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The programme has been devised so that teachers and coaches can if the so wish use the scheme as a simple but effective Physical Education lesson offering the best possible coaching practice in a fun, motivational and inclusive manner. The scheme caters for not only those childrenn who possess natural ability but also for those who perhaps have not enjoyed or have had difficulty with traditional games lessons or physical activity.


The use of music and in particular samba music can lend a great atmosphere to the sessions and can be used as a way to improve the general co-ordination and balance of the group as a whole. If conducted within a games lesson it is advisable to split the children into groups of three so that they can work together and so learn to communicate and co-operate at the same time as improving their skills. With this method it also gives children sufficient recovery time when they are helping another member of the group to carry out the tests after they have had their go.


For instance, if the skill that the children are working on is ball juggling, one child can be actually attempting to juggle the ball whilst another is counting the repetitions and another is checking that the correct body part or combination of body parts is being used. The teacher or coach can set the time limit that each player works with the ball for before the group rotate and swop roles.


If the skill being practiced is dribbling, again one player can be working with the ball whilst another is timing or keeping an eye on the clock whilst the third player is counting the touches with the ball.


If the skill being practiced is passing, one player can be actually passing the ball whilst one player is collecting the ball and the third player can be marking the success rate down on a scorecard.


In this manner children get an equal chance to improve their skills whilst working together and sharing the combined joy of striving to achieve their goals. This method also ensures that children, particularly young children do not get too tired or over-exerted from attempting the skills. If you have 36 children in your class you could split the class into 12 groups of 3 with 4 groups working on juggling in the middle of the hall or playground and another 4 groups working on dribbling again in the middle of the area with the final 4 groups working on passing against a bench in each corner of the area or hall.


An added benefit of this method is that the school or club do not require as many Futebol de Salão balls to carry out the programme. A whole school could be catered for with between 10-15 balls meaning that costs are not that high for schools entering the scheme. Once the scheme is up and running and some children or schools have accessed the discounted product range and incentive scheme it may be possible for the school to manage to have a ball each for the pupils and thus allow for more effective training sessions or practice lessons. The sample coaching session in the CD-ROM / VIDEO gives examples of how to coach children with a ball each, in pairs and in groups and can be adapted for all sessions.


Teachers and coaches administering the scheme should keep an overall record of the group's progress on their group assessment card as well as filling in each child's individual record sheets. Badges and certificates can either be sent off for every time a child has achieved a particular level or it may be easier to batch all applications together and send off every month. Making use of the media awareness incentive scheme will allow for your programme to run more effectively as you will be able to access more equipment and thus allow children more practice time.

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Michael Owen
"I have personally learned a lot from Futebol de Salão. The whole FDS thing really interests me because it is a different way of teaching kids to play the game.

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