The Primary Kick About is a bespoke programme which provides a series of sessions that combine both theoretical football knowledge with practical footballing skills and tactics. All sessions adhere to the National Curriculum for schools and encompass a wide range of both core and foundation subjects. All sessions have been written and developed by teaching staff that have been graded as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.
All coaches who deliver the practical football coaching sessions have FA coaching qualifications and all sessions are monitored and evaluated on an on-going basis to ensure high quality provision while they are also designed to meet the needs of the children in the group.
Primary Kick About - Community Cohesion Football Day at Manningham Sports Centre attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford.
Most of the physical activities to support children’s learning involve play and these in turn will help promote healthy development of large motor skills such as coordination, balance and movement.
The programme will also help to promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours through teaching children about healthy eating and other skills that promote good health through personal, social and health education.
Following on from the success of the pilot programme in September 2010, at Hill Top CE Primary School, January 2011 saw the programme being rolled out to schools across Bradford.
The schools were part of the Primary Kick About Linking - Schools model which sees schools paired together for a community cohesion day where the children meet at a neutral venue for team building activities and to share their experiences of the programme.
Each group of school children involved are from different backgrounds with mixed abilities - both sporting and academic. They are also mixed gender, thereby improving social inclusion and enhancing community cohesion.
The programme has currently being delivered across 24 schools in Bradford with funding from the National Lottery.
What the teachers say
It matches our PSHE curriculum and contributes to the Healthy Schools work. The balance of classroom working and physical activities is excellent and is a great motivator for the children.
Miss Roth, Headteacher - Lilycroft Primary School
The work gives our pupils a further understanding of the community in which they live in and how they can become a good citizen by celebrating our differences rather than seeing them as a barrier to truly cohesive society.
Mr Hitchen, Head of PE - Sandy Lane Primary School
I have watched them develop several classes and the three qualities that make them outstanding is a tremendous work ethic, an enthusiasm to coach football and unquestionable integrity.
Mr Parkin, Acting Headteacher - Brackenhill Primary School