We are focusing on recounts in writing at the moment. So, recounting our recent excursion is a perfect opportunity for us to share our recount writing skills with our blogging friends! We wrote most of this text as a whole class earlier today in our writing whole class focus.
On Tuesday 24th February we travelled to an oval in Broadford for a football clinic. A dozen players from an AFL club named Essendon Football Club met us there and taught us new skills.
Our day started with a 20 minute bus trip. When we arrived we noticed footy players waiting patiently in their cars. We also discovered an oval filled with footballs, cones, handball targets and tackling bags.
Students from local schools assembled in the centre of the oval and the players introduced themselves. We heard from the players who included David Zaharakis, Paul Chapman, Dustin Fletcher, Adam Cooney, Brent Stanton, Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher and Heath Hocking.
We kicked off the morning with an activity called ‘Sink the Boat’. Some students had to handball the balls out of the boat (inside of the white cones) and other students had to handball them back in.
We spent four minutes at each station. The second station was designed to practise handballing. Teams stood on each side of a square. Inside the square was a giant tennis ball which we had to knock by hitting it with a football. The idea was to keep the tennis ball away from your team.
We made our way around to six other stations. Activities included handballing a ball through a target and kicking practice. There were also tackling stations which were pretty popular, especially as we are not allowed to bump or tackle at school!
Watch the video below to see us in action.
We were very lucky to meet the people we normally only get to see on TV or playing at big venues. We never usually get to talk to them, let alone have them show us skills and drills, sign our shirts or pose for photos.
Lots of people made it possible for us to participate in the clinic. Thank you to…
* Miss Fenech for organising for us to attend the clinic
* Rosie and Frank for being our parent helpers
* Parents who dropped in to see us
* Players from Essendon Football Club
* Organisers from the AFL
We had a wonderful day and would have loved to stay and play for longer.
Do you follow a football team? Which one?
Have you participated in a sports clinic before? Tell us about it!
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