Three Programmes – One Aim
The one aim is to introduce as many youngsters as is possible to this excitingly different invasion game. To achieve that, there are three inter-linked BAFA initiatives:
- The Touchdown Programme is offered to both non-School Games schools and School Games schools. Whilst it does not discourage the full-contact version of the sport, it does not encourage it either. Any full-contact sport requires specialist equipment and coaching knowledge. If a school has both, the decision to offer that version will be made between Governors, teachers and parents.
- The School Games version attempts to give the broadest and safest offer to the largest number of participants regardless of size, ability or fitness. Hence, there is a kicking element that does not normally figure in non-contact American Football.
- The AQA Level 1/2 Award in Sport gives teachers a way to progress themselves (if they so desire) from non-contact to full-contact American Football over several examination series. Assessment requirements can be fully achieved in non-contact or full-contact or even a mixture of both. The content is easy to deliver and there are free resources and CPD opportunities for teachers on this site.