The Hand that rocks the cradle

the students with their 'cradles'Introducing pop Lacrosse and VX Rock it ball

Trainee teachers of physical education were introduced to the concept of ‘cradle’ games during a university-based training session. Pop Lacrosse and VX Rockitball were two examples of cradle games where the object is to manipulate a stick and cradle to receive and send a ball quickly or to shoot at a target. Trainees were able to apply the STEP model (space, task, equipment and people) in order to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogy. Continue reading

Korfball – More than just a game

A plie of korfballsTrainee physical education teachers were introduced to the only mixed-sex team game played widely in the Netherlands and Belgium – Korfball.

The game of Korfball is played between teams made up of four male and four female players. The playing court is divided into two equal zones and two players of each sex are placed in each – it can be played indoors or outdoors. Continue reading

Wheelchair basketball

one of the trainees practising his wheelchair basketball skillsTrainee PE teachers were introduced to wheelchair basketball as part of their course induction.

The programme, run in association with Albion in the Community, covered both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching pupils with additional learning needs.  The aim of the day was to give trainee teachers of physical education a greater understanding of more inclusive approaches to teaching. Continue reading

Welcome to the Imaginarium!

the colourful Imaginarium brandingStudents at the School of Sport and Service Management have access to a few facility – the Imaginarium.

The Imaginarium is a start-up and entrepreneurial unit where students can develop and build their own business ideas. It is linked up to nine study modules, with more to follow, offering the possibility of also gaining credits for getting involved. Continue reading

Restorative Approaches to behaviour management

Graduate Neil Davie returned to be guest speaker at the PGCE and School Direct seminar on behaviour management.  

Neil graduated from Brighton the University of Brighton in 2007 and is now Deputy Head Teacher of College Central, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) based in East Sussex. He was able share his experience of using restorative approaches to behaviour management.   Continue reading

Introduction to Team Handball

Playing handball in the gymPGCE and School Direct Physical Education students experienced the game of Handball and completed the English Handball Federation level one teaching certificate as part of their university-based training.

Team handball is a seven-a-side invasion game that combines the skills of running, jumping, catching, and throwing. Elements of soccer, basketball, lacrosse and water polo all can be seen in team handball and it’s a sport that was seen at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The basic objective of the game is to outmanoeuvre an opponent by passing the ball quickly and then throwing the ball past the defence and goalkeeper to score. Continue reading

Ever heard of Kin-Ball? You have now!

Students in the gym trying to catch the Kin-ballPhysical Education trainee teachers were given an introduction to alternative physical education and the Canadian game of Kin-Ball.

Kin-Ball, is a team sport created in Quebec, Canada in 1986 by Mario Demers, a physical education professor. The distinctive characteristics are the size of the ball which is about 1.5 meters in diameter and luminous pink, and that matches are played among three teams at the same time instead of the traditional one-vs-one.   Continue reading

Developing enterprise and innovation

School of Sport and Service Management students took advantage of the option module Enterprise and Innovation to enhance their business acumen and employability.

The module, offered in the final year on many of the school’s undergraduate programmes, and provides the opportunity to develop a product idea, a business development idea or a social innovation. Student ideas ranged from a first week at Uni kit, a new restaurant concept, an app for identifying which bands are playing where and a new bin design that reduces odours and is easier to clean. Continue reading

Inclusive Sports Festival

The groups learning dancePGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students took part in a whole day of inclusive sport and physical activity with pupils with additional learning needs from schools in East Sussex.

The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion within the secondary school physical education and dance curriculum. The day comprised of activities such as boccia, sit-down volleyball, parachute games, new-age kurling and goalball as well as dance activities. Continue reading