PE: Sport Education

Stage one: run a Sport Education module in Touch Rugby during PE lessons, leading to a Touch Rugby festival between the students.

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PE: Sport Education

Delivery idea

Stage one: run a Sport Education module in Touch Rugby during PE lessons, leading to a Touch Rugby festival between the students.

Stage two: demonstrate Rugby's core values in other sports.

Stage three: students run a Touch Rugby festival for their peers as part of an inter-house festival and/or run a Tag Rugby festival for local primary pupils.

How to do it

Stage one
Students are grouped into teams. Each week the teams manage themselves through warm-up and practice sessions and then compete against each other. Marks are awarded throughout the sessions for demonstration of the core values. Use an introductory week to introduce Touch Rugby, establish well-matched teams and demonstrate good examples of the core values in action. Follow with a series of five lessons, following the standard Sport Education format with students leading themselves within their teams and each adopting different roles, such as coach, official, team manager.

Stage two
Use the same approach but using other sports. Students need to transfer Rugby's core values to these other sports.

Stage three
Recruit 24 student leaders to deliver the event. Complete the six-week RFU Rugby Leaders course during PE lessons or as part of an extra-curricular club. Either visit local primary schools to coach the pupils and run a festival or bring the primary schools to a central venue competition. Use the Rugby leaders to run secondary Touch Rugby intra-school competitions.

Serious about Rugby extension
To stretch committed Rugby players in your school, organise a 'Get into Rugby' festival. Invite four local non-Rugby-playing schools for an afternoon of rugby. Ask them to bring players from a particular age group. Use players from your own school to train with them.

Cover the basics of Rugby with school staff, Rugby leaders and, where possible, local club staff. Share your school's players amongst the guest schools for a festival; this will give an experienced 'spine' to the teams that are new to the game. Host a follow-up event at a later date, in which schools fill their teams with their own players. Ensure the local club disseminates flyers for free follow-up training sessions.

When/ where to use it

Plan ahead and train the leaders so that local festivals and competitions can be staged at significant moments linked to Rugby World Cup 2015.


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