Rachel’s school is one of many in Australia that is finding it tough to maintain strong enrolment numbers. To do her part in encouraging more local kids to enrol, she decided to play to what she was good at, and what she loved; beach volleyball. By creating a focused Beach Volleyball Program, she’s encouraging more PE loving kids to come to her school. Her program is already showing promise, with a quarter of the school prepared to train and compete regularly.
- Rachel surveyed the kids to find out whether they were interested and how often they might be prepared to commit (a great quick and cheap test). Rachel found that a quarter of the kids were keen to get involved.
- She started with two teams, training at lunchtime and after school.
- With the support of her Principal, Head of Department and other staff, Rachel began working with other groups to improve her program.
- Rachel is now investigating what it takes to be able to officially claim that their school is a ‘Specialist Beach Volleyball School’.
‘It sounds cheesy, but sharing the love I have for beach volleyball with other staff and students, and seeing the enjoyment everyone gets out of it is so rewarding. When I see students play and “click” when they get it, it makes my day. I can see huge potential for this program, for example a trip to the Philippines with the students in year ten which not only will be fun, but also will link in with the Asia/Australia cross curriculum priorities.’
Want to Copy the Idea?
Rachel is happy for you to start a volleyball program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Rachel and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.