This weeks Real Leaders training took a different focus as we started to look at the term ‘competition.’ The word competition can cause a number of issues in PE and School Sport and as a young leader you are responsible for helping make the word competition appealing to all in some way.
Activity 1- Discussions about the word ‘Competition’
This first activity was a discussion tasks, the leaders put themselves into four groups and discussed what they though the word competition meant. Some of the ideas that came from these discussions were:
- It is a competitive situation and environment
- It is when you compete in a task with a group or on your own
- It is when you compete against another person
The next discussion topic was ‘what are your thoughts and feeling about competition?’ The leaders here discussed their own experiences and mindsets when it comes to competing in competitions. Some of the ideas that emerged from these discussions were:
- I love competing as I like to beat other people
- I like competition as it give me the chance to test myself against others
- I am not the biggest fan of competitions
- I prefer if competitions focus on me improving
Both of these questions raised a number of interesting points of discussion as the majority spoke about competition a competitive environment where they were put against others and spoke about liking this idea of beating some. However, it was interesting to here we had some with a different approach and it lead on to the next activity well.
Activity 2- Healthy Competition
We introduced the leaders to two new term, ‘Healthy Competition & Unhealthy Competition.’ The leaders had to discuss what they think each term meant and thought about example. Some of the ideas that emerged from these discussions were:
- Healthy competition is when the competition is fair to all
- Healthy competition is when there is a chance of success for all
- Healthy competition is when each teams gains some form of success
- Healthy competition is when all parts of the competition are even (ages, ability etc)
- Unhealthy competition is when the competition is unfair
- Unhealthy competition is when parts of the competition are uneven (ages, ability etc)
- Unhealthy competition is when the focus of the competition is win at all cost
Activity 3- Types of competitions
The leaders then used the game matching pairs to explore the three different types of competitions which are:
- Head to Head
- Personal Best
The leaders experience each form of the game and discussed which form of competition they preferred and why. After experiencing all three there was a definite switch in their preference and all of the leaders saw the benefits to each form of competition.
Activity 4- Adapting and Adjusting for different Ages
Mr Davies then introduced some key features that a leader needs to be able to adapt and adjust during their leadership practices to be able to appeal to different age groups of children. The leaders then experienced a game aimed at reception children and they discussed how the game was different to the original focusing on what Mr Davies did to adjust the game. The leaders then experienced a year 7 game and had the same discussion.
- What is a Healthy Competition and why is it important?
- Can you provide a definition of each of the three forms of competition?
- When adapting and adjusting a game what are the four key elements that you as a leader need to be able to change?