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How to Integrate Sport into Curricular Activities

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8. Work with sports clubs to provide additional time of physical activity
Partnerships should be created between schools and sport sector organisations to ensure quality and availability of safe infrastructures and equipment for physical education, extra-curricular or after-school activities, and communities. These partnerships should ensure the efficient management of infrastructures and prevent duplicate or underused facilities.
Many young people take part in school sport, but there are fewer who take part in activities outside of school.
And after they leave compulsory education most young people do not take part in any form ofregular sport of physical activity at all. Establishing School–Club links gives young people the opportunity to continue participating in worthwhile sporting and physical activity throughout their lives.
It allows youngsters to make the most of their experiences in both settings, to try out new sports, feel comfortable in a club setting and as a result makes them more likely to continue participating once they leave school.
Creating partnerships between schools and clubs helps to create continuity between school sports and sport in the wider community. The hope is that they will now become increasingly more common. Creating Club– School links can create the following benefits:

• More young people in the club
• Increased participation in the club
• Raised base level participation in club
• Opportunity to identify talent of the future
• Potential access to school facilities and equipment
• Raised profile within the sport
• Raised profile within the community
• Financial opportunities
• Opening up club access to wider community
• Increase the potential to recruit new volunteers
• Co-operation, support and resources from other partners
• Pool of young leaders, coaches and officials of the future

• More active, and ultimately healthier, pupils
• Raised profile within the community
• Increased funding opportunities
• Community Links – social benefits
• Pathways for sport – easy exit routes for children into ongoing involvement
• Increased standard in school teams due to increased coaching received by pupils
• Recognition as an institution that supports development beyond the school environment (Value Added)
• Support and assistance with extracurricular teams/activities

• Improved opportunities to access sport in their local community
• Opportunity for their talent to be identified and nurtured
• Wider range of sporting opportunities
• Move confidently between school and club Opportunity to develop coaching and leadership skills
• Understand how their experiences in school and at the club complement each other
• Recognise how PE prepares them for their involvement in clubs at junior age and beyond
• Introduction to healthy living
• Feel comfortable with a range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages
• Choose club programmes that are suited to them
Learning Objective
The learning objective of this step is to give the knowledge and skills to school directors on how to work with sport clubs in the process of integrating sport in the school curricula.
Online Resources
  • Developing & Sustaining Club-School LinksThe document explores the benefits of such relationship both for schools and clubs.
  • Developing School Club LinksStep by step guidelines how to develop links between schools and outside sport organizations.
  • Learning through PE and SportA link to a document, which is a strategy how to build partnerships between schools and sport clubs, entitled: Learning through PE and sport: A guide to the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links Strategy. The strategy is downloadable from a link on the left sidebar.
  • Schools and Club AthleticsGuide to the support and resources available for delivering athletics to children and young people in schools and clubs

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