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Fan-tastic interview

Reporters and sports spokespeople assemble, it’s time for a press conference.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Pretend microphones (such as cardboard tubes or cups)

Before you begin

  • At least one person will need to be near the end of their three months of following a sport.
  • If there are enthusiasts from more than one sport you could run the activity more than once, split into smaller groups, or divide the questions up so the sports are all discussed (and even compared) by a panel.
  • Set up the room to look like a press conference – put chairs in rows, and table at the front with chairs behind it. Set up pretend microphones on the table; you could use cardboard tubes, cups, or even balls on the end of pencils.

Prepare to be interviewed

  1. The interviewees should gather everything they know about their sport, including the main rules, information about famous teams and/or personalities, the equipment people need, major events for the sport, and how they follow the sport.
  2. The interviewees should think about the kinds of questions they think the reporters will ask, and think about how they might answer.

The interview

  1. The interviewees (sports enthusiasts) should sit behind the table that’s covered in microphones. They should act as a spokesperson for their sport.
  2. The reporters should sit on the rows of chairs.
  3. The reporters should take it in turns to ask questions about the enthusiasts’ sport(s). The person leading the activity might give them some example questions, such as ‘who do you think is the most important player right now?’ or ‘how do you win the sport?’, but they should also think of their own questions (and think of more questions as they listen to the enthusiasts’ answers).
  4. Once the reporters have asked all of their questions, they should give the enthusiasts a big round of applause. Speaking to a room full of reporters is a brave thing to do!

Reflection

This activity needed everyone to communicate. How did the reporters make sure their questions were easy to understand? How did the interviewees remember all of the facts? How did the interviewees explain things? When else might people need to remember lots of information?

This activity also gave you a chance to be confident. Was it a challenge to ask questions in front of everyone, or present information? If it was, you should be really proud of yourself for giving it a go – talking in front of people can feel scary. Are you a good communicator? Are you improving your communication skills? What did you do well in this activity?

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.