In September 2014, I was asked by Kat Hodge, from SportInspired to help recruit schools for a day of sports at the E.I.S., which would involve up to 350 children experiencing different sports that were on offer at the EIS, plus learning more about healthy lifestyles and meeting Sky Sports Ambassadors.
Schools were really keen to sign up and the process of getting information to schools was extremely smooth, with Kat doing exactly what was needed in terms of informing schools and passing on documents, such as risk assessments and letters to parents.
The actual day itself was a well organised and fun occasion for everyone. All schools were impressed with the way the day ran and the quality experience that the children had.
Wendy McClaren, teacher from Emmaus Primary School praised the day, stating, “Staff at my school were particularly impressed with the sky volunteers. One of our teams included an autistic boy and the member of staff with him commented on how well someone called Ben dealt with him, really encouraging him to get involved.”
As a follow up to the event, the Links School Sports Partnership was asked by SportInspired to organise some extra coaching for the schools. The sports chosen were based on the findings of a questionnaire that the children filled in on the day of the event. The two sports most popular sports were basketball and taekwondo. As a result, all the children who attended received two hours of coaching in their chosen sport.
The process of matching up coaches to schools and working around the complex timetables of schools was a lengthy one, but worthwhile!
As a result of the coaching, two of the four school who chose basketball have entered competitions and have started an after school club and all four schools who chose taekwondo are all going to ask the coach to work with the rest of the school. This may lead to after school clubs.
In conclusion, the whole process of signing up schools to the EIS event and organising follow up coaching has been a definite success and one that myself and all schools involved wold like to occur again. I do also know of other schools who would be delighted to be invited next year, if numbers allowed.
SportInspired has become a key partner in the delivery of a lasting legacy of sports with the Links School Sports Partnership and its member schools. They clearly understand the needs of schools and their young people when organising and delivering sporting activity, which is of the highest quality. We welcome any future involvement with the company and its employees in helping to inspire a generation.
Links School Sports Partnership, Sheffield.
Watch our video interview with Craig here: Praise from Links SSP