This week saw our volunteer team coaching Netball and Cricket with all age groups at the Vanuaso District School during the daily sports coaching sessions. Whilst introducing some core skills to the students, the week also proved an opportunity for a few of the team to learn the game also. As volunteer Sam writes:
“After coaching football in the week1, week 2 was a little more challenging for me! Football comes as second nature, Netball… well apart from the rules and a bit of basketball in my teens, I was as novice as some of the children!
Day 1 and 2 were spent with the older groups, where some children certainly had a grasp for the game! We started with a fun tag like game to get the children on their toes and working together. We then worked on their passing and pivoting skills, before breaking into a full game, in which the children taught us a bit of a lesson in speed, running rings around us volunteers!
On day 3 and 4 we had the younger group. We started with ‘banana tag’ to get things moving and have some fun. We tried to focus more on the children’s basic skills, rather than throwing them into the complexities of netball. We worked on passing and a team game focusing on communication and co-ordination. This culminated in a fun assault course, with lots of jumping, hopping and bouncing, before taking a shot!”
As always sports coaching was filled with excitement and enthusiasm amongst the kids, and a natural talent for all games introduced!