Scotlands Traditional Games Coaches – the Project 2014.
To teach senior Primary School children traditional games and equip them with the skills of the games and of coaching younger children in their school. This is a sustainable project. Potentially the benefit will be go on from year to year as children throughout the school learn the games. It will become an ongoing process which can continue into the future without further input from trainers e.g. Games Old and New.
The iconic traditional game of running with the gird and cleek (hoop), colouring, spinning and whipping the peerie, peever beds and skipping will be the core games for this project.
Who will benefit.
The children undertaking the coaching will benefit by acquiring new skills and knowledge. This will improve their confidence and raise their self esteem.
The younger children being coached will benefit from learning the games from their older peers.
There is likely to be bonding between the two groups of children which will be another positive outcome. This should benefit the school community.
There will also be another ongoing benefit as the traditional toys (equipment) will be available in the school for playtimes, gym, and classroom work including history. Social studies – Victorian times, World War 1 and World War two.
The young people who complete the two hour course will have the opportunity to Volunteer to become Coaches. They will be awarded a certificate indicating that they have completed the course and volunteered to become coaches for the younger children in the school.
Who will deliver the Workshop.
Annie Sutherland, Games Old and New is available to run the workshops aimed at teaching the games and training the coaches. The traditional games equipment can be purchased from Games Old and New.
The workshop will be delivered in the school playground and/or in the gym.
Support from the School Community.
It is important that staff in the school support the project from the outset to allow the best use of Volunteers and equipment. Access to the equipment at play times is an example of support needed to allow the project to flourish. Incorporating traditional games in the schools sports day is another.
The structure of the project.
Children in Primaries six and seven would complete a two hour traditional games workshop which would include coaching skills.
For two or three weeks the volunteer coaches should practice playing the games at break times to build practical skills. They would also grow in confidence making them ready for the workshop they will be coaching.
Children from e.g. Primary five or four would take part in a two hour Traditional Games Workshop in which the Volunteer Coaches from Primaries six and seven would provide the coaching under guidance and supervision from me.
On completion of these two workshops the Volunteer Coaches would be awarded their certificates of achievement. Presentation of the certificates, venue and timing etc. will be determined by the school.
The School will be able to establish traditional games as a sustainable activity for play, sport, fitness and cultural outcomes. A substantial number of children will gain skills and knowledge of traditional games.
Through traditional games the school community will be able to strengthen valuable and meaningful connections with the wider community including older people.
I am seeking a school partner for a Pilot Project. I would be happy to meet and explore these proposals with a view to seeking an input from Head Teachers.
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Training the Traditional Games Volunteer Coaches.
Playing and Coaching the Games.
The methodology will follow a procedure well known in training circles.
Tell, Show, Do.
Tell. Tell the children how to play the game. Take time to explain.
Show. Show them how to play the game. Give a simple demonstration of how to play the game.
Do. Encourage the children to play the game. Support your trainees and help them to learn how to play the game.
A note for the Volunteer Coaches.
Be patient. You have learned. Now take time and patience to help your children play and practice the games. Once they have mastered the games give them time to practice and praise them for their achievement. Be positive.