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Description

Aim: To develop your skills and gain a recognised qualification in a sport. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Project R-2

Resources

Taster 1
• Paper
• Pens
• Match tickets

Taster 2
• Sports clothing
• Sports equipment
• Towel & toiletries

Taster 3
• Sports clothing
• Sports equipment
• Towel & toiletries

Christian Faith 1 & 2
Bible

Instructions

Taster 1 - Sport Appreciation

Aim: To focus in on a sport of your choice

Instructions:
Select a sport of interest and choose one of the following tasks to complete:

• Research the development of the sport through the years, producing a visual record.
• Attend a match/competition or alternatively watch a match/competition on 1V. Before the start note down some key points to look out for during the game. These could include: umpire’s/referee’s decisions, skills of players, a prayer’s contribution to the match/competition, etc. After the game analyse the key moments.
• Look into the career of a professional sportsperson. Look at their life history, status, factors contributing to personal success, and their contribution to the development and image of the sport. A variety of different methods could be used to present the work to the group.

Preparation:
It may be useful to get together some useful publications, e.g. Match annual, Wisden etc

Tips / Advice:
• • If you want to go a “bit retro” you could create your own Top Trump cards.

Taster 2 - Racquet Sport

Aim: To play a racquet sport

Instructions:
Go to your local leisure centre (facilities are invariably better than a church hall!) and play a racquet sport, e.g. badminton, squash, tennis etc. You could choose one you don’t play very often.

Think about:
• Where is your nearest leisure centre?
• Can you book a court or do you need to be a member?
• Do you know the rules?
• Has anyone played it before

Preparation:
- Make sure you are familiar with the rules of the sport you are playing

Tips / Advice:
• If someone is familiar with the sport ask them to give everyone else a few pointers.

Taster 3 - Team Sport

Aim: To play a team sport

Instructions:
Go to your local leisure centre or sporting facility (facilities are invariably better than a church hall!) and play a team sport, e.g. 5 a side football, basketball etc. You could choose one you don’t play very often.

Think about:
• Where is your nearest leisure centre?
• Can you book the facilities or do you need to be a member?
• Do you know the rules?
• Has anyone played it before

Preparation:
- Make sure you are familiar with the rules of the sport you are playing.

Tips / Advice:
• If someone is familiar with the sport ask them to give everyone else a few pointers.

Christian Faith 1 - Rules For Life

Aim: To realise that faith in Jesus is based on a relationship, not a set of rules.

Instructions:
Although as part of a sporting body’s qualification you will have studied some of the rules of the sport, the main aspects will have been on performance and reaching standards.

Think about:
• How do you view the Christian Faith?
• If you were asked to state a rule of the Christian Faith, what would you say?
• By simply following that rule will it bring us any closer to God?
• Think of someone that you love. Is that love based on rules or do we naturally do the things that we know will please them?

Read Matthew 22:34-37.

Think about:
• Can you simply follow a rule to love someone?
• If you made a rule up that person X had to love Y would it really work?
• Love is based on a relationship. How can we know that God loves us?

Tips / Advice:
• * Re ready to talk from your own experiences, as some of the questions may be very challenging.

Christian Faith 2 - Giving It Everything

Aim: To understand what it means to give everything to follow God.

Instructions:
At the time of writing the big news story in the world of athletics was whether Dwain Chambers would be allowed to compete at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Dwain Chambers was a junior 100m world champion, widely regarded as a huge natural talent, but who took a cocktail of drugs as a short cut to success in the loom. However at the same time Dean Macey a decathlete retired from athletics after a career that involved him finishing fourth in two Olympic games, a silver medal at the world championship at the age 21, and a gold at the commonwealth games. Dean Macey had always been plagued by injuries, and in the last years of his career he received minimal funding and made huge sacrifices to compete in his chosen sport.

Discuss
Think about:
• What are the blue ribbon” athletic events?
• How do these two stories compare to each other?
• What motivated each of these athletes?

Dean Macey said that he never competed for money, and that he would not swap winning Olympic glory in the 100m or 400m, instead of being a decathlete. He was so focussed and in love with the sport that
he would prefer to compete in rainy Hexham in the decathlon rather than win the 100m at the Olympic games, that’s just how dedicated he was.

Read Philippians 3:7-14 and 1 Corinthians 9:25-27.

Think about:
How can you train yourself to follow Jesus?
What are you dedicated to?

Reflect
• How much are you committed to following Jesus?
• How well are you training yourself?
• Do you ever feel like you are tinning aimlessly?

Pray
Pray that you will be a dedicated athlete for God.

Tips / Advice:
a Always use a translation of the Bible that will be accessible to the group e.g. Youth Bible, The Message, The New Living Translation etc

Project - Gaining A National Governing Body Award

Aim: To gain a National Governing Body Award.

Project Description:
Attaining an award from the Governing Body of a particular sport is a great way to develop skills in the sport as a player and a coach. National Governing Body Awards are sometimes separated into awards for players and awards for coaches, but many focus on the coaching of the sport. Sports Leaders UK has a range of Sports Leaders Awards for individuals to develop general skills in sports’ leadership.

To take part in one of the courses there will be a cost and it will be necessary to seek one local to you. Depending on the number of participants it may be possible for the National Governing Body to run a course specifically for a group in your locality. The costs and time required to complete such courses should be considered a valuable investment on developing the skills of individuals and their contribution back to the group after taking part in the course.

Sports Leaders Awards (www.sportsleaders.org):

Sports Leaders Awards are nationally recognised awards focussed on developing a person’s skills in organising activities, planning, communicating and motivating. They’re suitable for anyone over the age of 14, and are fun and practical, with no qualifications required to start the course. Completing a Sports Leaders Award is not about focussing on a particular sport, but the course content is applicable across a wide range of sports.

There are a number of different levels that can be gained:

• Level 1 Award In Sports Leadership — For 14+ years this course is designed to help develop skills in planning and organising activities and communicating with and motivating people. Course length on average will be 30 hours including 1 hour demonstrating leadership skills.

• Level 1 Award in Community Sports Leadership — For 16+ years this course is designed to help individuals to lead safe sporting activities in the community. Course length on average will be 30 hours plus 10 hours demonstration of leadership skills.

• Level 2 Award in Basic Expedition Leadership — For 17+ years (but have to be at least 18 years upon completion of the course) this course is designed to help individuals learn skills needed for organising safe expeditions and camps in lowland areas. Course length on average will be 90 hours plus 30 hours demonstration of leadership skills.

• Level 3 Award in Higher Sports Leadership — The highest award is for 17+ years (but have to be at least 18 years upon completion of the course) this course is designed to build on the skills learnt in Level 1 Award in Community Sports Leadership’. Course length on average will be 90 hours plus 30 hours demonstration of leadership skills.

National Governing Body Awards (www.sportscoachuk.org):
National Governing Bodies of Sports run specialised courses focussed on the development of their particular sport. Many of these National Governing Bodies courses are endorsed by the UK Coaching Certificate which has been set up by the government to create and maintain standards for sporting qualifications across all sports. By creating a recognised standard for coach education the UKCC will make it easier to identify a quality coach in any sport at any level and hopefully improve the standard of coaching and coaches. National Governing Bodies which have awards include:

Basketball (w.englandbasketball.com / www.basketball-scotland.com / www.basketballwales.com / www.basketballireland.ie)

Player Proficiency Awards — England Basketball has developed a series of individual player proficiency awards, which can be completed. The awards are designed to test a player’s basketball skills and understanding. Awards are available as follows to under 16 year olds: One Star, Two Star, Three Star, Four Star; and for 16+ year olds: Gold Award. There are currently no recognised awards from Basketball Scotland.

Coaching Award Scheme — The ‘Leaders Award’ (1 day) is a basic level qualification covering instructing the basic skills of the game, officiating and club administration. There are further levels of the award to progress on to including Level 1 Coach Award (2 days), Level 2 Coach Award (3 days +), and Level 3 Coach Award. Basketball Scotland, Basketball Wales and England Basketball are all working together on a coach education programme that meets the needs of all coaches across the UK and will be of high standard so as to achieve the UKCC endorsement.

• Lawn Tennis (www.lta.org.uk / www.tennisireland.ie)
The Lawn Tennis Association is the National Governing Body for Lawn Tennis. The ‘Level 1’ (mm 16 years, 3 day course) Coaching Assistant course is the first step to becoming a coach, the ‘Level 2’ (mm 17 years, 5 day course) Community Coach course is for those that want to organise competition or coach groups on their own.

• Table Tennis (www.englishtabletennis.org.uk / www.tabletennisscotland.com)
The English Table Tennis Association is the National Governing Body for Table Tennis. ETTA run a ‘Table Tennis Leadership Award’ (6 hours or 1 day course) aimed at 15 to 18 year olds, which is ideal for providing a lead into Table Tennis coaching, organising competitions, umpiring and the development of the Sport. ERA also has an ‘Introduction to Coaching Award’ and ‘Sport Leader’ award as basic coaching qualifications (both of which are direct entry). Table Tennis Scotland run courses to equip coaches with the UKCC levels 1 & 2.

• Rifle Shooting (wi.nsra.co.uk)
The National Small-Bore Rifle Association is the National Governing Body for Rifle Shooting. NSRA runs a ‘Youth Proficiency Scheme Tutor’s Diploma’ (112 days) which is a basic award for instructing rifle shooting.

• Rugby (League www.thenl.co.uk / Union www.rfu.com)
The Rugby Football League is the National Governing Body for Rugby League and The Rugby Football Union is the National Governing Body for Rugby Union. Both RFL and RFU run a Level 1 Coaching course for participants (mm age 16 years old, 2 day course).

• Rounders (www.nra-rounders.co.uk)
The National Rounders Association is the Governing Body for Rounders. The NRA runs a ‘Young Leaders Award’ (mm 14 years), Level 1 (mm age 14 years, 1 day course) and Level 2 (mm 16 years)
coaching courses.

• Golf (.englishgolfunion.org / t.scottishgolfunion.org)
The English Golf Union is the Governing Body for Golf. The EGU has created an award programme to meet the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award requirements.

• Canoeing (www.bcu.org.uk)
The British Canoe Union is the Governing Body for Canoeing. The BCU has qualifications based on stars for ‘Personal Performance & Safety from 1 Star Award (beginner) to 5 Star Award (advanced). The BCU also has a coaching qualification for the teaching of canoeist from Levels 1 to 5 (min 16 years, 1 day course + practical).

• Football (www.thefa.com)
The Football Association is the National Governing Body for Football. The FA runs a coaching course FA Level 1 Club Coach (mm 16 years) which is the UKs most popular course and over 17000 people go on the course each year. The PA also runs Level 2 (mm 16 years) courses for the more experienced and those that have completed Level 1. Further anybody over 14 years of age, male or female. may train to become a football referee, and there are basic refereeing courses around the country. See also ‘.scottishfa.co.uk, vA.ihshfa.com, sw.faw.org.uk.

• Archery (www.gnas.org)
The Grand National Archery Society is the Governing Body for Archery. The GNAS basic qualification is the leader Course’ (mm 17 years, 4 day course) that covers safety, techniques, equipment and teaching.

• Badminton (www.badmmntonengland.co.uk I wvwbadmintonscotland.org.uk / www.welshbadminton.net)
Badminton Scotland, Welsh Badminton and Badminton England are the National Governing Bodies for Badminton. They all runs coaching courses as per the UKCC standard with a level 1 (mm 16 years) that is for those that are new to coaching, but have knowledge of the game, and level 2 (min 18 years, Level 1 required) which is about further development as a coach.

• Athletics (www.ukathletics.net)
UK Athletics is the National Governing Body for Athletics. UK Athletics run coaching courses at Level 1 (1 day) and Level 2 (2 days), which are basic qualifications, Level 3/4 is for those running regular Athletics coaching.

• Swimming (www.britishswimming.org)
Amateur Swimming Association is the National Governing Body for Swimming. The ASA has various awards to reward individual achievement; the awards to gain would depend on the ability of an individual. The ASA also runs coaching courses for swimming (as well as diving, aquatics and synchronised swimming), the basic coaching qualification is the Level 1 Certificate for Coaching Swimming’ (min 16 years, 4± day course).

The above provides some examples of qualifications that could be gained in particular sports, the list is not exhaustive and will be subject to change by the National Governing Body. Full details of all the qualifications can be found on the website of the National Governing Body.

To gain an award, seek a local branch/club and enquire about courses being run in the local area, although some National Governing Bodies also run courses nationally.

Tips / Advice: It may be more fun if there is a group of you working towards the same award.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Always follow the guidance given by the national governing bodies,
• Alternatively, look at gaining an officiating award in a sport, or an instruction award in an adventure activity.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Project R2

If you use a sport and have the syllabus please feel free to attach it to this page. Please use the sport/qualification as the file name to help others

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