Sports Hall Challenges & Programmes

Infant Agility Challange

The Infant Agility programme provides an essential introduction to Multi Skills activity for Key Stage 1 children. Designed to be delivered both within Infant school halls as part of the five hour offer and also in central venues as part of a Cluster Festival experience the programmes focus remains on participation and self improvement.

Agility Challenge

The Agility Challenge introduces young people to the skills, fun and variety of Sportshall, through the provision of safe, multi-skills activity. Generally delivered indoors, the Agility Challenge provides a great tool for curriculum teaching that appeals to both the specialist and non-specialist teacher. 
  
The Agility Challenge supports and encourages young people in developing a broad set of skills relevant to all sports. The programme incorporates ten activities:

The Agility Challenge supports individual assessment through a series of progress awards structured around Triathlon, Pentathlon and Decathlon challenges. An easy to use spreadsheet supports this. The activities are easy to introduce and the accompanying resources encourage theinvolvement of every child throughout the learning process in prescribed roles as an athlete, coach or judge. 
  
In addition to being the perfect preparation for Sportshall Primary and Secondary competition, the Agility Challenge programme offers small team competition formats. These are ideal for intra-school competition whether within an individual class or across the entire school. 

The Agility Challenge supports and encourages young people in developing a broad set of skills relevant to all sports. The programme incorporates ten activities:

  • Balance Test
  • Chest Push
  • Standing Long Jump
  • Vertical Jump
  • Speed Bounce
  • Shuttle Run
  • Traget Throw
  • Foam Javelin
  • Hi-Stepper
  • Standing Triple Jump

 

Primary Sportshall 

The Sportshall Primary Programme provides an essential component of the national competition framework for athletics.  Recommended and endorsed by England Athletics, the programme culminates in an exciting series of county finals sponsored by Eveque. 
  
Sportshall Primary provides the ideal format in which to introduce young people to athletics and multi-skills competition. Whilst the Agility Challenge offers a structured approach to the teaching of skills and introduces some elements of competition, Sportshall Primary significantly enhances the experience:

  • Introducing young people to competition in a fun team based format       
  • Encouraging mass participation with teams including up to 30 children
  • Promoting local delivery through a programme of cluster and SSP events

Standard formats are recommended for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The provision of opportunity for comparatively large teams to represent a school is a key factor in the success and appeal of Sportshall, with the focus placed firmly on the achievements of the team and the importance of supporting each other. 

Each Partnership is encouraged to stage an annual series of cluster competitions prior to the leading schools progressing to a Partnership Final. Full resources to support this are available at www.sussexathleticsnetwork .org.uk www.sportshalls.org and include:  

  • Competition rules and guidance notes
  • Sample Teamsheets, Scoresheets and support for the scoring of events
  • Guidance for local event organisers 

Eveque’s support of the programme is enabling the delivery of county finals across the country. Each Partnership is invited to nominate its leading school to participate in a celebration of Sportshall in their county. These events are led by the Sportshall Team, highly regarded for the delivery of the UK Championships programme and equally committed to supporting those areas where Sportshall is less well-established. 

  
Secondary Sportshall

The Sportshall Secondary Programme builds on the Primary experience and offers ideal solutions to the challenges of intra-school competition and the retention of young people in competitive school sport following transition. Recommended and endorsed by England Athletics, the programme offers opportunity for progression to county and regional finals. 
  
Sportshall Secondary retains an emphasis on team competition whilst also encouraging athletes to develop individually. The focus on key skills, coupled with the inclusion of individual races and the addition of shot putt reinforce the relevance of Sportshall for those athletes preparing for the outdoor season. Standard formats are recommended for Years 7 and 8, with an option of boys and girls competitions being scored separately enabling single sex schools to compete on an equal footing. 
  
Each Partnership is encouraged to stage an annual series of competitions on a league basis prior to the leading schools progressing to a County Final. Full resources to support this are available at www.sussexathleticsnetwork.org.uk or www.sportshall.org and include:

  • Sportshall Secondary competition format and programme

  • Competition rules and guidance notes

  • Sample Teamsheets, Scoresheets and support for the scoring of events

  • Guidance for local event organisers

With the on-going development of Sportshall Secondary programmes, the Sportshall Team is supporting the staging of county and regional finals. Each Partnership is invited to nominate its leading school teams to participate in the County Final, with the winning teams progressing to the Regional Final. The strength of Sportshall within the athletics club setting, coupled with the opportunities for county representation in the Sportshall UK Championships, provides a great stimulus to develop competitive opportunities for the Secondary age groups.