Year 4 have been taking part in an exciting Basketball Project, aimed at increasing access to and raising participation and achievement in culture, sports, leisure and play activities across London.
The children developed ball-handling techniques during a 10-week coaching session run by the London Thunder Basketball Club, which helped to boost their confidence and allowed them to see the true benefits of working cooperatively as part of a team.
The day started off with a series of warm-ups and ‘skills and drills’ development, where the children were given opportunities to practise their navigation skills around several Basketball courts within mixed gender teams. Following a quick lunch, the tournament began. St. Augustine’s played against several schools including Elfrida, St. Stephen’s, Holy Trinity and Grinling Gibbons Primary Schools.
It was lovely to see the genuine enthusiasm of the children as they played extremely well, winning 2-0 against Holy Trinity. 2 children also received a special award for being nominated ‘best player’ and ‘most improved player’ within the category of being a ‘good sportsperson’ regardless of whether their team were winning or losing; as it is important that children understand that having the right attitude, is just as important as the skills required within a competitive sport, since Basketball is also about friendship, fun, respect and fair play. We hope the children will continue to build on what they have learned and achieved in the years to come.
Well done Year 4!