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FDT - Nerf as an Active Schools activity

Foam Dart Thunder ran our first Active Schools taster session last night for school kids in Edinburgh. We used our birthday party scenarios and took in over 30 kids over 2 x 1 hourly free sessions.

This was a cluster of 5 primary schools, so we have many others to get round in Edinburgh (this city has 88 primary schools). We'll now be running a 5 week block in this cluster and will then review to see which areas we can target next in the city.

Long term plan is for inter school leagues, possibly ran on Friday afternoons with quarterly leagues with prizes etc.

The thinking is to get kids more active on a regular basis, without thinking they're having to pick a sport and "succeed". Just get them out to run around for an hour and have fun with Nerf Smile

We're always looking for other areas to branch out into so let me know if anyone is interested, either in getting involved running events or for us to bring FDT to their schools.
Dustybin

I am jealous now! Nerf Wars at school sounds like a great idea.
The Dark Kitten

I'm in the same boat as dusty here! I really think as the year does our GCSE's we should be bused down to FDT to shoot the living daylight out of each other.
Minky

Absolutely brilliant idea. Fantastic! As Nerf has two sides to it (the playing and the modding) that kids can pick and chose from it will not only have mass appeal but also hopefully get 'nerdy' kids active and other kids interested in engineering/physics. Great job!

I don't know whether its necessary but you may want to get yourselves some general coaching qualifications if you haven't already.  Something like a CSLA or something like that if it still exists.
Boff

A great venture and one I fully support. Sadly, I can't do more than cheer lead from the sidelines because of the business and not wanting to encourage kids to buy our gear. :/ Of course, I'm not going to complain if they keep doing it after they turn 16 and want to come play with adults!

This sort of "exercise can be fun" thing is exactly what kids need. We used to play capture the flag in my later years at school with an improvised flag and about 60-80 kids over our school fields. It was the best fun I had with PE, the traditional sports were crap and no one cared but something more free form (and rough and tumble) got us more engaged.

Top job FDT, I look forward to seeing how it develops.
FDT

Dustybin wrote:
I am jealous now! Nerf Wars at school sounds like a great idea.


So speak to your Active Schools co-ordinator about getting this kind of thing going DB?

The Dark Kitten wrote:
I'm in the same boat as dusty here!


So same answer, speak to your A.S. Co-ordinator? Happy to give some input if they need convincing Smile

Minky wrote:
As Nerf has two sides to it (the playing and the modding) that kids can pick and chose from it will not only have mass appeal but also hopefully get 'nerdy' kids active and other kids interested in engineering/physics. Great job!...

...you may want to get yourselves some general coaching qualifications if you haven't already.


So I'm purely coming from the Events side of things. Rab and BigAl are my mod heroes up here when required Smile

And I agree, getting "nerdy" kids who don't fit in with sports involved is part of the challenge/goal.

I don't think we'll go down the coaching route but happy to see what's out there in Scotland that could help us along. Thanks for the reply Smile


Boff wrote:
A great venture and one I fully support. Sadly, I can't do more than cheer lead from the sidelines because of the business and not wanting to encourage kids to buy our gear...

...We used to play capture the flag in my later years at school with an improvised flag and about 60-80 kids over our school fields.


Thanks Boff - yeah we've chatted before about BS and not allowing kids near your gear lol. You should see BigAl and Rab's kids though. Kitted up to the max lol.

That CTF sounds amazing. My aim is roll out across as many areas as we can, not just in Scotland, but to do that resources are required. I'm realistic about how easy that will be unfortunately.

EDIT

Quadruple post! I can see why though, multiple quotes in one post can be an issue. To keep things tidy either copy quotes into a single post or use the quote button in the new post box and enter the poster's name yourself. If it becomes a faff consider whether you need the quote at all.

Quote lengths were on the long side aswell - as a rule of thumb if your reply is shorter than the quote then the quote is probably too long. I've done my best to trim them without losing what you're commenting on but if you have to quote the whole post you might be better off simply mentioning the poster by name, otherwise you just end up repeating what's already been posted.

SSGT

FDT

Apols dude. Noted  Very Happy
Justajolt

Try speaking to you PE teachers to find out who your active schools people are. I've got a feeling that we don't have active schools initiative per se at secondary level and that it would come under the umbrella of extra curricular PE...

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