Year 9 basketballers pass on their skills to local primary school

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Providing opportunities for young people to develop life skills and forge meaningful links with their local community is something Greenhouse Sports strives to. Last year, 96% of schools said that Greenhouse Sports helped pupils become more confident in life, and 1 in 2 participants improved their leadership and communication skills over the course of the year. Read more about our impact here.

We are passionate about facilitating opportunities for our young people to develop. In the past few weeks, our Year 9 basketball participants from Harris Academy South Norwood have imparted their wisdom by delivering training sessions to the Year 5 class from local primary St Mark’s Academy School.

The Year 5 teacher has nothing but glowing praise for the Year 9 basketballers:

“Over the past few weeks, they [the Year 5 class] have thoroughly enjoyed participating in your creative, energetic and extremely well organised training sessions of basketball.

It has been a great joy to watch them develop dribbling and shooting skills, as well as become more aware of how to work effectively and efficiently as a team.”

By planning and executing training sessions for younger participants, the Year 9s have learnt not only how to communicate their knowledge, but also how to support, manage, and inspire a group.

“The Year 9 students have shown dedication, commitment, impeccable manners and extreme maturity whilst working with the class. I have witnessed them taking their time to explain and demonstrate exactly what each child is required to do, in order for them to achieve and successfully carry out the task correctly. They have continuously been positive throughout, praising the children for their hard work, and have managed and controlled behaviour within their groups well, providing a friendly, safe and encouraging environment for all the children regardless of ability.

It truly has been a pleasure having them work with the children.

The class leave school excited on a Tuesday and arrived on time ready for Basketball on a Wednesday thanks to you all!”

Providing leadership opportunities for young people is one of the prime ways Greenhouse Sports supports the development of life skills. One of our basketball participants at Clapton Girl’s Academy Xazal has now become a volunteer coach at her programme, totalling over nine hours per week coaching on top of her sixth form studies. This year, she is riding 46 miles in Prudential RideLondon as part of Prudential’s PruGOals campaign.