You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Stopwatch or phone
- Tape measure
- Access to the internet
- Something to mark lines (for example, chalk, masking tape, or rope)
- Sports equipment, depending on the sport
Before you begin
- In the run up to this session, discuss with the group what clothes are best to wear for doing sport. Have everyone come to this session in their sportswear.
- Set up bases with enough space to do each individual discipline safely and comfortably. Outdoor space is usually better. Use masking tape, chalk or cones to mark lines and landing places.
- Get all the right equipment ready for each base. Check that the equipment is all in good order.
- Make sure you have enough adult helpers to supervise each base. Ask along some Young Leaders or other volunteers if you need more people.
Run the activity
- The person leading the activity should introduce each base and explain what sport will be happening at each. Explain any disciplines that are new to the group, as well as any safety rules they need to know.
Here’s some examples of bases you could run:
You will need
- Cricket ball
- Sticky notes
- Safety guidance
- Each person will need a copy of the ‘Tracker and feedback’ sheet and a pen or pencil.
- Show everyone how to use their ‘Tracker and feedback’ sheet. Explain that each person will need to get some feedback for how they did every time they attempt a challenge at a base. This is so that they can try to improve on their next attempt.
- Everyone should move around the bases in small groups or pairs. Bases can be completed in any order. Whenever someone attempts a challenge, their distance or time should be recorded on their ‘Tracker and feedback’ sheet, along with their feedback.
- The groups should complete each base, attempting each discipline at least once. When everyone has done this, give everyone a few minutes to think about the feedback they received.
- If they wish, groups can go around to the bases again to use what they’ve gained from the feedback to try and improve their performance.
Challenges like this test a range of different skills. It’s likely that most people found some bases tougher than others. Why’s it important not to give up on a challenge, even if you find it hard at first? How might the feedback and support of everyone else help? It might feel strange to suddenly be giving advice, especially on bases you found difficult too! Why is all feedback and support useful, no matter who it comes from? One reason might be that it motivates you to try again and to keep improving. Remember – ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’
- 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.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.