Tigers Foundation Back in Action!

Posted: Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 3:00 PM

Since the return of many schools in early September, Castleford Tigers Foundation staff have been active in local schools helping to keep children fit, active, and engaged! The Foundation coaches are multi-sport qualified and can offer lesson plans suited to your schools’ long-term development.  Community Development Officer Michaela reflects on how the children in her sessions have hit the ground running after a 6-month absence:

“I have been back in Aberford Primary doing all their PE provisions every afternoon. Class 1 and 2 have been working really hard on their ball skills. They have been working on object control, co-ordination, throwing, catching and aiming. The new reception class are amazing and are settling in really well.

Class 3 and 4 have been working on the game of rounders as they missed out on the summer term due to lockdown. We have some great players and I can see huge improvements in the field and batting! Some even managing to hit the ball into the farmer’s field!!!

Next term it is invasion games, focusing on the specifics of netball, football, basketball and hockey.

The children have adapted so well to the new procedures put in place to keep them safe, social distancing where needed, hand sanitizing and keeping in their bubbles. They even enjoy helping me sanitize the equipment once we have used it!”

Jo Warner, Deputy Head at Aberford Primary was excited about the sessions resuming:

"The opportunity to have Michaela come in to school and deliver PE sessions to all of our children is invaluable. She has a wonderful relationship with all year groups, adapting her teaching for each age. Each lesson consists of teaching the pupils many new skills, vocabulary and techniques, as well as embedding listening and communication skills.

These sessions keep the children motivated and encourage them to take pride in their achievements. This is so important – particularly at the present time - in the world in which we live. Keeping active and participating in weekly physical education sessions is paramount, not only to improve a child’s overall health and fitness but also in improving mental health and cognitive development.

In addition, for some children, their PE session is the only exercise they get in the week and it undoubtedly boosts confidence and develops at sense of individual achievement but also team work."

Castleford Tigers Foundation are available to book for your school PE sessions, afterschool clubs and much more! To do so, please contact Head of Operations Mat Lancaster, via matlancaster@castigers.com.

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