In the past, many PE teachers were content to rely on their own experience of sport and fitness to inform their delivery both in the classroom and on the sports field. However, with the health concerns of modern society, we know that our PE leaders need a more strategic approach to ensuring that young people leave school armed with the knowledge, skills and habits that will enable them to enjoy a healthy, active adulthood. Since 2019, the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines have stated that for all population groups, healthy living is made more likely by the inclusion of two strength-based training sessions each week. Therefore modern physical education is required to help young people explore exercise strategies that they enjoy and that provide the appropriate physical adaptations.
Amy Leask is a great example of the emerging talent in physical education as both a teacher and role model for her students. Following completion of her physical education teacher training, Amy secured a highly sought after role in the Crypt School PE department.
As well as being an enthusiastic educator, Amy is a capable footballer, playing in the FA Women’s National League with Swindon Town and, through her football, has gained extensive personal S&C training experience. Amy also coaches at the Aston Villa Development Centre in Gloucestershire (U9s-U16s).
She jumped at the opportunity to enrol on the L3DipSCT: “The course curriculum is ideal for both my football coaching and PE delivery. Mastering the ability to coach the foundation movement skills means we can be impacting on athleticism in all our football technical sessions and in every PE lesson I deliver. I now have a much better understanding of how to progress players and pupils to safe and effective strength, speed and endurance training, improving performance and reducing risk of injury.’
Probably the most rewarding return on the course has been the impact Amy has been able to make in encouraging more female students at the Crypt School to access and confidently use the excellent S&C facility at the school. The girls strength training group she has established are themselves now serving as role models and an inspiration to younger pupils.