Small steps in making your dreams come true are very important! On Monday and Tuesday, I was coaching first Volleyball Clinics. I was so happy to see that idea of sport and volleyball for all as a way of spending free time was welcome with enthusiasm from kids and parents.
It was an experiment to see if there is anyone interested in coming back to school during the October Break and play some sports with their peers. I advertised it 2 weeks before in a school newsletter – now I can see it wasn’t enough and already have a plan how to make it more visible for students and parents next time when it happens.
On Monday there was an open Volleyball Clinic for Grade 6 – 12, boys and girls were invited. The whole idea of this practice was to invite everyone, who would like to play sports. No experience in volleyball was needed. With very short notice I had 12 girls who showed up at 10:00 am on Monday. First, 2 hours session was dedicated to teamwork, learning new skills, and improving the one they already have. After 30 minutes lunch break, we had a tournament of small games. 3 against 3 with different variations of rules and size of the court. Volleyball Clinic this day finished at 14:30 and all the participants left the gym with a big smile on their face.
On Tuesday I invited younger kids from Grade 1 – 5. The same idea as with older students, practice was open to everyone. At 10 am I had one girl who showed up, and if I have,to be honest, I thought it might be a disaster. I thought that everybody else ( 8 boys and girls) decided to do something different. I’ve changed my mind when 15 minutes later I had a group of 10 – more than sign ups. We started with relays, tag games, stretching and moved to learning basics skills of Kids Volley. The first session was 1 hour and 15 minutes since young kids can’t focus longer than this. We also had a lunch break. At 11:45 I invited parents to join their children and have some fun playing sports. I have to say I don’t know who had more fun. Kids seeing their parents doing silly things or parents trying their best to beat kids in relays.
Overall it was a great two days, which give me motivation to work and plan next sessions of Volleyball Clinics. Time to plan similar practice for youth, kids and parents in Poland. More information is coming soon!
Have a good day!