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A question of sport

Test your memory skills in this sport naming game. Could you become a sports enthusiast?
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Name sports

  1. Everyone should sit in a circle.
  2. The first person should say the name of a sport.
  1.  The next person should repeat the sport the first person said, then name their own.
  2. Everyone should take it in turns to name all of the sports the people before them have said (in the right order) and name their own sport to add to the list.
  3. If anyone struggles to remember a sport in the list (or to think of another one to add) everyone should mime the sport to help them think.

Talk about sports

  1. Once everyone has had a turn, the group will have a long list of different sports.
  2. Everyone should talk about the sports in small groups. Are there any they think are interesting? Which were the most unusual sports? Where there any they hadn’t heard of before?
  3. The person leading the activity should explain that you can be a sports enthusiast without playing or taking part in the sport – being an enthusiast about a sport usually means knowing about it (for example, knowing the rules, some of the big teams or personalities, the equipment players need, and some major events), and following it for a period of time.

Reflection

This activity helped you think about trying new things. Do you follow any sports as an enthusiast? Why might people choose to follow sports as well as (or instead of) taking part themselves (for example, it might not be possible to do some sports because they’re too expensive or need specific weather conditions)? Did you talk about any sports you hadn't heard of before? Do you follow any sports already? Would you like to follow a new sport?

This activity also helped you think about being courageous. Did some people need to be brave to talk in front of everyone? Do the people who do the sports you named need to be courageous? Do you have any worries or fears about being a sports enthusiast? What are they? How could you overcome them?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.