FC Groningen expands School Tour with sustainable program and facilitates manuals

During the FC Groningen School Tour, professional and motivated FC coaches provide inspiring sports lessons in primary schools. In a fun and accessible way, children are introduced to FC Groningen’s exercises and games, and above all they are stimulated to train more and better. In addition, the club wants to leave a sustainable program with which schools can get children more and better started based on FC Groningen’s inspiring value. The Club facilitates downloadable manuals at the bottom of this article.

The sports lesson is an important part of the school trip. Yannick Post, lecturer at the Department of Sports Studies and research and innovation consultant at FC Groningen, tells more about it. “During the School Trip, FC coaches visit primary schools to give a gymnastics class in the FC Groningen way in a place provided by the school. Not only do they bring their own materials, but they also provide a fun and motivating atmosphere with the help of decoration and music. ”

After the introductory speech of the coach (s) present, various exercises and games are performed for one hour. At the end of the lesson, the children receive an official certificate of participation, signed by technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus. A ball and books with fun games are also left behind. Post: “During this lesson, children can get to know FC Groningen and experience different forms of exercise under the guidance of professional coaches. We also want to inspire. A professional gymnastics lesson from a real coach in an FC Groningen kit, but also an official certificate and the booklets play an important role in this. ”

lack of movement
The focus during the School Hours is not only on football. Yannick Post explains why. “Football does not include all mobility, while it is essential that children master as many forms of movement as possible. Children’s broad motor skills have deteriorated enormously in recent years, especially in northern Holland. In fact, there is a lack of movement. Every eight children are currently overweight, and only eighteen percent meet the exercise guideline. Under the political pillar More and Better Movement, FC Groningen wants to fight this big problem. “

In addition, it is good to introduce children to as many forms of exercise as possible so that they can discover which ones match their motivation. After all, not all kids like football or are good at it.

It is therefore very important to inspire all children and use them in various forms of exercise. “School tour is a program for everyone, including children who do not like football. For real football fans, we have other programs, such as FC Groningen On Tour and the Football School. In addition, the chance that a child will play sports later is very small if his or her broad motor skills are not well developed. ”

FC Groningen therefore uses the Athletic Skills Model, where ten basic forms of training are discussed. So it’s not just about kicking, shooting and aiming, but also about balancing, falling, jumping, throwing and catching. ”

training program
A single visit is not enough to combat lack of exercise in northern Holland. And as much as FC Groningen would like, the club can not always be present at all primary schools. It is therefore important to leave something behind. “If we want to combat the lack of exercise, we must look for a way to get children to exercise structurally and systematically. That is why FC offers a motor training program, ”says Post.

Within this program, groups 3 to 8 will work for six weeks with various fun themes, tailored to the children’s physical development phase. In the gym, for example, students can walk, walk and run like Arjen Robben or jump and land like Strand Larsen. When you are back in the classroom, health is paramount. Breakfast, fruits and vegetables, exercise, drinking water, sleep and happiness are all indispensable puzzle pieces for a healthy lifestyle.

Teachers can use three manuals specially designed by FC Groningen to shape the lessons. The Yannick Post emphasizes that the club primarily wants to inform and inspire. “The group teacher is indispensable. He or she is close to the children and must ultimately transfer the ideas. So we do not point with the proverbial finger, but try to inspire from our strength as a top sports organization and support based on the books and themes. ”

The inspiring gymnastics class mentioned earlier can be given once, but is also part of the training program. This can then serve as a stimulating start or a throbbing conclusion. In addition, the children not only receive a certificate as in a regular gymnastics class, but also a real goodie bag with merchandise, a coloring page and the opportunity to get a free competition ticket. FC Groningen hopes that as many children as possible in the north of the Netherlands will have the opportunity to participate each year from group 3, so that big steps can be taken.

According to the Yannick Post, it does not stop at the School Trip. The program, including the manuals, is developed together with external parties. People are busy with much more in the background. In the meantime, the possibilities for a so-called Skills Box are also being investigated. “Skills Box contains all kinds of materials that help children train more and varied. The included movement cards ensure that students know what they can do with the materials. The goal is for all children in the schoolyard throughout the break to move as differently as possible If successful, three-quarters of the weekly training standard will have already been achieved. ”

In addition to the School Trip program and the Skills Box, there is another ambitious plan for the future: the Skills app. “With the Skills app, we want to encourage children to exercise more and better at home or outside of school based on gamification and a focus on self-regulation. This can be done, for example, by creating ‘movement challenges’, with which points and prizes can be earned. ”

“Through the School Trip, we get children to exercise for six weeks, and Skills Box encourages them to do this every school day. But an app can also be used after school, on weekends or during holidays. All these components together can ultimately mean a big step towards solving mobility poverty. And that is very important. “

To download
The manuals developed by FC Groningen for the Scholentour program can be downloaded free of charge via this link.

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