South Somerset Super Bowl!

On Wednesday 22nd May, Yeovil College played host to the School Games South Somerset Super Bowl! This was created through a partnership between PE staff at Yeovil College, the local School Games Organiser and BAFA. Manager for Schools, Rob Rooksby, upskilled 20 young coaches to enable them to deliver the 3v3 format to local primary schools. Over a 5-week period, the young coaches went into the primary schools and worked toward a finals day. To their absolute credit, these young leaders organised and ran the day, some taking the role of coaches, some the role of officials. Always putting the young players first, there was an occasion where a team were getting beaten in every game and understandably started to become dejected. The young leaders (with no prompting from any of the adult supervisors), stepped-in and changed the format for their game to 4v4 and joined-in with the youngsters, creating fun and enjoyable atmosphere for them, and certainly saving the Year 5 & 6 children ending the day feeling disillusioned with their ability. It is so important, as all the research suggests, to keep sport FUN for the younger participant, so all credit to that group of leaders to put that into practice using their own training and initiative. Congratulations to the West Chinnock Cowboys, who won all their games to clinch the title of Super Bowl Champs. There was some genuine raw talent on display, and it is hoped this will not be a one-off event but one that will be built-on going forward. It was disappointing that only 4 of the 7 primary schools could attend but that is the nature of school sport in the summer term when, for example, there are other sporting events taking place (i.e. athletics). However, each school fielded two teams, so the 2-hour event was pretty actioned-packed! Interestingly, one of the primary school teachers fed-back to the PE staff that they found the 3v3 format easier to deliver than tag-rugby! Congratulations to the student leaders who did such a fantastic job and to Warren Aplin (PE teacher) and Scott Brooks (SGO) for their excellent engagement with BAFA. An awesome afternoon of flag football!