Thursday 14th May saw 30 children from 6 schools take part in the first ATSA VX Festival. Children from St. George's Central, Sacred Heart, Hindsford, St. Michael's, Holy Family and St. Richard's, initially met two weeks ago for a VX taster session at Atherton Community School. It was at this first session that the children learned how to play the game from CEO of VX England, Ian Crosby.
VX can be played by both males and females from age 4 upwards. VX is inclusive to people with a disability. The rules and concept are very easy to pick up and is designed to be a safe and accessible game for all participants. The sport is played in a number of versions, team games, pairs and singles, providing a variety in both playing style, tactics, endurance and exertion.
Every player has a VstiX (a lacrosse style stick with a 'basket' on both ends) that players use to collect, throw and catch balls as well as defending themselves from inbound shots. Points are scored by striking members of the opposing team with a ball. There are always multiple balls in play
Upon being struck, players signal to the referee that they have been hit. A point is awarded for the other team and the player told to play on. They are straight back into the action. If a player fails to declare that they have been hit, a 3 point penalty is awarded to the other team, to enforce the spirit of the game, honesty and sportsmanship.
Fast forward two weeks and the same children return to Atherton Community School to play competitive VX matches against each other in a mini league with the school that topped the table at the end being the winner.
At the end of all the matches, St. George's Central and Holy Family were equal with 4 victories each, however, when points difference was taken into account it was the children from St. George's Central who were the winners.
I would like to thank Ian for organising this event on behalf of ATSA, and Atherton Community School for allowing us to use their facilities to host this event.
The picture shows Ian Crosby (CEO VX England) with the winning St. George's Central team with their trophy and medals.
Mr M Grogan
Headteacher at St. George's Central
Lead teacher for Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA)