What a year it’s been. From second and third lockdowns, to schools banned from running after-school sports clubs, it’s been an interesting one! Despite a tumultuous year, we have still managed to bring in new programmes, new events and engage with thousands of children. Now that we are nearing the end of this academic year, we thought we would take this opportunity to reflect on a few of our particular successes from our year here at Pro Sport Coaching Ltd and look ahead to the next academic year.
Support During Covid
We continued to support our partner schools throughout the pandemic, not only working in schools delivering to the children of key workers, but also through our popular free online content. We produced a variety of online sessions, focusing on dance, ball skills, yoga and more, and they proved hugely popular, with over 3000 views! They are all still available on our YouTube channel, along with all the other videos coming up in this blog.
Shaping Your Active School Conference:
One of our biggest successes this year was going ahead with our Shaping Your Active School Conference, albeit in a more virtual manner. We welcomed colleagues from schools across the country, using the opportunity to highlight some of the biggest talking points in education right now. Behaviour management in PE, the Early Years, wellbeing for staff and children and the importance of physical activity were just some of the topics covered. Plus, the CEO for the Association for Physical Education, Sue Wilkinson joined us as our keynote speaker to discuss life post-covid.
Road 2 Tokyo
With the delay of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, our amazing Road 2 Tokyo events were also placed on hold for an additional year. This meant we were ready and raring to go when it came to the summer! Our coaches delivered a number of workshops to schools all across the North West. The aim of the workshops was to introduce children to various sporting activities themed around the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The workshops were incredibly well received and we are already putting on our thinking caps about enrichment day opportunities for next year, so watch this space!
We created a brand new active PSHE programme, Applying Values, aimed at Upper Key Stage Two. Applying Values works alongside your PSHE and PE curriculum to help children understand the importance of understanding values such as: respect, resilience and teamwork through class-based interactive activities and physically active games. Our first school worked through the new initiative with their Year 5s in Summer 1, and were so impressed, they returned for more in Summer 2 with their Year 6 class!
“I love bringing Annie to Diddy Dribblers. She has an amazing time, loves playing with the other children and it’s really good for her skills and communication – and she loves to score a goal!”
You may not be aware that we also deliver sessions specifically designed for the Early Years, but it is a part of our offering that we really pride ourselves on. Although our nursery sessions have been on hold for most of this year, we have had huge success with our Saturday morning Diddy Dribblers sessions for children aged 18 months to 5 years. During these sessions, children learn the fundamental agility, balance and coordination skills that are vital for confident movement.
Wellbeing for pupils and staff has always been a majorly important part of school life, but the pandemic showed us just how vital it is for good mental health. We had a huge uptake in our Yoga CPD workshops, showing school staff how to deliver Yoga, mindfulness and meditation to their pupils. We delivered these sessions either remotely or socially distanced in person, with schools saying they felt the benefits from both!
If any of the above sound like they would work well for your school, please call 01254 366316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org