Three schools in the Macarthur area were recently involved with the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge that took shape at Kirkham Park on Friday 10th of November
Camden High School, Ambarvale High School and Thomas Reddall High School all participated in what was a great day of football fun for all the students as well as the teachers.
This year was the first time that teachers stepped up and got the opportunity to organise the day for their students.
A great positive of this change was the chance to ask students what sports they would like to learn about on the day.
The students surprised everyone with the variety of sports they showed interest in.
It also then gave teachers an excellent opportunity to network and form partnerships with local Sport Development Officers.
The sports that were involved in the Leading with Action Workshop for 2018 were: Football NSW, Tennis NSW, Softball NSW, Lacrosse NSW, Netball NSW, NSW Touch Football, Rugby League South West Sydney and Jack Newton Golf Foundation.
Camden High School teacher and PSC organiser Jessica Gatt was delighted with the day’s proceedings.
“All the Sport Development Officers ran and coordinated three engaging workshops.
“Our students learned new sport specific skills, initiative games, leadership and coaching skills and had the opportunity to be mentored and guided by some of the best Sport Development Officers around.
“This opportunity has allowed our students to be equipped with the skills that will enhance their school studies, future employment opportunities and be able to successfully implement the second phase of this program “Learning to Lead”. The second phase of the program is where the high school students take what they learned from this workshop and then provide sport coaching workshops for local Primary School students.
“The day ran very smoothly and all of our students loved the day. They all raved about the program on the bus ride home, sharing their exciting experiences and expressing their gratitude for the Sport Development Officers to have shared their knowledge and expertise with them.
“It has been my absolute pleasure to organise and support an excellent program that fosters lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles. None of this would have been possible without the support from the NSW Premiers Sporting Challenge – School Sport Unit, the Sport Development Officers and the organising High School Teachers.”
Football NSW Coach Education Manager Oscar Gonzalez backed up Gatt’s comments and reiterated this challenge continues to strengthen football at all our schools from across NSW.
“Football NSW has again supported the Department of Education to conduct Grassroots courses in 10 locations across the state.
“The project now involved the students conducting sessions for primary school aged children in their catchment area.
“This means more children exposed to coaching and football which is a great outcome”