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If you were a PADSIS member you would be able to view this content. Membership starts at just £49.Click to join PADSISTeaching the Love of Running

Posted: Thursday, 01 February 2018

Most small children love running.  They need little encouragement to do so. Primary, and prep, school playgrounds are full of the constant buzz of physical activity.  PE lessons featuring running and athletic activities are enthusiastically pursued. Fast forward ten years.  The great majority of adolescents are reluctant runners.  House Cross Country events rarely present a school at its best.  Lessons with a substantial running component quickly categorise themselves into the compliant athletes, the reluctant runners and the early walkers.  And yet another ten years further on, many of the same people have returned to running. Park Run, Race for Life, Fun Runs: all these worthy initiatives re-engage the teenage refusers as adults. Mysteriously.  So, what changes at these various stages? First, might be the perception of value.  Running is not an activity that is imaginatively presented to children.  The concept of "cross country" is not a universally attractive one.  When schools...

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If you were a PADSIS member you would be able to view this content. Membership starts at just £49.Click to join PADSISThe Intoxicating Place of Risk Taking in School Sport

Posted: Friday, 13 October 2017

Adventure has always been part of being human.  From the early explorers who discovered that the world wasn’t as flat as it seemed, through to the invention of the Gap year.  Discovery, surprise and uncertainty have always held appeal.  Unpredictability is always potentially exciting or terrifying – and has been since dinosaurs roamed the planet. This human inclination is repressed by a risk assessment culture.  The principle of foreseeing and denying risk is at odds with the fundamental appeal of novelty and discovery.  It might be sensible and functional, but it opposes the human desire for excitement. A risk averse world needs sports, games and adventure activities to fulfil this need.  But there is a fundamental difference between sport which reflects adventure, and that which is itself risk averse.  The teams and players that captured the heart and imagination  throughout history are not those that were efficient and error free.  Though this approach might win competitive success...

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If you were a PADSIS member you would be able to view this content. Membership starts at just £49.Click to join PADSIS“They Have Been Telling us the Answer for Years: ‘Please Sir, Can We Have a Game?’”

Posted: Thursday, 05 October 2017

The industry of sport coaching is a recently evolved one.  Before the 1970s, few teams had anything that could be described as a coach. Other than to transport them to the game. Indeed, many would have been offended by the implication of the concept.  Perhaps more shocking, cones had not been invented.  Any rudimentary team organisation was overseen by the captain. “Game Plans” and “Systems” were in their absolute infancy. Fifty years have seen a huge cultural shift.  No self respecting team would be without a coach, whatever its performance level.  Player dependency is absolute: coach centricity is unquestioned.  At all levels of every game, the expectation of all is that the coach gives the instructions, and the players follow them.  This is not just before the game. It has become the industry norm that the coach maintains a constant commentary of advice and observation (to players and officials) throughout the game.  Research identifies that some coaches shout for 80% of the match...

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If you were a PADSIS member you would be able to view this content. Membership starts at just £49.Click to join PADSISCollaborating to Compete: the Conundrum of Improving Competitive Standards in School Sport

Posted: Friday, 29 September 2017

Schools have competed against each other in sport since rules were agreed in games.  They have also inferred their own status relative to the teams they play against.  The fixture programme is not simply an organisational expedient of local teams; it has always implied something about both schools.  The ancient public schools were reluctant to recognise the schools which were established in the late nineteenth century by granting them matches. Sport is essentially a collaboration between schools to mutual advantage.  No school can have a satisfactory competition programme without help from opponents who are prepared to operate teams in the same sports.  Both sides allocate significant resources,  providing facilities, transport and appropriately prepared and accompanied teams.  The players and parents of both sides benefit from an improved experience.  When schools invest in the arms race of facility development, their opponents also benefit, as access is shared every match day. ...

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