Vision for TGFU in England
We are trying to set up a collaborative between certain regional Universities to promote rethinking TGFU with local schools, students and staff. At present two are working and three more have been developing ideas on what they can do (but only in a small way at present – they are working with schools but not on a research project). Each university will develop their own plans and put in place different projects. However, we are anxious to develop a shared vision of the potential of TGFU to transform how children learn games and how teachers present it. In this way we have three tasks:
One of our colleagues is moving to another University where he wants to focus solely on coaching. He is meeting with Len on 11th February to show us what he would like to develop and how it will work in practice. From discussions it looks at if two streams will emerge: a teaching one and a coaching network.
Three initiatives are underway. One is to work with the National PE Association (AfPE) to have a national seminar on TGFU each year. The other is forge links with the Football Association who are endorsing TGFU as the foundation for their new coaching and education courses for aspiring coaches. The new Youth Coaching Award is being run side by side with the old. The challenge is for the new award to be more popular than the old which would be phased out. This would avoid the ‘politics of old’. With a coaching stream to our work we would like to see more games come on board. Finally, we are looking to develop a unit of work on TGfU for the nationwide apprenticeship programme. This programme is aimed at Sports coaches delivering curricular and extracurricular activity in primary schools.
There is going to be a new Primary PE Curriculum in the near future but the government is trying to force competitive games on to everyone in their proposals. However, they are speaking also on the Thinking Curriculum. We believe that this will be to the advantage of the TGFU movement so this will be high in our plans.