You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
- Scrap paper, plain and coloured
- Flipchart or whiteboard, with pen
- Football-related items, including a ball, kits, boots and anything else
Before you begin
- Two weeks before running this activity, ask around the group and find out who’d like to run a football-related activity as part of a session. See how much or how little each football enthusiast would be willing to do. It may be that there are a limited number of willing enthusiasts, so individuals might need to run more than one activity.
- The chosen enthusiasts should think up, prepare and run between three and six activities at the same time in the session. They may use activities from those provided in these instructions. It’s their responsibility to make sure all activities are accessible, safe and suitable for the rest of the group, and that resources are prepared for each activity. They also need to make sure they cater for football lovers and those who aren’t so interested in the game. Fill in the activities on the ‘Open plan’ sheet.
- One week before running this activity, the enthusiasts running activities should complete their plans and hand these to the person leading the activity. The person leading the activity should check the plans and ask questions about how they’ll manage risks and how they’ll keep everyone engaged.
Run the activity
- Several or all of the enthusiasts who’ve prepared activity bases for this session should introduce the activities to the rest of the group. They should also talk about why they’re football enthusiasts, what excites them about the ‘beautiful game’ and discuss their favourite football-related memory or experience.
- Depending on how many people are running bases, you may be able to have the rest of the group move between activity bases throughout the session. Alternatively, the person leading the activity or other volunteers could step in to run the bases with no enthusiasts. If there are more activities than there are people running bases, run activities one after the other, or two at a time. Set up for all of, or the first, activity/ies.
- Run the activities.
Here is a sample session plan that you could use:
You will need
- Rules, regulations and expectations cards
- Everyday recycled goods and old drinkware
- Famous faces quiz sheet
- Football fact or fiction cards
- Coloured items or colour-cards
For some, this activity might’ve been right up their street, though they may still have stepped out of their comfort zone! Footy fans needed to think carefully about the activities they chose, prepared and ran, so that everyone could play their part, whatever their level of football knowledge. Were group-led activities a success, and would you like to see more group-led sessions in future?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.