Here you can find a summary of updates from National Governing Bodies of Sport and Partners for February 2021 as found in the February School Games newsletter.
To celebrate Super Bowl 55 we have created 4 fitness challenges for your students to take part in. During a time which young people are unable to take part in most sports we felt it was important to offer a virtual activity to keep young people active during this time.
We have been working closely with the next generation of athletes at the NFL Academy to produce a series of fitness challenges that can be completed from home with little to no equipment required. The challenges will be hosted on our website via the link below and updated weekly.
You can check back on the following dates to see new videos as they are released.
- Monday 1 February
- Monday 8 February
- Monday 22 February
- Monday 1 March
NFL Flag is a non-contact version of American Football which is played in schools across the UK. As part of our NFL Flag programme, alongside the sport itself we also have a key focus on character development focusing on the NFL core values of Respect, Integrity, Resilience and Responsibility to team. This is also something we have incorporated into our challenge videos to help young people consider these key themes in their day to day life during these challenging times.
Click HERE to find out more about NFL Flag and how you can bring the sport to your school.
For secondary schools interested to find out more about the NFL Academy as an option for further education you can also visit the Academy website: https://www.nflacademy.com/
NEW Education Membership - FREE
British Dodgeball offers free membership to all schools, colleges and universities. All you need to do to become a member of British Dodgeball is complete the form and submit your application as an education establishment for membership of British Dodgeball. Membership is a requirement for all Universities, Colleges and Schools competing in our leagues and open competitions. Becoming a member of British Dodgeball provides us with the opportunity to better understand your needs for dodgeball and how we can support you. Membership is active for 365 days from registration. Contacts will be kept up to date with all things dodgeball, via our mailing list!
I have attached our Primary School Intra-bubble Competition Guide and our School Games Festival and Rules Infographics, which are also now available on our website. This has been designed to provide teachers with simple guidance that enables them to run intra-bubble dodgeball competitions for the whole class/key worker bubble. We hope it helps teachers to offer pupils the experience of a dodgeball competition, whilst there may be an absence of inter-school competitions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
British Dodgeball Online Introductory Course for Teachers
This course is specifically aimed at those working in school environments. It gives an introduction to the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball. It will also help you consider how to lead safe sessions and coach the basic skills of dodgeball. Finally, this course contains school-specific pages which will help you to adapt dodgeball for PE lessons, planning and teaching effectively. More Info & Sign Up
British Dodgeball Free Online Quiz
Are you a dodgeball expert? Take our basic rules quiz to find out how much you know about dodgeball! Should you wish to learn more about dodgeball first-hand, you can book an introductory course or young leaders workshop on our coaching courses page. You may also be interested in our Introduction to Dodgeball online course. More Info & Sign Up
Our website also includes plenty of free resources including:
- The Dodge 5 Series (Dodge 5, Dodge 5 remixed, Dodge 5 @ Home, Dodge 5 Game On and Dodgefit)
- Education packs (Maths, Englishand Foundation subjects)
British Dodgeball School Challenge - Primary and Secondary
The Catch me Quick! challenge is open to all children under the age of 12 and the closing date to enter is the 28th February 2021.
From a distance of no closer than 4m a player has 30 seconds to catch as many balls as they can. All attempts should be recorded and submitted to [email protected] or sent to us via our Facebook page. Players can submit as many entries as they like and try and beat their score throughout the month. Balls can be of any variety such as a dodgeball, football, tennis ball or even a rolled up pair of socks. Players are not permitted to use any clothing to support them to catch. After each catch the ball must be placed on the floor before making the next catch. The player with the highest score at the end of February is the winner.
The highest ranking player in the table below at the end of February will be the winner. Every player that gets in the top 10 will receive a surprise free gift and the winning player will receive 5 cloth dodgeballs representing each of the 5 national dodgeball teams of Great Britain, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Panathlon Challenge UK
Panathlon's in-school SEN virtual programme – launched in response to Covid-19 restrictions preventing our usual School Games external competitions taking place – has proven massively popular due to its three strands of virtual provision
Each strand has ready-to-use packs of activity rules PDFs, in-school scoring templates and instructional videos to help schools hit the ground running and allow adaptations for all varying classificational SEN groups. The strands are:
- Virtual activity for at school sessions
- At school / At Home - concurrent, Parallel PE learning for children at school and at home, allowing classes, teachers/support staff to include children wherever they may be
- At Home ( Indoor and Garden Games) allowing individual challenges in the home setting.
Please contact: [email protected] for further information
The Ashley School in Lowestoft, Suffolk, for example, have adapted their PE and sport curriculum and their leadership programme around these virtual activities. You can see more here.