Hilltop Infants =L
Hilltop Infants and I were in contact over the possibility of delivering numerous sessions at their school. Following a positive meeting we decided that the Premier League Primary Stars Programme would be of most benefit to the school. Hilltop Infants are in a deprived area and don’t have much support regarding PE so being able to send our Southend United coaches in to deliver was a great way to engage with numerous pupils and offer support around their active learning.
L’s journey started through PE sessions with his class. We previously spoke to the class teacher regarding the class and asked if there was any information about the pupils we needed to know before the sessions began. Our coaches were told that L had Autism and wasn’t too keen on engaging in any kind of physical activity. We were keen to get Luke involved throughout the 12 weeks Primary Stars delivery along with all his class mates. We decided to deliver football sessions but focusing more on the enjoyment and team work of the pupils. We set achievable goals for all pupils to encourage a sense of achievement come the end of the session.
L’s teacher said – “L really enjoyed his first PE session. Seeing him engage in PE is something that’s not happened for a while. He is a big Southend Fan and I think therefore he has taken to the coaches. They were excellent when setting different targets to each child”.
We continued to work at their school across the 12-Weeks. The sessions continued to be successful and we saw a great attendance for all sessions. Dan Chapman, Headteacher said “Southend United Staff have increased attendance in our PE sessions. I’ve been out to see some of the activities and its brilliant the way they engage pupils throughout their sessions.’
Speaking with our Southend United coaches they mentioned how well L has progressed, not only through his ability but his attitude and confidence towards physical activity. During the first session L was taking part in sporadically however, he was not engaging throughout the whole session. As weeks went by he was getting more and more involved in the sessions and it was clear to see his enjoyment levels were growing throughout. By the end he was engaged through the whole hour session, working with other pupils and his ability has improved.
One of the Southend United Community Coaches said “L has been good when delivering sessions, seeing him from the first week to now has been fantastic. Going from taking part in 20 minutes of the session in and out to taking part in the whole hour just goes to show the effect the sessions are having on him. His confidence and ability has come on leaps and bounds. It is also great to see his ability is growing. He is now talking about attending our After-School Club to improve more on his ability. Seeing developments like this makes the whole delivery worthwhile.
We have now promoted our other pathways to the school giving them the opportunity to get involved in many different activities. This will again improve upon children’s confidence and ability to work together. The more sport they get involved in the better they will be socially but also health wise.
Finally, following our successful 12-week delivery Hilltop Infants have now become paying customers and our Southend Community Coaches are now delivering PE sessions all day Thursday and Wednesday afternoon (weekly) leading up until the end of the school year. We have built a brilliant relationship with this school and we hope this will continue to inspire many pupils like L to not let any obstacles get in the way of them achieving great things and continuing to engage and enjoy sport to the best of their ability.
L said “The class with Southend United is very good. I am enjoying my PE and the past weeks have been great. I look up to the coaches and find I am behaving better because I am doing more in the sessions. I like the football sessions and am learning more each time”.
Unfortunately L’s parents didn’t want us to take a photo of him during the session so we are without this.