Friday 5th June saw six schools take part in our most recent ATSA event which was a Sport Psychology 'How can I prepare to succeed in sport?' teaching and learning session which took place at St. Michael's School in Atherton.
St. George's Central, Sacred Heart, St. Michael's, St. Philip's, Hindsford CE and Atherton St. George's each selected four sporting 'gifted and talented' children to attend the session led by Sport Psychology consultants, Dr Andrew Evans and Mr Matt Slater. The Key Stage 2 children who attended came from a variety of sporting backgrounds and so cyclists, footballers, swimmers, golfers and netballers, amongst others, all listened to tips on how they could improve their performance.
Both presenters are lecturers in Sports Psychology, with Andrew being based at Salford University and Matt at Staffordshire University, although much of their work involves with professional sports teams and athletes. Today they spent time with local pupils working specifically on how preparation before sporting performance can aid the actual performance.
Examples were given of how elite athletes prepare for events and so children were asked to think about how they could adjust their mindset so that they can approach sporting competitions in a positive manner. Many of the theories explored could be applied outside of a sporting context and so would benefit the children in other areas of their lives, for example: transition to high school etc.
I would like to thank the staff at St. Michael's for hosting this session and their hospitality throughout the morning. In particular Mrs Marjorie Evans who organised this event. Also a huge thank to Andrew and Matt who used a lively, engaging and practical manner to ensure that the session was a huge success.
The picture above shows some of the children plus both presenters.
Mr M Grogan
Headteacher at St. George's Central
Lead teacher for Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA)