The aim of the academy is to create a multi skill environment and develop fundamental movement skills in a variety of approaches and to help young people develop physical skills from a broad development and movement vocabulary.
The first academy day for this cohort of pupils was on 22nd June 2010 at Sedgehill School. During the day they experienced trampolining, tennis, dance and table tennnis. The second academy day was on 16th November when over 70 of the same pupils spent the day together at St. Matthew Academy where they experienced ballroom dancing, sports hall athletics, trampolining and tae kwondo. The third and last academy day for this cohort of gifted and talented children was on 1st February at Knights Academy where the four activities were fencing, football, trampolining and indoor curling. Again, over 70 pupils attended this day.
The four pupils from each school worked in four different groups on each of the days which encouraged them to meet new people and realise that sport can be a very social tool and a springboard to becoming more confident. Each pupil completed an evaluation form at the end of each day, which were always very positive. Each pupil received a certificate at each academy day.
This programme has just completed its second year and I feel that it has been a great success. We have evidence that several pupils have taken up a new sport because of the academy and have continued to train on a regular basis.
Glen Burt (SSCO) & HASSP Team