After-School Drills and Skills
Work with existing after-school clubs or programs to implement some NFL-provided drill and skill activities to add some fun to the after-school period.
How Does It Work?
These activities are a great way both to add interest to an after-school program and to increase everyone’s activity levels.
The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!
Huddle up with the program directors of your local after-school program (or, if not partnering with one, your school’s physical education team). Meet to discuss ideas for integrating more physical activity into the program.
Solicit the participation of the after-school programs, or if none are available, get volunteer adults from the school community to supervise the after-school activities.
Work with program staff to set up drill activities students can use to get some fun, physical activity while learning some new skills.
Use the Tools and Resources below for activity ideas and to help request donations or assistance for materials you might need. Consider applying for funding opportunities that can help you make it happen!
Keep It Going
Organize contests to encourage whole classes or other groups to participate regularly.
Encourage their friends and classmates to be physically active every day.
Spread the Word
Promote the program by publicizing it at school. Host grade-level or other group “days” and hold contests to see how many students in each grade level or classroom participate on their day.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Identify programs that might be used for the drills
- Look for locations and volunteers to run the drills independently of an after-school program
- Make signs and posters advertising the activities
- Solicit donations from area businesses or the community
Did You Know?
Not all physical activity has to be skill-based or sports-oriented. Just playing a game can be fun, too! See if you can get together a small team to clean up the outdoor areas of your school. Do some stenciling or painting to create specific play areas, and start thinking about the types of physical activities that might just be fun.