As a coach you are also a teacher and a role model for your athletes. You are ultimately responsible for making sure each one of your team members has the most positive experience possible.

This is the exact reason why I love coaching and seeing children fail learn and succeed in everything they try in sport.

Rob Jefferson

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!

In Silloth Primary School, a Year 5/6 team of boys entered the Cumbria Football Finals. After only a couple of practices, the boys played brilliantly, finishing runners up after winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1. The boys were obviously delighted with their achievement. Well done to them!

After seeing how well the children were able to transfer their sprinting skills into the jumping events, it got me thinking as to how well athletes are able to transfer skills across a range of different sports.

Known as the transfer principle, it is suggested that learning and performing one activity can have a positive, negative or zero effect on another activity. Positive transfer can take place if there are similarities between 2 skills when performed, whereas a negative transfer can take place when a learned skill interferes with the performance of another skill.

Looking back at my sporting background, both transfers have had an effect on me. One of my main sports I play is badminton. I've played for almost 20 years, starting when I was 7.

I didn't start playing tennis until I was 12. However with playing badminton I was able to use my past experience, and transfer those skills across when learning the new technique. I found it quite easy as in both sports you try and hit your shot at its highest point

However a couple of years ago I tried playing squash and went to some coaching sessions. This time I found it very difficult to learn the technique when striking and moving to the ball as we were told to hit it at a lower position with lots of slice. After a few lessons of squash, I found the new skills I was learning were then having a negative effect on my badminton performances. For that reason I decided to stop playing squash and concentrate on my badminton/ tennis.

I believe all children should experience as many different sports and activities as possible. But as you get older you might come to the point where you need to follow a path and commit to one sport. A great example of someone who did this is Ben Stokes who had to choose between Rugby and Cricket.

Week 8 - 12 November 2017
Chris Wright

Why is movement being neglected?

We are currently delivering Sports Hall athletics which is a favourite scheme of work for me. It is with interest how observations show me year on year that children are getting less comfortable with simple movement patterns e.g. skipping and too many children find it hard or take a dislike to working at a rate which significantly raises heart rate. I like to look at posture during the sprint work we do, have a go at this, you might be surprised by the results. Sit on the floor with legs out in front of you, toes pointed to ceiling, and ensure head is up and chest is out and shoulders back, really trying to straighten spine and sit up. How long can you hold this position, is your core strong enough?

Because the human body is truly engineered for motion, not fulfilling that potential is like allowing a car to sit in the garage and rust away.

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!!!

Rob Jefferson

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 competitions.

Practice makes improvement

When teaching I believe it's vital that children are always practising their sport skills. Whether it be at home or during school breaks. Malcolm Gladwell believes any individual needs 10,000 hours of deliberate practice before they can be classed as an expert in their field. One resource we use throughout our lessons is the FUNS for Everyone pack. The cards offer a range of different drills that can be regressed or progressed to improve moving, throwing, catching and balancing. Using these cards in lessons are great as they offer challenges for the children to complete. Once they complete the skill they can move onto the next challenge. Using this resource in lessons gives children a sense of accomplishment and confidence as they can see how they've improved throughout the term. It also gives great ideas as to what activities children can do outside of PE lessons to practice.

Ross McGuire

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 skills.

In the infants I have been using a new program to teach the children new skills in different games. Has given me great ideas to use to teach the reception class and even giving me ideas to give for homework for the children. This will be great to see if these skills will be improved over the next coming weeks.

This has been backed up by Andy Murray’s mother in the telegraph in how it is key to keep kids healthy and active.

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.

Week 7 - 5 November 2017
Chris Wright

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.

It was fantastic to be a sponsor at the 6th Allerdale Sport Awards on Friday night. These awards showcase the huge amount of talent we have in the area. It was also conclusive in how there has been a culture change in local sport with running, cycling, swimming and triathlon dominating the evening. Does the demise of team sport and the huge increase in individual sport reflect on society changes?

Rob Jefferson

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.
This half term at Dean and Flimby we are focusing on sports hall athletics. This week we were developing our sprinting technique, focusing on the upper body.

On Friday I was pleased to attend the Allerdale Sports Awards, presenting the award for Junior Sports Person of the Year. The Winner, Oliver Dustin, is a talented middle distance runner whose recent achievements include victories in the 1500m at the English National Track Championships and in the 800m in the English Schools Athletics. It's great to see such a great talent coming and representing Allerdale. Congratulations Oliver and good luck in your sporting career.

Ross McGuire

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 pupils.

Also a new challenge has been given to me this year by Chris to try and introduce the use of videos in my P.E. sessions. The reason being using different tools to be able to keep the pupils engaged but keep it as fun as possible. I believe there is another way to keep the children engaged and well prepared using video learning in P.E., this is backed up by this post in an article online.

"This chapter was written to introduce a way of organizing learning activities when using a flipped learning approach in Physical Education (PE). The idea is that students will prepare at home, before the PE class, watching a video explaining key topics and introducing the activities they are going to conduct in their next class. This way they come to school better prepared and more motivated for participating in the practical PE class, and they achieve a better learning outcome".

Week 6 - 29 October 2017
Chris Wright

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.

Come hail, snow, wind, rain and sun we have one aim and that is to ensure children understand that sport, exercise and activity can be still be participated in. Important modifications are needed in terms of surface, clothing, time and equipment etc.

One highlight of my week *shame that this happens* was seeing the children who were very apprehensive of getting dirty, making a transition to getting stuck in the mud, catching dirty rugby balls and enjoying the experience. Children are a creation of the environment around them and the boundaries that are put in place by adults.

Rob Jefferson

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.

This week during our free play slots, the children have been completing a booklet from the National Trust: 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. This is designed to get children outdoors, exploring the countryside, completing tasks. E.g. hunting for bugs, making trails etc. We found out that some of the children had never built a den before which left us all shocked! Hopefully the children continue with the tasks in the weeks to come. A great booklet that develops children's decision making, teamwork and creativity.

Ross McGuire

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!!"

A perfect example happened this week at Chance Camp with one of the new starters. This person was really struggling with my kicking practice in rugby and started to get a bad toe due to wrong kicking technique. After helping to understand the issues, the decision was made to point her toe forwards towards the target she was aiming for rather than pointing her toes to the sky. She then realised this was a very similar movement to something she had done in Scottish dancing.

This was the first time anyone had mentioned anything related to another sport and made me realise that lots of movements can be transferred to improve performance in other sports and activities.

Week 5 - 20 October 2017
Rob Jefferson

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

The Daily Mile

During this half term I was teaching tennis at St Cuthbert's Primary School, Wigton. The school has signed up to the Daily Mile initiative, where every morning children walk or run for 15 minutes, completing a mile.

According to the Department of Health, nearly a third of children aged 2-15 are obese with younger generations becoming obese at earlier ages.

The Daily Mile was set up to try and curb this trend. The initiative states that 4 weeks of daily exercise will make children become fit.

After speaking to the teachers about the scheme they agreed that the children's fitness had improved from taking part. They also found that the children's concentration in classes got better after completing the mile as well as some children's self confidence. This could be due to it being fully inclusive with every child succeeding, nobody failing. A great scheme that more schools should use!

Ross McGuire

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 their efforts.

The importance of competition: Sports are more than just fun and games. From schoolyard chants to Premier League wins, playful competition finds its way into nearly all aspects of culture. Fighting to win draws on cooperation, concentration, coordination, and creativity - things worth striving for in their own right.

Wednesday night I attended the positive mind workshop, learning new skills and ideas to bring into my coaching to help children to understand ways in which failure isn't a bad thing and the way we encourage the children.

Friday morning consisted of an assessment of Chris at Victoria Junior School year 6; this was a great experience as I had some new ideas to bring into my session, it also gave me chance to watch from the outside and compare my performance and giving some tips afterwards.


Chris Wright

Fixed v Growth Mindset

This week I had the opportunity to complete part 1 of a positive mindset workshop. After two hours of great discussions with the other attendees and the deliverer, I now have a refreshed outlook on the way I teach and coach.

Taking time to observe the way we teach, the environment we create is so important.

Ensuring all the children we work with are confident to make mistakes, self reflect on actions and find ways to solve problems is essential. Since doing the course we are working on the feedback, praise and challenges we give. Ross observed me in today's lesson, seeing developments in my coaching, I look forward to developing this new belief in the coaching process.

Top Tip - We are very good at praising outcomes but try focusing on the process, let the child reflect on way they did so well and hopefully this will be a mastered one and repeated in the future.

Week 4 - 15 October 2017
Ross McGuire

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.

Finally I have received some really good feedback on my session from Chris after my lesson observation on Friday, but also leaving me plenty of tips and encouragement for improvement. In line with what we expect of the children, ensuring we continually assess our performance is so important to ensure as coaches we can develop to reach our true coaching potential.


Rob Jefferson

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 into practice!

A lot gets said and written about the problems with competition in school sport with a lot of children less inclined to compete. A survey by the Marylebone Cricket Club found that 64% of children aged 8-16 found that children were "relieved, not bothered or happier" if winning or losing were not a factor.

In order for children to enjoy taking part in competition, they need to be equipped with the correct skills and have the self confidence to compete.

During our P.E. lessons, we base the content on making sure the games played are fun and active that brings enjoyment when children take part.

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.


Chris Wright

Importance of Play
This week I got chance to observe one of our coaches, Ross McGuire. His lesson was structured with about 90% of the lesson based on children playing the game.

Children of all abilities were engaged, with lots of questioning occurring from coach to pupil, pupil to coach and more importantly pupil to pupil. It was an excellent lesson and the process observed in the children's ability to PLAY High 5 Netball over a five week period has been encouraging.

At home we have been talking about play within the school and home setting. The Mrs and I believe the early school years should all be about PLAY, with outside play predominant. Children demonstrating what they know verbally and not recording everything in writing - this will come later!

Outside play at home then becomes even more important. Regardless of our adult fears of this changing world, children are still children and should be allowed freedom within sensible boundaries to connect with nature, local surroundings and people. Adhering to these sensible boundaries, the physical and mental development occurring and the important social opportunities totally outweighs sitting inside the same four walls or garden fences.

During October half term Chance Camp will be running from Cockermouth RUFC. In total 25 hours of structured play and 15 hours of independent play will be available.

Week 3 - 6 October 2017
Rob Jefferson

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 past defenders.
I'm also in the middle of delivering 6 weeks of gymnastics with St Bridget's key stage 1. This week we were looking at different rolls, and putting them into sequences with different jumps and balances.

Did you know?
Although children are generally flexible it is still important that they stretch from an early age. Children begin to lose their suppleness as they enter their teenage years. After a warm up stretching can prevent injury by reducing the risk of muscle tears and pulls and after exercising stretching helps the muscles recover by reducing stiffness.
Being flexible can also help improve sports performance. For example a cricketer bowls better with a loose arm.
If children learn correct exercise habits when they are young, they can continue to practice them when they get older benefiting a child's overall health for their entire life.

Chris Wright

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.

Did you know?
This week is Parents in Sport Week. Being a young athlete in Cumbria your parents are the single most important part of Team You which includes schools, the sport clubs and families. Through parents' support, children can engage in sport and access the opportunities required to reach their potential and enjoy their participation.

Week 2 - 29 September 2017
Rob Jefferson

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 maximum distances.

Did you know?
An athlete's legs and trunk generate up to 50% of the force when throwing a ball. It's really important to have solid base, knee flexion and hip rotation in order to maximise your throwing distance.

Ross McGuire

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.

Chris Wright

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 learning.

This week my lead sport, rugby union, has come back into focus. Similar to society, certain people are calling for the risk to be minimised. I am in disagreement with this. More focus should be put on the delivery of the game at the younger age to improve physical literacy, rugby specific movements etc to help reduce the risk of injury.

Week 1 - 18 September 2017
Chris Wright

Teaching Highlights
Fantastic week of delivery underway with visits to Seaton Juniors and Victoria Juniors to deliver the High 5 Netball scheme of work in preparation for the cluster tournament in November. My weekly visit to Year 1 at Victoria Infants will see the delivery of an agility programme and developing their concept of space.

Did you know?
Primary Schools train up their Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to become playground leaders. The children complete four weeks training and then deliver a weekly activity timetable of games, fitness, skill challenges and creative tasks to the rest of the school. I am currently in Fairfield, Flimby and Broughton primary delivering this programme which is going really well.

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