We as adults need to remember that from the age of about 7 to 10 a child’s overriding sporting goal must be to develop physical mastery. Hence, sport for all children at this age must promote the development of physical skills. The emphasis must be on learning the concepts of the game the importance of the different team positions and on how to co-operate with team members. This can be achieved without any emphasis on winning.
From the ages of 10 to 14, the child’s main goal should be to develop friendships and to share experiences with these friends.
The physical life of each scholar is an integral part of the school program and Cefups Academy encourages the pupils to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Physical education is an important part of the curriculum and all scholars are involved on a weekly basis. A natural extension of physical education is involvement in sport, which encourages mental and physical fitness, working together in a team and setting and achieving goals. Sport in the Primary Phase is compulsory.
The sports coaches, who are mostly teachers, strive to teach the sport rather than to coach it, and it is important for parents to understand this difference. Teaching sport implies an educational approach and is as much concerned with the attitudes, behavior, and values as it is with the acquisition of skills. Teaching is committed to the principle of improving the quality of life and sees sport as a means to this end.
At Cefups Academy we strive for mass participation, particularly in volleyball, athletics, soccer, and netball. Parents are asked to encourage this active participation, as it is through this type of healthy extramural activity that many negative influences of modern living can be countered.
All extra-mural activities are indicated on the school calendar program drawn up the Academy. Times and days of extra-mural duties are indicated on the program. Learners are given the choice of extra-mural activities at the beginning of each term. It is compulsory for pupils to be involved on at least two afternoons per week. Sport runs from the afternoon.