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Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. Heather gives us her top tips for accompanying a school group on sporting trip.

When taking a group of rowdy boys to a football tournament – representing the school, there are a few things to remember;

  • Remember to bring a pair of earplugs for all the cheering that will probably happen all around you. If you want to be part of the noise, bring a whistle, a clicker, or even a vuvuzela so that you don’t stand out as the ‘boring’ teacher.
  • Plan out your outfit so they’re in correlation with the uniforms of your players – not only does this show your natural team and school spirit, but you get brownie points for being co-ordinated and supportive.
  • After you arrive at the pitch avoid giving out nicknames and encourage the students to avoid it as well. You wouldn’t want a commentary that follows the line of – ‘tall kid passes to EAL before dribbling across the field and shooting at The Wall in net’. It just isn’t becoming of your team, or anyone else.
  • If at anytime your team becomes depressed at the score, you start congratulating them on the little things – actually this shouldn’t really be something you begin at this time – it should be encouraged throughout, along with high-fives and pats on the back (not hard of course). This will help you avoid such challenging moments for the young warriors.
  • Remember, whether you win or lose, this is England and we’re here for football! This means only one thing - they will be in crazy-good spirits by the end of the day, and you’ll truly see the camaraderie between classmates (even if it’s not a normal reaction in the classroom).
  • Whatever the weather is like, whatever the outcome is, and however ‘dirty the other players played’ the day is a great appreciation for the sport and a reminder to the students that SATs are just tests, school can be fun, and life is good.

As a Canadian teacher I have to ask the question though (not that I’m complaining or anything)… Why was I the one chosen to supervise this event when I know absolutely nothing about *ahem* soccer?


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Tags: Heather, Canadian-trained, sports, supply, football, soccer, experiences,

Category: Australian Teachers

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