26 June 2013
I have already had a busy couple of weeks since being back! I was able to help out in the Varsity match at the Mayday Trust Park last Saturday. The University of Bath men’s side took on Exeter to claim the title of ‘best in the south west’, although the score line didn’t go their way, results from the women’s football, netball, lacrosse and rugby meant Bath took the all-round victory. Before the match the St. Michaels girls and a few Bath City under 11s created a guard of honour for the boys to walk through, they were also able to go on at half time for a penalty shootout! All the girls had a really good day and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have a new timetable at Hayesfield which has allowed me to experience a number of different lessons, such as circuits, trampolining and cheerleading. It has been valuable to overlook these classes and observe the different teaching styles. The GCSE PE groups are being moderated by external examiners at the moment so I have also been in to work with the football group, helping them to prepare for their moderation.
I have been working with Charlie Griffin at the Ralph Allen football club and during the lunchtimes at Threeways School. This has also been a valuable experience and all the kids seem to be really enjoying it! Working with Charlie has also been really good and we have been able to provide some fun sessions. We are both going into Widcombe Primary school this week to provide a question and answer session with the pupils, from this we are hoping to go in there on a regular basis to run football sessions.
Before Easter I looked into organising a trip for the girls at Hayesfield and Ralph Allen, after making a few calls and sending out a number of emails I have been able to do this. I have arranged for a group of footballers to go and watch Bristol Academy Women’s football team play. This will be taking place on Thursday the 2nd of May against Birmingham, which looks to be a fantastic match!
For those of you who don’t know, Bristol Academy play in the Women’s Super League, it is run by the Football Association and began in April 2011. An initial eight teams compete in the league, which replaced the FA Women’s Premier League as the highest level of women’s football in England. As yet there is no system of promotion and relegation with the Premier League, who continue to play a winter season. WSL Seasons run from April until October, with teams playing 14 matches each, totalling 56 matches. The WSL champions and runners-up qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League the following season. The current champions are Arsenal, who won the title in the 2012 season. To find out more visit WSLA
Easters been and the summer term is on its way, although the sun still seems to be missing! I went into Hayesfield yesterday for the day and the sports have now changed to summer games. This includes rounders, athletics and tennis! During the next few weeks I will have the chance to experience assisting all sports; this looks to be a good opportunity and offers variation. Ralph Allen had their first football session of the term yesterday afternoon and we were lucky enough to play on the new astro. All the girls were happy to be back and are looking forward to watching Bristol Academy play and the summer tournaments.
5th of May 2012
Last week I was able to organise a trip to watch the Bristol Academy Women’s vs. Birmingham super league fixture at the Stoke Gifford stadium. I invited the Hayesfield, Ralph Allen and St. Michaels football girls along to watch the game, it proved to be a very successful evening and all the girls seemed to enjoy themselves! I’m hoping to upload a few photos to the website later today.
The summer term kicked off to a great start. Two of our teams competed in the Hayesfield School football tournament for years 7&8 a couple of weeks ago. Myself, Charlie and Mark went along to help out with the coaching and refereeing. Ralph Allen came 3rd, Hayesfield finished 2nd and Norton Hill achieved overall winners. There is another tournament taking place this Wednesday at Keynsham Town FC, Charlie and I are going along to present the medals and referee the matches. We also have another tournament to look forward to at Writhlington School in early June.
I have continued to deliver girls football sessions at St. Michaels and Oldfield Primary and am hoping to organise an end of season rematch between the two schools! I have also been coaching Bath City under 11s and 12s on a Tuesday evening and been refereeing their matches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons!
25th June 2013
It has now nearly come to the end of my placement year with the foundation. These past few weeks have been busy but good! We have had a number of tournaments in which Ralph Allen participated in. They finished 3rd in a tourno hosted by Broadlands and 3rd at Writhlington. I organised a match for the girls last Monday against Broadlands. It was fantastic to see how much they had improved, all the girls put 100% effort into the game and none of them wanted to go on the bench! They have all grown in great confidence and their control, passing and positioning has improved dramatically. It will be the last session on Monday – we hope to finish the season with some fun games and certificates. I am already looking to going back next year and continuing the football club with Charlie as they are a fantastic bunch and great to work with.
I also organised a re-match for the girls at Oldfield and St. Michaels. Earlier in the year St. Michaels won the game 4.2. This time they took a big 5.1 win. Despite the score line both teams played very well, their positioning, like Ralph Allen, had greatly improved and the girls took full control of their own positions. I have really enjoyed working with both teams this year and hope to continue the after school clubs next year as I feel they can further develop and expand their skills.
I went to Hayesfield last Monday to help at their sports day. It was based at the University on the outdoor track. The facilities made it more enjoyable for the girls as they were able to cheer on their peers from the sidelines and see all the events from where they were sitting. In the morning I helped time the track events, I even got roped in to run the 800m with the year 10 girls for support! In the afternoon I helped at the long jump, coaching the girls how to make a successful run up and generally supporting and cheering them on. I have really enjoyed my time at Hayesfield and feel I have really benefited from the experience, not only have I grown in confidence but feel I have developed my teaching skills and gained more of a understanding on how the schooling system works.