Acting on a request from the Rewa District Primary School’s committee, our youth and sports officers headed into the interior of mainland Viti Levu on an outreach mission. One teacher from each school in the region was represented at Burebasaga District Primary Schol. The aim of the workshops being to provide coach education to school sports representatives, introducing structured sports session into the extra curricular activities of the Fijian school day.
To see a game of Volleyball, Rugby or Netball at the end of a school day in Fiji is a near on certainty, yet with such a passion for sports it is remarkable that Physical Education is largely absent from the national curriculum. Thus, the opportunity to provide new knowledge & resources to a group of educators was hugely welcomed by our staff.
The workshop began in the classroom, breaking down the key components of a child centred sports coaching session. The importance of working through a process of 1) planning, 2) conducting and 3) evaluating was introduced. Followed by the discussion of the elements of each component:
1) Planning = what is your objective? = what skills do you wish to teach? = what are your coaching points? = Create a lesson plan!
2) Conducting = Out on the field!
3) Evaluating = Child’s reflection = Answer questions to show an understanding of what they have learnt.
Following the discussion of how to structure and create a progressive sports session, the group was given a step by step presentation of a completed lesson plan that they would be the participants of, giving a clearer insight with examples of time frames, cross curricular opportunities and differing pedagogues.
With theory still fresh in the teachers’ mind, it was straight onto the field for them to be the participants in a ball familiarisation session within Rugby, delivered by our youth and sports development officers. With the focus being on delivery each aspect of the session was followed a period of question and answer.
A break to cool down and enjoy refreshments prepared the group for the second half of the workshop, during which the teachers would present a knowledge and understanding of what they had learnt.
In the same format as previously taught, it was back into the classroom where the teachers broke into groups; the task being to devise one element of a lesson objective that was up on the board, which they would then deliver out on the field. The objective was to introduce the ’side step’ within a Rugby session. Group one was given the warm up and created relevant pulse raisers and a fun game; group two was given the skill element and created a walking drill which progressed into a sprint and; group three implemented a modified game of rugby/netball to achieve their aim practicing the learned skill in a game situation. Again, following each element there was a period of feedback and question and answer.
The day concluded with an inspiring speech from the head teacher of Rewa District Primary, who highlighted that the education delivered shall indefinitely filter its way across the teachers and pupils of the whole province of Rewa. Holding youth and sports development at the core of our aims, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to deliver the programme and shall certainly be delivering similar events in the future in rural and remote settings under the continued guidance of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth & Sports and National Sports Commission.