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How much do you know about young people?

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:32

What a great question for youth coaches to consider! How much do you know about why young people turn up to your session?

In collaboration with Sport England, sports coach UK has created the second in a series of three animations looking at the motivations behind taking part in a coaching session

It is important to be reminded that all young people are different and will therefore have different reasons for taking part based on different experiences, personality, and lifestyle factors.

Recent insight from Sport England asked young people why they take part in sport or activity. The most common reasons young people gave included:

• meet new people

• hang out with friends

• get in shape

• be healthy

• for fun and enjoyment

• learn new skills.

The challenge for coaches, activators and leaders is how to plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons for taking part.

Liz Burkinshaw is the Development Lead Officer for Participation at sports coach UK. She said:

"This is a great new piece of bite size learning for any youth coach especially those working in satellite clubs, and sportivate sessions. If youth coaches understood and delivered sessions that met the reasons why young people turn up each week then young people are more likely to come back again and again for experiences that are meaningful and worthwhile to them "

Check out this short animation and accompanying support guide that helps solve this challenge for coaches, activators and leaders.http://bit.ly/SessionMotivations

Satellite Club Project 3 Year Success

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06

Now coming to the end of its third year, the Sport England Satellite Clubs Project has successfully launched 55 clubs in secondary schools across Northamptonshire, with almost 1500 young people attending community-club led sessions in 17 sports and physical activity disciplines.

Satellite Clubs have been instrumental in addressing the challenge of supporting young people to make the transition from school clubs to community sport. The development of school-club links has been the vehicle to Satellite Club success.

One success story of the project has been Kingswood Academy in Corby who, alongside Corby Amateur Boxing Club, created an after-school provision for young people to access boxing coaching on the school site. Since its launch in April 2015, over 25 young people have started to regularly attend [weekly] sessions. Four of those have gone on to become members at the club and are now competing.

John Mulheron, Head Coach at Corby ABC says "Satellite Clubs has given us an opportunity to take the sport of boxing into a school where many young people have not been involved in any sport outside of school either due to the financial commitment or simply the anxiety of attending a community club session ''.

From April 2016, the Project will continue to focus on changing young people's sporting behaviour from being irregularly active to becoming consistently active. There will be a focus on the following delivery areas to help create a lifelong sporting habit.

  1. Sustaining Satellite Clubs that have been established between 2013-16,
  2. Developing new Satellite Clubs for underrepresented groups in sport including females, disabled young people, young people in black and ethnic minority (BME) groups , young people from disadvantaged communities and;
  3. Irregularly active young people aged 14-25.

If your club is interested in being involved in a Satellite Club, get in touch with Felicity Howlett fhowlett@northamptonshire.gov.uk 01604 366215

KS1 Multiskill Festival - Virtual Competion

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:58

Northampton School Sports Partnership is seeking two KS1 Teams to represent them at the Level 3 Summer School Games on Thursday 7th July 2016.

To be in with a chance to go to the Level 3 School Games, all you need to do is organise a Level 1 KS1 Multiskill Festival, using the format and rules provided and then submitting your results to Natalie Lawrence by Friday 20th May 2016.

If you require further information about the competition please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Lawrence

County Basketball Trials

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:50

Dates for the County trials for the Northamptonshire Basketball Squads have just been announced. If you are a keen Basketball player or your son/daughter is then get them along to the trials.

Alternatively further information can be sort from

Martin Spencer | Basketball Northants Vice-Chairman | Tel: 07948381950 | 01604 517732 | martin.spencer12@ntlworld.com

Basketball Northants County Trials and Tournaments 2015-16

U12's 7th May 2016 Mapperley Sports Village, Nottingham

U13's 30th April 2015 Wildcats Arena Nottingham

U15's 11th June 2015 Wildcats Arena Nottingham

U17's 26th June 2015 Wildcats Arena Nottingham

U13 Boys

Coaches: Ben Knight (tbc) & Kyle Parry

Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

Sun 10th April

TRIALS Weavers Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

Sun 17th April

Weavers Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

Sun 24th April

Weavers Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

U12 & U13 Girls: Lisa West (U13) Esme Kinghorn & Stacey Shakespeare (U12)

Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

Sat 16th April

NorthamptonSchool for Boys

10:00 – 12:00

£3

Sun 24th April

NorthamptonSchool for Boys

10:00 – 12:00

£3

U15 Boys; Darijus Maldutis & ?? (tbc)

Trial & Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

Sun 22nd May

NorthamptonAcademy

13:30 – 15:30

£4

Sun 29th May

Weavers Leisure Centre

15:00 – 17:00

£4

Sun 5th June

NorthamptonAcademy

13:30 – 15:30

£4

U15 Girls; Barry Powell

Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

8th May 2015

NorthamptonAcademy

11:30 - 13:30

£4

15th May 2016

NorthamptonAcademy

11:30 - 13:30

£4

22nd May 2016

NorthamptonAcademy

11:30 - 13:30

£4

5th June 2015

NorthamptonAcademy

11:30 - 13:30

£4

U17 Boys; Pete Burgoine

Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

4th June 2016

Weaver Leisure Centre

15:00 – 17:00

£4

12th June 2016

Weavers Leisure Centre

15:00 – 17:00

£4

18th June 2016

Weavers Leisure Centre

15:00 – 17:00

£4

U17 Girls; Angela James

Training

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

4th June 2016

Weaver Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

12th June 2016

Weavers Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

18th June 2016

Weavers Leisure Centre

13:00 – 15:00

£4

Women's Tour Cross Curricular Competitions launched

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:43

In Northamptonshire, we have launched a series of Cross Curricular School Games competitions linked to the final stage of the 2016 Women's Tour that will be coming to the County on the 19th June 2016.

The Term 5 Cultural Competitions are;

  • The Great Northamptonshire Shirt Off (Primary): Design a Cycling Shirt for the Women's Cycling Tour 2016
  • Women's Tour Flag Competition (Secondary): Design the Starting Flag for the final stage of the Women's Tour

Deadline for entries are Friday 13th May 2016

http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/cross-curricular-competitions

Year 4-5 Able & Talented Camp...Session 3

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:39

Date: Tuesday 29th March 2016 Venue: Northampton Academy

Year 4 Participation: 8 pupils Year 5 participation: 9 pupils

Activity 1: Connect 3

Teacher in Charge: Mr Jones

Pupils were given the aim of the game; in the style of a relay race the aim of the game was to put three cones in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line to win, and then given the responsibility to determine how the game should be played. It would be fair to say that the first attempt at the game looked like chaos, with pupils running all over the place. The pupils were asked to review the first game and find a solution to the chaos! It didn't take them long to agree some rules of play. From then on the games developed tactical momentum and the team's level of skill, challenge and determination to win escalated.

The pupils remained very focused throughout the session which, without very much input from staff, they pretty much organised themselves for an hour of solid activity.

Pupils were surprised at just how much physical activity the game involved and it was nice to see so many red cheeks at the end of it...it just goes to show that physical activity and exercise and be great fun!

Multi-Ability Cogs: Social, Creative, Cognitive, Health & Well-being

Activity 2: Goalball

Teacher in charge: Miss Lawrence

Goalball was originally developed by Hanz Lorenzen (Austria) and Sepp Reindl (Germany) in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans.

Within the next few decades goalball evolved into a competitive sport, and was featured as a demonstration sport at the 1976 Montreal Summer Paralympic Games. The success of this led to the first goalball world championships being held in Austria in 1978, before it was officially included within the Paralympic movement in the 1980 Summer Games in Arnhem and thereafter.

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players and is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes, and sighted players can also play domestically.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area. They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.

The pupils were all given a blindfold to wear and asked not to take off their blindfolds even when staff were giving them further instructions, this was to try and mimic what it is like for a blind or partially sighted person to be taught a new sport or activity – many of the pupils found this concept understandably difficult.

The pupils were given a series of challenges;

1) Rectangle Roll: an attacking practice whereby the blindfolded pupils practice passing the ball in different directions, over different distances and then adjusting to reversing the passing direction.

2) Cone Challenge: a number of cones were set up about 5 meters in front of the pupils and the aim of the game was for the blindfolded pupils to improve the accuracy of their shooting through practice and verbal instructions from their sighted coach.

3) Team Defence: to work as a team to stop an sighted bowler from scoring a goal

The session finished with pupils competing in a number of 5 minute matches. Pupils were given the opportunity to play in the matches and coach their team. There were a number of great goals and saves made by the pupils.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Cognitive, Social, Personal

Activity 3: Dance

Teacher in charge: Nikki Antonaccio

Pupils were not told what the afternoon session would involve until the Tutor (Nikki) arrived as I was a little unsure how some of the pupils would react to the activity; I think I was right to keep it a secret as there were a few moans and groans when they were told!

Nikki introduced the pupils to the style of Contemporary Dance; "Contemporary dance is the name for a modern concert dance genre. It is not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods developed from modern and post-modern dance and can take on many forms including dance fusion, emergent dance and revisionism".

To prepare the pupils they undertook a series of dance drills which they would later use to creatively design the starting sequence for their performance, followed by a taught dance sequence which the group learnt and practice together.

Once fully emerged in the activity the moans and groans turned to joy and excitement, especially when the pupils were given the freedom to develop their own sequence which would lead into the taught dance sequence.

The team cohesion, ability to communicate and share ideas that emerged from this session was amazing. This led to some excellent performances at the end of the session and some surprisingly great performances for pupils who had been a little reluctant or insecure at the start!

The Tutor was inspiring, supportive and provided an atmosphere that allowed all pupils to feel comfortable to be able to express themselves without feeling self-conscious or silly, and therefore it is not surprising that she scored the highest number of votes for the day!

Multi-Ability Cogs: Cognitive, Social, Personal

Summary

All the pupils should be praised for their efforts today!

The quality of the sessions, determination of the pupils to succeed and learn new skills and contribute to theirs and their peers learning just keeps getting better.

Today the pupils were given responsibility of the board; a plenary concluded each session with the pupils outlining what 'Cogs' they has been turning and developing during the sessions, and more specifically the principle skills.

The pupils have just one session remaining for this academic year; a session that will expose the pupils to a sport that is very few will have tried, an opportunity for them to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the programme and for parents to hear from the pupils all about their experiences!

Girls Football Week

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:29

This year's FA Girls' Football Week will be expanded to two events to further drive female football participation.

The first week, which is focused on encouraging primary and secondary schools to put on football sessions for girls, will take place from Monday 25 April. The second, 10-16 October, will aim at raising participation at higher and further education establishments.

Clubs, community groups, wider educational establishments and other organisations are also being invited to run female-specific sessions during the week.

Girls' Football Week

25 April - 1 May 2016 10-16 October 2016 Register now

In 2015 more than 16,000 people took part in the event, over triple the original target. It is aimed that 17,340 girls aged 5-16 take part in the first week, a 20 per cent increase on 2015.

The weeks are being delivered in partnership with Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport, British Universities and Colleges Sport, the Premier League and the Football League.

The FA is offering free-to-use resources to participating schools and institutions, which include session guides and promotional materials. This can be accessed by registering the session at www.fagirlsfootballweek.com.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of football participation and development, said: "Following the success of last year's event it was decided that we could have an even bigger impact on participation levels by running two weeks, focusing on different areas.

"We hope that if more schools and groups put these sessions on that it won't just encourage girls to start playing football, but they will carry on playing regularly, particularly for teenagers where sport drop-out rates can be high.

"2015 was a landmark year for women's football and there's no doubt that big occasions such as the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley and the Lionesses' achievements at the World Cup had a big impact on inspiring more girls to play.

"We are confident, along with our partners, that even more progress will be made this year and we encourage as many schools as possible to sign up and help us to get more girls playing football."

England and Chelsea forward Karen Carney said: "I visited one of the Girls' Football Week sessions last year in Birmingham and it was great to see so many girls enjoying playing football.

"If schools can create more opportunities for girls to try football, then hopefully more will love playing."

Football is the largest female team sport in England with more than 2.89m players. There are more than 5,900 women's and girls' teams playing affiliated club football.

Northamptonshire will be celebrating Girls Football week with a series of primary, secondary and special school festivals.

For further information about the Special Schools Festival on Wednesday 27th April please contact Amber Wildgust on Amber.Wildgust@northantsfa.com

For Further information about the Primary and Secondary Festivals please contact George Joyce on George.Joyce@ntfc.co.uk

Kingsthorpe Cluster update...Term 4

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:56

The year 3 Multi-Sport festival was organised and run by year 7 students from our Young Leader Development Squad. This was the first event they have done since completing their leadership training and they were FANTASTIC! The students worked brilliantly together to plan a variety of activities including crab football, races and football-rounders. They had up to 20 year 3 children at a time but that didn't faze them at all! They were confident, enthusiastic and professional for the whole 2 hours. The year 3 children had a great time and it was good to see them working well with children from other primary schools. We received some lovely feedback from primary staff praising our students.

'Thanks for a successful multi-sports event this afternoon. The year 7s were great and our children loved it' Brian Gwynne, KVPS Headteacher

We held a cluster Cross-Country event to prepare the children for the Town Cross Country. We had over 100 year 4, 5 and 6 children competing in a number of cross country races. Our school site provided a really challenging course for the primary pupils due to the steep hills and variety of terrains. We saw some superb performances during the afternoon! Many of the children went on to represent our cluster and their schools in the Town competition and did really well!

Alex Bennett, SSCo

NPAT Cluster update...Term 4

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:54

This term saw the last of our cluster young leader reviews- it is so fantastic to see the young leaders in action at lunchtime and hear from other students how much they are enjoying their sessions. In preparation for L2 competitions Northampton Academy hosted practice festivals in both Quicksticks and Tri Golf…..with the opportunity proving to be valuable assisting Weston Favell to a fantastic win at L2- Good luck for the L3 games!!! Having met with most schools over the last couple of weeks to discuss/look through their evidence files for Gamesmark…..I am looking forward to us all going for GOLD!

Emily Carter-Morris, SSCo

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