After School Sport Initiative: First rugby program completed in Surrey
February 15, 2011
In October 2010, BC Rugby committed to its involvement in the Provincial Government’s After School Sport Initiative, which is funded through the 2010 Sport Legacy. This initiative was implemented to provide after school sport programming for children and youth who face barriers to accessing and participating in sport.
The program was initially launched in the Surrey School District through the Surrey Community School JumpStart Academy. BC Rugby partnered with one community rugby club group to implement a program that would deliver safe non-contact rugby to students ranging from grades 4-7.
The Semiahmoo Old Boys(SOB’s ) in conjunction with the Bayside Sharks put together this activity/learning program and the first program was delivered at Peace Arch Elementary schoolfrom January 14th to February 7th. . The program ran every Monday and Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and averaged 25 students per session.
Bob Tichelman, who provided the leadership for the delivery of the rugby component, explained the process: “Our goals were to teach two key concepts of “knocking on” and “passing backwards” through a variety of activities and drills. The lesson plans mirrored the work that is being done in the Bayside Mini program. We started the program with three drills that were the foundation for every session. This allowed the kids to “learn the drill” as well as the skill. Each successive day the time allotted for these three drills became less while we added new drills. This provided a basis of consistence and uniformity for the kids as well as being able to introduce variety to keep their interest. Each week the time allocated for these drills dropped so by the end only a few minutes are spent on them and more time is spent withactivities that combine all the skills in a group game and where there is ample opportunity for everyone to participate, get lots of touches of the ball, and to do lots of running.”
Tichelman concluded: “Having talked with the parents, YMCA program people, the kids, and fellow coaches I believe that this was a highly successful program. The structure, skills and activity level exceeded everyone’s expectations. We also have already had several of the kids come out and join in our full Bayside Mini Program.”
The Bayside rugby group are now moving on to deliver at Jesse Lee Elementary school in February and March while BC Rugby aims to extend this program by working with community club programs in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
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