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120 schools and over 700 students for the 27th of April 2016 final.

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Title of the event:
Retho Trophee 2016
Date of the event:
27th April 2016
Place of the event:
Neufchateau - Belgium
Aims of the event:
  • Awareness on the importance of sport at school
  • An ethical approach to sport
  • All types of sports at school
Specific aims of the event:
  • To inform/encourage/motivate about the importance of sport practice at school and after studies
  • To emphasise the diversity of sport activities
  • To foster an ethical approach to sport (cooperation, fair play, respect of rules, respect of one’s body, healthy nutrition…)
Description of the event:
Over 200 secondary schools an about 2,000 students for regional qualifying rounds. 120 schools and over 700 students for the 27th of April 2016 final.

The five project partner schools participated in the final:
  • Institut Saint-Joseph WELKENRAEDT
  • Institut de la Providence WAVRE
  • Instituts techniques Saint-Luc MONS
  • Centre Scolaire Saint-François-Xavier VERVIERS
  • Collège Notre-Dame de Bon Secours BINCHE
The participants were last secondary year students (18-19 years old):
  • The most athletic ones participated in the competition trials.
  • The least athletic ones participated in the tourneys and supported their schoolmates in the competition.
  • All participated in the sport trials for all
Three types of sport activity were proposed:
  • Competition: sport and adventure trials divided in three routes (blue, red, green)
  • Tourneys: hockey, volley-ball, bossaball
  • Sport for all (students and adults), focussed on the diversity of sport activities. The participants could be initiated to different sports and discover new sports (such as bossaball or le pull ball).
Rhéto Trophée is organised by ADEPS (Administration de l’Education physique et des Sports de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles) in cooperation with sport federations, the army, PE colleges, local authorities, medical assistance.... This event is sponsored by an elite athlete.
It is addressed to all the schools in French-speaking Belgium. It is considered as a must go by schools.
Is based on student cooperation. The teams that take part in the competition start and finish together. Students thus have to develop solidarity and team spirit, as well as respect the rules of fair play described at length in the NOFP project.
The trials are monitored by future teachers, students from PE colleges.
RT is organised in two times, because participation is large:
  • 200 schools participate in regional qualifying rounds. PE teachers prepare the trials in their lessons and during outings. Some students also practice outside school time, in order to perfect their preparation and team.
  • The 120 schools that qualify participate in the finale.
The event is largely supported by public authorities and the Minister of sports attended the final. This event is particularly addressed to PE teachers. They have an area to meet and discuss together and with counsellors.

During RT, the teacher/student relationship changes. Teachers become their students’ coaches. A “father and son” relationship is created. 3it is a bit like family”, someone claimed. This different relationship related to the extracurricular context is well liked by all

The competition is important, but for all the teachers and students we met, it is the taking part that counted most. Enjoying oneself, having fun and making this day an unforgettable one that makes them want to continue sport after school.

Since RT has a limited number of participants, many secondary schools organise a similar event for all their last year students.

Within schools, such event is organised within the framework of PE classes. All students participate whatever their level. The focus is on pleasure and fun in practicing a sport activity, as well as emulation (through group dynamics), mutual help and respect of differences as all have to finish the trials. Some schools add a social dimension to the event (see Best practices on NOFP).

Some examples :
  • “l’IPW Trophée” (described in the best practices), organised by Institut de la Providence in WAVRE, project associated school
  • “Collège Trophy” (presented in the video), organised by Collège Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in BINCHE, project associated school
These projects initiated and coordinated by PE teachers are encouraged and supported by headteachers. They thus become genuine school projects.
Their aim is twofold: to promote sport among young people, and to continue a sport activity after school (as described in the NOFP project).
These events are usually addressed to fifth and sixth year students (17-19 years-old).
They are organised in cooperation with local authorities, local sport federations… and can gather several schools.

RT organisers wished to support NOFP making that stand available. INFOREF’s team made the NOFP project know to all participating schools.
We met many teacher, students and counsellors. We discussed with them about the NOFP project and the values it advocates.
We also collected many statements that we present in the event video.
We also collected many student signatures indicating their agreement with the project and teachers’ and counsellors comments, through their reply to the questionnaire proposed by the project and the presentation of the project Toolkits.
During the event, we distributed about a hundred T-shirts with the NOFP logo printed on it to students and teachers.

The event particularly references Toolkits for PE teachers and school directors.
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