Building a sport in schools

BAFA’s School Games strategy continues to show its potential! On Friday 1st March at Yeovil College, 20 very enthusiastic Post-16ers studying for their Level 3 Sport Coach qualification were upskilled by BAFA’s Manager for Schools, to deliver the award-winning School Games Challenge Card Activities and the Primary Competition format. Scott Brooks School Games Organiser (SGO) for South Somerset, first contacted BAFA at last year’s Youth Sport Trust (YST) conference at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry. Work has been done over several months toward Friday’s session which now means the 20 young coaches can go out to local primary schools and deliver a range of BAFA’s School Games activities and the competition format. A summer finals day is planned to take place on May 22nd at the college. Furthermore, links have been made with the SGO network in Bridgewater and also links with local BAFA clubs (Jurassic Coast Raptors, Somerset Wyverns, Swindon Storm) to support the efforts of the SGOs and the Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership. It is also a chance for the clubs to promote themselves as exit routes and hopefully, build a cohesive structure in the Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire area that will help give the sport some long-term stability. Further sessions will take place at Bratton Primary School in Wiltshire and also at Charmouth Primary School in Dorset.
If you or your school would like to know more about BAFA’s award-winning School Games Challenge Card Activities and Competition formats for either primary or secondary schools, please email schools@britishamericanfootball.org.