EduSport is a new primary school initiative that gets children 'Playing for Success'. The program, which has been running successfully for three months, aims “To make learning through sport a fun and exciting way of creating new opportunities for the future”. We can now say that we are well on the way to achieving that goal.
The EduSport program was designed by a Physical Education graduate while also utilizing the experience of coaches from the local area and further afield. EduSport places a strong emphasis on creativity, independent learning, thinking skills and problem solving. EduSport sees coaches deliver two 45 minute coaching activities in participating schools during curriculum time each week.
EduSport was created to help the children in the primary schools meet guidelines set the world over.The International Guidelines for Physical Activity state that EVERY child should take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. 2 hours should be provided during curriculum time tables and a further 3 hours per week should be provided through extra-curricular activities.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) state that “All children and youth should be physically active daily as part of play, games, sports, transportation, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise, in the context of family, school, and community activities”.
During P.E lessons there is a focus on giving the children the widest range of experiences possible through enjoyable activities, therefore ensuring maximum participation. Generally, extra-curricular activities may be less structured, whilst still developing individual skills within a certain sport.
The program moves away from using individual sports such as football (soccer), Cricket, Netball, and Hockey and tries to focus on the movements used in all of these sports to turn them into games. This allows the children to improve their level of motor skills, special awareness and helps them to understand how their bodies work.
The program has been designed in an age appropriate way. This means that the youngest children get a simpler version and different types of games that do not resemble the sport as such. The older the children the more structured the program becomes and the sports are more easily identified in the form of invasion games, strike and field games, net and wall games, and track and field games. Also as the children get older the level of information that is being passed on to them is more advanced. For instance, children in Grade 5 and above are taught the common, and some of the scientific names, for the muscles.
EduSport is not just focused on sport, it also has a focus on cross curricula links. Coaches look for opportunities to link parts of the session with other parts of the curriculum such as maths, science, geography, social studies, etc. They try and do this as much as possible because not every child learns in the same way. There are visual (to see), auditory (to hear), and kinaesthetic (to do) learners. Each child will be more weighted towards one type of learning, and it is therefore important to meet the needs of all children whatever their learning style.
Once the first term had finished the head coaches and managing director of Breds organised a meeting with representatives of the schools in which EduSport is involved. The reason for calling this meeting was to get feedback from the schools on the impact of the program thus far.
The feedback was very positive, they told us that the children loved having the coaches in the school and that they could not wait for the days that EduSport came to teach. Another important point was that the attendance of pupils increased on these days. One of the schools said that the children were becoming more attentive in class since the EduSport program began and also noted that the student relationships (peer to peer) had improved as classmates had become more connected with each other. The schools agreed that there had been a notable increase in self confidence in the children. In fact the only negative point that the schools raised was, “We want you in school more”.
EduSport Coaches are a lot more than 'just coaches' they set their own high standards. Coaches are charged with being good role models to the children who are in the schools and within the surrounding communities.
Many children come from fatherless families and the males in their life often have a negative impact upon their view on life. The EduSport coaches make it clear to the children that they are there for them, that they can confide in them and that they will give advice where possible.
EduSport coaches report that they have seen an unbelievable change in young people's attitudes since they have been in these schools and believe they are making a positive difference to their lives.
Whilst the EduSport program works in schools on general physical activities, it also has an element of specific sporting structure. The EduSport coaches are always on the lookout for sporting talent during their sessions. When the coaches identify talent they would then look to invite the students to join the academy, at The Treasure Beach Sports Park, with which EduSport is affiliated. This allows the children to improve their specific skills in Football, Cricket, Tennis, Basketball and Netball. EduSport will provide a camp, at The Treasure Beach Sports Park for all those involved with the academy. The camp will last 5 weeks and focus on U13, U15 and U17 football. The camp will allow the EduSport coaches to have an intense few weeks of development with the children, teaching them the ins and outs of football from classroom to the field, through physical, nutritional and psychological training.
The academy structure will allow the EduSport coaches to develop the talent on offer and improve the level of sports performance in this part of Jamaica. The academy and 'football for all' is currently running on Saturday mornings, where from 10am till 1pm the children are provided with high quality coaching, food and drinks. EduSport and Breds have a close relationship with the Jonathon Hibbert Foundation that looks for talented footballers in St Elizabeth and links them with scholarship opportunities for Universities in America. The development of football talent though EduSport will give the students a better opportunity to be awarded one of those scholarships.
The Treasure Beach Sports Park is a brand new sports facility in the heart of Treasure Beach. The sports park is on its way to becoming a world class facility for both the community and sports teams from abroad to use. The Treasure Beach Sports Park has 17 Acers at its disposal, when completely finished it will boast 4 Football fields, 3 Cricket strips, 4 Tennis courts, 2 Basketball and Netball courts, a Cricket Practice area, Children's Play area, a Community Centre/Pavilion, and a Bar and Grill.
The Treasure Beach Sports Park will invite teams from around the world to use the facility as a tour venue by creating tournaments through The Breds Foundation as a means of sustainability. The tournaments will involve teams from the academy and the local area, which is why it is important for EduSport to develop talent so as to provide touring teams with competitive games. We already have two tournaments scheduled this summer involving U17, U15 and U13 Football teams.
Continuing the program
Based on the feedback given by the schools this program means too much for us to discontinue it. The schools found that the program not only benefitted the children as their attendance increased, but it also improved their behavior, their attentiveness, and their ability to get along with their peers. The teachers also benefitted because when the EduSport activities were in session it gave the teachers a break, allowing them to mark children's work and to plan for future lessons. One teacher said “having the coaches here brought back my love for teaching, and you can see that it has rubbed off on the children.” This goes far beyond what EduSport was initially expecting.
Also because of the links with possible scholarships in the US it would benefit St Elizabeth and Jamaica for the EduSport program to continue. The more educated the population becomes the closer we can get to 'Vision 2030' becoming a reality. EduSport has already been demonstrated to improve attendance and behaviour in schools, which can only lead to a better education for the children involved. These improvements and increased opportunities for scholarships will give these children a chance of further education where previously it was near impossible. As the children get given these chances for development we know they will have higher aspirations for themselves, which in turn will forge a path to move St Elizabeth and Jamaica forward.
For EduSport funding proposal document please see related files.
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