Coaching Footballers with a Disability

On the 20th February twenty one Year 12 Btec Sport students from Ysgol John Bright took part in a Disability Coaching Course. The aim of the course was to give the students insight into how to coach young people with disabilities. The course was the first of its kind to be run by the FAW in North Wales. Students spent the morning looking at the theory behind running events and on how to plan their lessons to suit individual needs. The afternoon was delivered in a practical session where the students themselves had to deliver their planned lesson.  They were all very keen and all took part in various scenarios including wearing blindfolds and playing Blind Football. The students will now use the information gained from the course to organise and run the North Wales Welsh Schools Disability Tournament 2014. This is a tournament that sees schools from across North Wales compete in a football tournament. Students will varying levels of disability will compete for prizes on the day. Ysgol John Bright will be hosting the tournament on the 8th April.

Review from Holly Knowles 12N

“This was the first course I have done with school and I didn’t really know what to expect. The morning was all theory which was really interesting and I learnt things that I didn’t know, we were shown which words were acceptable and those that were unacceptable. I left knowing a lot more than I did when I walked in. Taking part in the Blind Football gave us an idea into how difficult it is for Blind people to play and learning different teaching techniques to use when coaching deaf people. Overall I think that the course was very useful and valuable as it allowed us to see how difficult it can be for children with disabilities to participate in sport and how as a  sports leader you can make a difference.”

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