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Competition Pack Secondary School A - Teachers A guide to organising and monitoring competitions By the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Competition Managers Jennifer Sothmann Senior Competition Manager and Hunts SSP Email: email@example.com, Tel: 07743 806873 Ryan Armes Peterborough & Witchford SSPs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07595 001883 James Cook Cambridge & South Cambridgeshire SSPs Email: email@example.com, Tel: 07595 001882 Witchford School Sports Partnership Ryan Armes, Competition Manager, Witchford SSP Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Cambs, CB6 2JA September 2008 Dear Colleague, Re: Competition Managers and the Competition Framework As you may be aware, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have recently appointed three Competition Managers to help develop school sport competition across the county. We are Jennifer Sothmann, Ryan Armes and James Cook. On behalf of the Competition Manager Team I would like to welcome you all back for this new academic year and a new era in school sport competition. This academic year is an exciting time for us as it will be our first full year in post and will be an opportunity to develop the existing successful competition structure. We would like to thank you all for the time and effort you put in to make last years’ competitions a success. In recognition of this and to help you co-ordinate proceedings, we have developed this information pack to help you organise and schedule competitions you may wish to attend. Within this information pack you will find: An overview of the National Competition Framework and the role of a Competition Manager. Monitoring Guidelines Accessing and using the online competition calendar (Google Calendar) There are many good competitions already in place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We aim to raise the awareness of these competitions, whilst increasing the provision of high quality competitive sporting opportunities for young people in the area. Therefore, within the pack you will find a link to an electronic calendar containing the dates and details of all the sports competitions scheduled for this academic year. We hope that you find the information pack useful. Should you wish to find out any more information on competitions or structures, please do not hesitate to contact us: Jennifer Sothmann – Senior Competition Manager and Hunts SSP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07743 806873 Ryan Armes – Peterborough & Witchford SSPs Email: email@example.com, Tel: 07595 001883 James Cook – Cambridge & South Cambridgeshire SSPs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07595 001882 I would once again like to welcome you back and wish you a very successful year. Yours Sincerely Competition Manager Team The National Competition Framework What is it? Competition is one of the 10 strands of the new PE & Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) strategy. The national competition framework (NCF) is essentially a good practice model to help achieve the 5-hour offer. Working with Sport England, NGB’s and School Sports Associations, the framework is aligned to the principles of Long Term Athlete Development and has been embraced by 21 NGB’s, of which 16 will have frameworks in place by September 2008. Each framework will identify the format and level of competition that should be played at each age group from KS1 to KS4, as well as identify pathways into and out of competitive sport. A network of Competition Managers across all SSPs has been rolled out nationally to develop inter- school competition. The role of the Competition Manager Implement the NCF locally: Identify gaps and potential areas for development in consultation with key stakeholders; Help identify the pathways into the national structure and community sport; act as a voice for competition at a local level in order to feedback and influence national development Create plans based on local priorities: Monitor and evaluate current provision to identify to support and increase high quality competition Link schools with other providers: Ensure NGBs/Clubs/Local Authority/Living Sport (CSP)/volunteering organisations are involved Links schools/districts with other districts: Reduce duplication, identify pathways, share good practice/resources, raise awareness, and help to ensure consistency across provision. What are the benefits? • More young people taking part in competition, through inclusion and providing opportunities for those not currently accessing competition • Clearer pathways to enable young people to reach their potential • Organising existing competitions is clearer and more guidance is provided • There will be greater consistency in provision • Reduction in duplication • Access to additional resources to support competition • Consistent rules and regulations across all competitions • Sharing good practice and resources • Clearer and more formal links with community providers • Clearer communication between stakeholders • A voice for local competition to influence national provision and targets • Greater awareness of opportunities and recognition of achievement Key points The NCF is still an evolving strategy and so it will take time to achieve the outcomes of the project CM’s are not looking to re-invent the wheel or radically change competitions that are already well structured CM’s work with the SSP so targets will reflect local need Although priority sports have been identified, it doesn’t mean that their frameworks will have to be implemented locally, it is simply a target to aim for. The vision is for 80% of competition is based on national priorities and 20% on local, but this will be a long-term goal. Much of the work within the first year will be re-active rather than pro-active and only new competitions that are locally agreed will be developed. Monitoring is an important element of the project, as it helps to identify any gaps and provides a valuable tool in influencing national investment and priorities. Competition is a key focus for the new PESSYP and will significantly contribute to the 5-hour offer target, which we are all working towards. Ryan Armes, Competition Manager Peterborough and Witchford School Sports Partnerships email@example.com Witchford School Sports Partnership Ryan Armes, Competition Manager, Witchford SSP Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Cambs, CB6 2JA Google Calendar Information Sheet To keep up to date with all this years’ competitions, we have entered all of the competition dates and information onto a central calendar which can be accessed through the links at the bottom of this page. By logging all of this information on a central calendar it will help improve communication between organisers and schools. It will also help to raise people’s awareness of the competitions, festivals, tournaments and events that are taking place throughout the year. Why have a centralised calendar? The advantages of having all competitions logged on the central calendar are: - It offers a free and easy way of accessing event information in a format that is similar to the Microsoft Outlook calendar - Information can be easily accessed without the need to sign up for a Google account of your own - Invites to events can be sent to you via email. If you accept the invitation, this event will automatically be updated onto your Outlook calendar. This facility will be piloted during the first few months of the year. - You will gain access to a comments section which can be used as a FAQs area - The calendar links to Google Maps for ease of identifying event locations - It can be accessed through the SSP website where other competition and event information can be accessed - You can receive automatic updates and reminders for events to remind you that they are approaching - It contains more information about the event than a printed calendar would show - It can be easily and quickly updated so there is no need for new calendars to be printed and distributed So, what do you need to do? All you have to do is follow the link at the bottom of this page where the calendar can be accessed. If you require any further information or have any queries regarding the calendars, please do not hesitate to contact us: Jennifer Sothmann – Hunts SSP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07743 806873 Ryan Armes – Peterborough & Witchford SSPs Email: email@example.com Tel: 07595 001883 James Cook – Cambridge & South Cambs SSPs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07595 001882 LINK TO PRIMARY CALENDAR LINK TO SECONDARY CALENDAR Witchford School Sports Partnership Ryan Armes Competition Manager Tel: 07595 001883 Peterborough & Witchford SSPs Email: email@example.com Monitoring Guidelines for Schools Why? With the new PE & Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) it is becoming increasingly important to identify who is taking part in extra-curricular sport, and encourage more to be involved Competitions provide an opportunity to achieve the 5-hour offer, and are also a simple way of tracking numbers of participants By monitoring on a regular basis we can identify the success of the event and gaps in provision, with the aim to address them straight away rather than waiting until the end of the year, when it is often too late to have an impact Regular monitoring will also enable us to automatically complete part of the PESSYP (formerly PESSCL) survey more accurately Knowing how many pupils take part in events will help with Teacher Evaluations, media coverage, and from a Health & Safety point of view, we need to know who is attending. How? Simply fill in the attached evaluation form at every event you attend or at the end of the league season and hand in to the organiser/desk before you leave The essential information we need is the total number of participants and first time competitors for each year group, so that we can easily work out the percentage of pupils from your school that take part First time competitors are those that haven’t taken part in any schools competition or fixture during that academic year. Other benefits Once the forms have been completed and returned, you will receive participation certificates Opportunities to celebrate achievement through media coverage and website reports We will also be using the forms for an Incentive Scheme that is being created to reward those schools that have shown the greatest improvement in terms of the proportion of children that attend the competitions. There will also be a reward for the school that has the highest percentage of pupils involved in school competition. Details will be given in due course. Witchford School Sports Partnership Witchford School Sports Partnership Secondary Evaluation Form League/Competition (delete as appropriate) Event Title: School Name: Date(s): From: To: Venue (N/A for leagues): Year Group Total First Time EM DIS/SEN Male Female Male Female If known Yr 7 Yr 8 Yr 9 Yr 10 Yr 11 Yr 12/13 Staff Name: Contact Details: Please rate the following on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = Very Poor; 5 = Excellent) Overall organisation 1 2 3 4 5 Venue(s) 1 2 3 4 5 Coaches/Leaders 1 2 3 4 5 Information received prior to the event 1 2 3 4 5 Information about opportunities outside of school (if applicable) 1 2 3 4 5 Other comments: Key First Time = Number of pupils taking part that haven’t participated in any other inter-school competition this academic year EM = Number of Ethnic Minority participants DIS/SEN = Number of Disabled participants and those with Special Education Needs Please return to the Competition organiser before you leave Alternatively, return to: Ryan Armes, Competition Manager, Witchford SSP, Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Cambs, CB6 2JA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07595 001883 EVENTS PLUS CALENDAR Sept 2008 – Jul 2009 Events suitable for all disabled students and those with Special Educational Needs MONTH/EVENT DAY / DATE TIME VENUE ORGANISER OCTOBER Tag Rugby PLUS County Thurs 16th 10 – 2pm Shelford Rugby Club - South Jane Lampshire/Helen Johnston Festival October 08 Cambs Rory Finlayson NOVEMBER Netball PLUS County Thurs 13th 10 – 2pm Netherhall - Cambridge City Kim Lumley Competition November 08 Helen Stepney DECEMBER Boccia PLUS County TBC 10.30 – Chesterton – Cambridge City Julie Godfrey Competition (Full Rules) 2pm Helen Johnston JANUARY 09 Table Tennis PLUS County TBC 10 – 2pm St Ivo Indoor Centre - Hunts Ejaz Moghul – Living Sport Festival David Reeve FEBRUARY Zone Hockey PLUS TBC 10 – 2pm East Cambs Becca Owen – Living Sport County Festival Annette Fontaine MARCH Swimming PLUS County TBC 11 – 2pm Regional Pool - Peterborough Chris Hunt Competition CDSF committee APRIL Athletics PLUS County TBC 10 – 2pm St Ivo Outdoor Centre - Hunts David Reeve, Julie Pashley, Competition Jane Lampshire, Femi Akinsanya MAY Boccia PLUS County TBC 10.30-2pm Peterborough Matt Taylor Competition JUNE/JULY Cricket PLUS County TBC 10 – 2pm East Cambs/Fenland Jenny Lowe Comp Annette Fontaine Fishing PLUS TBC TBC Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey TBC If you do not have direct contact details for the event organiser, please contact your Competition Manager, who will be more than happy to help.
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