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Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 – Get Your School Involved!!

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:18

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) 2017, Northamptonshire Sport has been working with NCC Community Safety Team and the Police Hate Crime Co-ordinator to develop a free resource for all schools across the county to host and deliver their own Multi-Cultural Activity Event on Tues 17th October as a fun way of introducing activity, thought and discussion around differences, integration, tolerance and hate.

The free resources available on the NSport website will provide schools with the following:

  • A directory of activities/games from around the world (one for primary and one for secondary) providing ideas for the Multi-Cultural Event;
  • A document of reflective sessions to be held in the classroom following the activities;
  • Information about a countywide poster competition (one for primary and one for secondary) that enables the participants to demonstrate what they learned through this event.
  • Free Hate Crime posters and materials

Partnership Transition Evening Success

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:02

Moving on to secondary school can be an intimidating time, and some students find changes in PE particularly challenging.

As part of the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston SSP Enhanced Programme, more than 70 year 6 pupils attended sports and PE transition evenings at their new secondary schools in the lead up to summer.

Corby Business Academy, Lodge Park Academy and Prince William School all welcomed new pupils through their doors to experience a taste of secondary school PE and learn about the sporting opportunities available to them. Staff showed them around facilities and talked them through kit, changing, lesson times and how to join clubs.

"It was really good to see where I would change and put my things for PE. I was worried about how different it would be but now I am excited" – Zoe, attending CBA

Pupils also experienced some team building games as well as some of the activities specific to the schools own provision, such as Lodge Park's David Ross Indoor Rowing Challenge.

"I can't wait to get to Lodge Park so I can row again – it's something I would never have thought to try but could be really good at" – Morgan-Leigh, attending Lodge Park

It wasn't all about the pupils though, sessions like this have proven valuable to the secondary schools themselves.

"Bringing in pupils early is really useful for us. It allows them to get used to us, to have a face to look for when they arrive in September, and to know what to expect. Running PE transition sessions is really valuable to us as it highlights the importance of whole-child education to Lodge Park" – Alice Smyth, Lodge Park

Community Sports Development Officer Chris Long said "Transition is an area that is really important to children, parents and schools. Whilst some schools include PE lessons in their standard transition days, having bespoke sessions gives pupils that extra time to ask any questions they may have, and build initial relationships with future classmates."

Following the success of this pilot programme, the scheme will roll out to include more schools in 2018.

If you are within the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston SSP would like more information on becoming an Enhanced School, please contact Matthew Peleszok, School Sports Manager, via email using matthew.peleszok@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Code of Practice for Sports Coaches

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:42

We know that coaching encourages people to start in sport and physical activity, improves enjoyment, maintains engagement, improves fitness, develops skills and builds lifelong connections to sport and activity. This means that coaches, leaders and instructors play a critical role in the development of any sport or activity, and in the lives of the people they coach. Good coaches ensure participants have positive experiences, so they are more likely to continue and achieve their potential.

Coaches must demonstrate a high degree of honesty, integrity and competence. The need for coaches to understand and act on their responsibilities is vital to sport, as is the need to promote participation for fun and enjoyment, as well as achievement. This is implicit in good coaching practice and promotes a professional image. This Code of Practice for Sports Coaches defines all that is best in coaching practice.

To read this revised copy of the Code of Practice, please click below:

Tri Golf project scores hole in one

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:27

This year 8 special schools within Northamptonshire have been having lots of fun and learning new golf skills, thanks to the funding gained from the Golf Foundation's Grass Roots funding initiative.

The project was a collaboration between Brampton Heath Golf Club, Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire School Sports Partnership.

Initially 6 children from the 8 invited schools participated in two 1 hour coaching sessions at Brampton Heath Golf Club, hosted by golf professional Kieran Thomas.

Following on 3 children from each of the schools were able to receive ongoing weekly coaching in a wider variety of golf opportunities, including using the driving range and Putting Greens and have been able to build on their skills each week

Two very successful Tri Golf Festivals, have also been held with over 60 SEND children attending overall. These festivals have enabled the children to show the skills they have learn in a fun competitive format with a trophy, certificates and golf balls being presented to the children attending.

A Tri Golf Leadership Course delivered by Jason Sorrell, enabled over 25 young SEND leaders and 10 teachers to learn the skills necessary to help and assist others in delivering Tri Golf sessions, and organise PE lessons.

The project has been a great success, with an SEND Family Tri Golf Day and additional ongoing weekend coaching sessions planned for the future. A number of the children wish to continue to play the game regularly, with the continued support of the club, and schools, and when possible participate in regular competitions as well as join the club, with friends and family.

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