As part of our Transition Year program in Loreto on the Green, we were given the chance to become Spikeball coaches.
Spikeball is a simplified version of volleyball used to introduce children to the rules and techniques of volleyball. The spaces on the course were limited and to qualify for the course we had to pass a test on the rules of the game. Sixteen students were given a place on the course.
The sixteen TY students were broken up into 4 coaching groups and each group was assigned a class to teach: Scoil Chaitriona ’s 5th and 6th class, Loreto College Junior School’s 6th Class, and 1B and 1M from Loreto College Senior School.
We taught them the skills and rules required to play Spikeball in 6 sessions. The classes partaking in the coaching really enjoyed playing Spikeball and very quickly progressed, becoming confident and competent players. At the end of the 6 sessions, we organised a Blitz to showcase the skills of the partaking schools.
The Blitz took place on Friday the 3rd of February in the Loreto College Sports hall. We arrived early before the Blitz to set up the hall, organise the prizes and run through the duties assigned to us. Each coach had a role to play and we all put our best effort to ensure the Blitz ran smoothly. Everybody had a great day out and enjoyed playing the matches.
At the end of the Blitz there was a short presentation with prizes for the winning team from 1M and the runners up. There were also spot prizes that each coaching group gave out to their own classes to recognise players that were outstanding throughout the course. Each student left the Blitz with a prize and a big smile on their face.
All the coaches involved enjoyed the experience and gained new skills and discovered abilities during the course.
Thank you to Ms. Crinion for organising this great experience for us.
(Tamsin Carolan 4T)