Making it personal

As a company, not only do we run Holiday Clubs and Out-of-School sports coaching sessions, we also often assist our schools with Lunchtime provision sessions and PE lessons as PPA Cover, or as specialists to support the enhancement of PE provisions within them.  Due to this, we have developed excellent relationships with admin, students, and parents in our schools, allowing us to help the kids develop over a term or half term. This gives us the chance to deliver bespoke lessons for each of our classes.

With different ages, competency levels, and enthusiasm for the sport, we aim to tailor our lessons to be inclusive for all of our wonderful students. As a Dance teacher at a few of our schools, with several different age groups, I am often thinking of ways to suit my lessons to the kids. This means using our first lesson of the term to not only introduce ourselves to our students but also to learn about them and gain a sense of ability and group enthusiasm to insure the lessons are always engaging for that particular group. This technique is used by each one of our coaches in their sessions to guide the students to improve and become more passionate about their chosen sport(s).

Whilst kids may have less experience in life than adults, they are not fundamentally any less intelligent and speaking to them as such, often has negative side effects. With children adopting their main social skills and vocabulary from adults, at School of Sport, we endeavor to teach them about the techniques and skills-based theory aspects behind the sport they partake in. For example, it is important that our kids know they must always warm-up and cool down, before and after every session to lessen the risk of injury to muscles and gradually recover their heart rate, especially in Dance and Gymnastics where they are pushed to stretch their muscles that little bit more. This knowledge gives the students a sense of expertise on the sport as they become more confident using the terminology and teaches them to become more comfortable using new vocabulary. Additionally, it helps them practice conversation within their sport with more ease, which is often seen translating positively into other social and educational interaction.

We also like to use team-based or smaller group-based activities to enhance the children’s competency at the sport and promote positive working relationships with their peers in the club, which they are usually particularly excited for. This technique also provides a sense of competitiveness without forcing competition and allows the students to learn patience, communication, compromise, tolerance, and a developed sense of respect for their teammates, especially when working in groups with various ages and abilities. With qualified and experienced coaches to guide them through these lessons, we often see a clear development from the beginning to the end of a term. We are lucky to watch kids who have worked well in teams becoming fantastic and prominent role models for younger or less competent teammates.

As parents, you are always looking to give your child/children the best opportunities in life, and for kids, that pretty much always boils down to having fun! Attending Holiday Clubs, Out of School Clubs and even the school-based PE sessions, with School of Sport, has positively impacted children at all of our schools around Greater Manchester. For us, there is nothing better than seeing our students develop enthusiasm, competency, and a genuine love for sports.