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Glen Hill Primary Fuel Up To Play 60 Club

By
Dan Nejman,   Glen Hill Primary School
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Topics:
Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
Glen Hill Primary Fuel Up To Play 60 Club
This year is my second year doing the Fuel Up To Play 60 program. That is why this year, I decided to start an after school Fuel Up To Play 60 Club at my school. My club consisted of two teams that met twice a week for one hour after school. The goal of the program was to get students active and to "play for 60 minutes" during every session. Each session was different and each week we would learn a new sport, game and skill. I work in a K-3 school so the big focus of my club was teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship. For most of my students, this club was the first one they belonged to. Most of the students in my club have not had any experience yet with organized sports, so this club was like an introduction to that. I just wanted to give my students an opportunity to  move, have fun and play some games.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The club has also helped students to become better learners. I have noticed that the students who are in my club are more engaged during class, more attentive and they work better with other students. Students who joined the club have a better understanding of sportsmanship, empathy and respect. The club has also given many students a chance to become leaders, build confidence and to mature a bit. Some of the things that students have learned from the club cannot be measured.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

As a result of this club students are excited to move and to participate in physical activity. They look forward to the club and they are excited to learn new things each week. The club has also given my students a sense of belonging. For most of my students, this is the first club that they have ever been part of, so they feel special to be part of something. We even designed our own team shirt and are having a celebration during our last club session.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

It all started with an idea. I wanted to create a free club where students could come to play and have fun. It took many weeks of planning and preparation but once I set out to create the club it all fell into place. The hardest part was not knowing how many students would sign up for the club. However, I was pleasantly surprised when so many students signed up that I had to split them into two separate teams. I already plan to have a club next year.