Apr 3, 2014
The School Sports Premium money which we were awarded this year has allowed us to develop links with the Newcastle Eagles and participate in their ‘Hoops for Health’ programme. The key to the programme is in the utilisation of Eagles players to push forward a primary message of physical activity and eating healthily to stay alive.
Basketball is promoted as an easy way to keep fit and enjoy yourself. The initial work of the players then feeds into the work of the club’s basketball development scheme – giving children extended opportunities to play basketball.
The following details the project aims and delivery mechanism:
To provide a healthy living programme with professional sporting role models, using basketball as an activity to convey a range of positive health messages to young people in primary schools, including the importance of keeping physically active and eating healthy.
• To encourage young people to look at how their lifestyle choices affect their health in both the long and short term.
• To promote and discuss the following healthy living issues:-
- Smoking Cessation
- The importance of keeping fit and its link to a healthy heart
- Introduction to basketball as a healthy sporting activity
• To promote sport, and in particular basketball, as a diversionary activity.
• To encourage young people to become physically active.
• Stage 1 Roadshows
• Stage 2 Coaching in schools
• Stage 3 Regional tournaments
• Stage 4 Tournament Finals
Programme Stage 1 – Roadshows
The Hoops for Health roadshow afternoon incorporates four themed sessions delivered by Eagles players. The afternoon of fun educational activity focuses on healthy eating, no smoking, fitness and learning to play basketball.
The aim of the station is to discuss the different food groups based around a balanced diet, highlighting the correct number of portions to consume daily. The stations finish with a game with the children placing food items in to the correct groups using a giant food map.
- Smoking Cessation
The aim of the station is to deliver information to the children with facts on the number of people and children smoking in the United Kingdom and the percentage that would like to stop. The players then lead a group discussion on reasons not to smoke.
The aim of the station is to talk about the heart and what it’s function within the body is. The player then discusses with the children the importance of exercise and the children are encourage to suggest ways this can be done. The sessions ends with a fun fitness session.
An introduction to the game of basketball. The children are introduced to the chest pass, bounce pass, shooting technique and dribbling. An enjoyable and fun station with the emphasis on participating.
Programme Stage 2 – Coaching
Each school receives 4 hours of basketball coaching delivered by Eagles Community Foundation basketball coaches
Programme Stage 3 – Regional Tournaments
Schools enter a tournament held at a local facility, tournaments on average host 300 participants in a a one day competition.
Programme Stage 4 – Tournamental Finals
Tournament semi – finals and finals are held at Eagles home venue, Northumbria University Sport Central, during pre game and half-time of an Eagles home game.