As a novice teacher of PE and coach of youth sport I wanted to add value to the children I interacted with on a daily basis. I intently observed the more experienced teachers around me. I worked hard at imitating them and their behaviours. Over time I got better and better until I thought I… Read More The Gift
Enjoyment is a funny thing. It’s a personal thing. What makes something enjoyable for one person, might not be the reason it is enjoyable for another. I remember as a teenager sitting in the back of a school minibus having this exact conversation with my teammates after competing in a orienteering event. The four of… Read More The ‘enjoyment’ time out
Whilst coaching my school football team today a reserve from the opposition side caught my eye. He was a tall lad, who clearly hadn’t grown accustomed to his new height. A bundle of raw energy, he was running the line for his team. As he sidestepped up and down the pitch, trying to keep inline… Read More The Reserve
To love and teach movement because it is human and beautiful, full of its own meanings and its own absurdity, has been denied to us. We have had to struggle up-hill, like Sisyphus, to make movement something that it cannot be. Thus movement seems sometimes to fail us, not because of what it is, but because of what we have asked it to… Read More Searching for a deeper meaning in movement
On Tuesday evening, just over 300 of the school community, gathered to reflect on and celebrate a year of school sport. An informally formal occasion, this was a chance to recognise and reward those pupils who have consistently demonstrated a sense of sportsmanship, reliability, a co-operative attitude towards staff and a record of loyalty and service to school sport. It is… Read More What sport tells us about life.
In Complexity Thinking in PE, Richard Tinning and Anthony Rossi write ‘In the face of messy, unruly, boisterous classes of school children and the expectation to deliver predictable, explicit, educational outcomes, teachers of physical education are likely to reduce complexity and have their pedagogy shaped by more practical contingencies rather than by complexity thinking.‘ They… Read More Poles Apart
At the heart of a games based approach to teaching is the challenge to the centrality of learning isolated and decontextualised techniques that will ‘allow’ the child to play. Instead of starting with the practice of the prerequisite techniques, the starting point is the game and play itself. It is through play that the learning needs… Read More Shaping the Game
The Way of a Coach is forged by their continual choices, actions and the type of relationships they try to build. We create this Way with every interaction we have with the children we coach. Our Way creates the environment for young people in sport. The environment to learn, to play and to find joy. However… Read More The Weekend Coach
Today’s game turned sour due to a handshake. Or to be more exact, the lack of a handshake. My team had been beaten well in all areas of the game and the opposition had deservedly won. At the final whistle both sides went to each other to shake hands and offer words of celebration or commiseration.… Read More The Handshake
Recently my line manager came to observe me coaching as part of my performance management review as Director of Sport. The session he decided to choose to watch was an U12 cricket training session after school. The focus of the session was around the principles of play for the fielding side, specifically working on developing the motor skills of… Read More Movement Performance or Movement Learning?