Active Tameside set up a Sky High Centre Club at a local sports centre to try to engage and promote climbing as a new sport to 21 year 9 girls that were starting to become disengaged in physical activity and school sport.
One particular individual is a high ability student and is very talented in PE and sport, however she was becoming disengaged and frustrated as she no longer enjoyed them. This attitude and behaviour was having a negative effect on her attitude to learning in PE lessons and other subjects. As a result, she had built up a number of negative points on the schools behaviour system.
The school thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce the new sport to students away from the school site, somewhere they could potentially sustain their activity beyond the session and into the club. Active Tameside had recently opened a new Sky High centre at the local sports centre which was ideal.
They wanted to engage a group of carefully selected students who were demonstrating poor attitudes to learning in PE. They wanted to give them the opportunity to experience a different sport off the school site. This way they could participate in their own time outside of school, sustaining their activity and inspiring healthier lifestyle choices. They also wanted to be able to transport the students to the venue.
Through the funding given by GreaterSport they were able to arrange minibus transport for the students to travel to the Clip ‘n’ Climb centre. The students were able to take part in a 16 week course where they developed their self-confidence, communication skills, resilience and a positive attitude to physical activity.
The young person who did not enjoy PE and sport in years 7- 9, has improved confidence in her ability and got involved in other health works projects. She now participates fully in PE lessons and demonstrates her excellent leadership skills in most lessons. She has become part of the KS4 basketball team and regularly attends a boxing club outside of school. She is also starting to arrange competitive fights through her club.
There has been a noticeable improvement in her attitude to learning at school. Her number of positive points for her attitude and behaviour around school now outweigh the number of negative points she receives.
“I used to make excuses not to participate in PE and not bring my kit. However I now enjoy it as I have improved my strength and confidence so I now take part all the time.”
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