Aldersley Leisure Village played host to the Year 5 Festival on Wednesday 14th June, with a range of Year 5 students from Primary Schools within the City participating.
Our students received training the previous Monday by Mr Shaffery. As always Mr Shaffery was meticulously organised, ensuring all students understood the event in which they were running and how to score to ensure fair play across all sessions.
After catching up with Alister Sweeney and Millie Betteridge, it is clear many experiences were shared and lessons learnt as a result. Alister said “…the day enabled me to see what it is like to be in a teachers shoes. You have to be enthusiastic all day long. If you are tired you can’t let the students see this… Both the year 5’s and we were noticeably tired by the end of the day and the enthusiasm was lagging as a result.” Rather than allowing the students to see this, in true Smestow style the leaders persevered and conducted themselves in a professional manner, the attributes of a true leader.
On the other hand Mille felt, “…Throughout the day there were so many opportunities to develop a variety of skills. The experience was very eye opening in the sense that we got to interact with young people who were very keen to learn and love sport….Next time I would ensure that I was a little more prepared to ensure that all the students receive the best version of us as leaders.”
The students have the opportunity to put their theory into practice at The Black Country School Games next week. Happy training!