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Hot on the heels of our news item last week concerning a Movement agenda came a report in the Guardian by Denis Campbell entitled ‘Competitive team sports will alienate inactive schoolchildren’ that discussed the Young Foundation Thinktank report ‘Move It – increasing young people’s participation in sport’ that suggests government’s traditional focus doesn’t suit inactive children, who prefer informal, individual activities.
The thinktank says: ‘The philosophy of sports policy remains embedded in supporting elite and competitive sports. It does nothing to change the overly complex way sport is organised and will continue to fund the organisations that have failed to increase levels of participation in the past’. In order to achieve lasting change the report suggests some radical solutions; Tacklesport suggest this one for a starter: stop using the word ‘sport’ in educational contexts and replace it with ‘movement’. If we want the world to move let’s start using the right language!!
Be original – your players deserve it!
It was recently suggested to me by a coach development manager that coaches in their sport were consistently asking for more and more pre-written session plans. Indeed there are numerous web-sites that offer these ‘quick fix’ solutions to guarantee the success of coaching sessions. Do not be fooled into parting with your money!
The writer of whatever session you may choose from the internet does not know your players, has no idea of their stage of development, hasn’t a clue about their needs, and certainly has no interest in their personal development. You on the other hand should know your players; you will have worked with them to identify their strengths and weaknesses and will have agreed with them what they need to do to develop. And the sessions you will plan and deliver will be those with this information firmly in mind. By all means research for ideas, but be brave, think outside the box, and create sessions that are original – your players will appreciate your efforts!
by Rob Cook
The latest update from Rob Cook, Tacklesport Ambassador and Full Back for Gloucester Rugby Football Club.
Well a lot has happened since my last entry.
Training has got into more of a routine as games are becoming priority. After the pre-season friendlies our first league game was against Northampton Saints at home. I wasn’t involved in the squad but did get to warm up with the team before kick-off, this is just in case anyone gets injured. It was a really good atmosphere and even though I wasn’t involved, a full ‘Shed’ really got the hairs on my neck standing to attention.
For several years now Tacklesport has been campaigning for better movement education in schools and in sport generally, together with enhanced ‘movement education’ training for all those involved in working with children. Our mantra has been ‘Not everyone plays sport. But every body moves’©. Our movement education resources were the first of their kind and are used all around the world, whilst our latest Move Play Learn© initiative is proving a success in primary schools and with organisations responsible for the coaching of children. (more…)
Tacklesport recently attended the first New Zealand Education Showhttp://nzedshow.co.nz/, held at the Telstra Clear Pacific Centre Auckland New Zealandhttp://www.pacific.org.nz/ from the 13th-15th September.
The trip was made possible by the support of the UK Trade and Investment Team of based in Auckland – Deirdre Bonis, Trade Development Officer (centre left), Barbara Harris, Deputy Director Trade (right), and Kirsty Balfour Marketing & Research Assistant (far left), seen here with Tacklesport Managing Director Andrew Cushing. One product that was well received by primary school teachers was the mi move resource, a tool to help practitioners improve children’s ability to move. As can be seen in the picture opposite there was one attendee who was enthralled!!