PUPILS at a Dearne school have a headstart to careers in sport as the result of new approaches to physical education.
Dearne ALC teacher Ben Horbury and world number one inline skater Jenna Downing are champions of modern PE methods.
They claim more choice of sports is making kids fitter, more confident, and is opening up more career choices.
As part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, Dearne pupils tried out such sports as boxing, volleyball, basketball and some disabled sports and are now using their leadership skills to deliver lessons to younger pupils at schools in their area.
This is a great example of how PE has progressed, said Ben
. As a survey of the North East reveals 49 per cent of parents feel their kids are experiencing better PE than they ever did, Ben feels sure that in this area results would be much higher.
He said: “Pupils have choices in PE today and over time, build leadership skills. By going out to primary schools to pass on what they have learned, they gain physical, social and psychological benefits.”
Kick boxing, golf and boccia can all be part of today’s curriculum. And PE teachers are o use music and apps to liven up PE lessons.
Jenna has spent time with Dearne ALC pupils, and agrees the modern approach to PE is helping to engage more students in sport.
She said: “School sport has come a long way. Alternative sports such as inline skating can teach just as valuable lessons about competition, fairness and attainment.
“I firmly believe that by helping each discover a sport where they can enjoy developing new skills, we can engender lifelong positive attitudes towards sport.”
“Jenna is from Barnsley, is very down-to-earth and gets on really well with the kids,” said Ben.
“We have also had visits from mentors such as swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who again was very well received.”
Sky Sports Living for Sport, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people in secondary schools. Since 2003, 45,000 young people have benefited.