Date: 30th July 2015
Event: Afternoon Bubble Football session for Eton College rowing Summer camp.
Contact: Rachel Harris
Photos: See below
Having been to Eton College once before to take a private session for one of the houses during a week day, Rachel Harris had become aware of us through a recommendation from the house tutor.
Rachel was part of a team organising the week long rowing course at Eton College looking after children from 13-17 years old day and night for the days. The course is designed to improve rowing skills but also is well placed to offer participants a hugely fun opportunity to get to know their peers over the week. Bubble Football needs few words to explain how fun it is (just pictures or videos!). As Rachel explains in her testimonial below it offered the children a new activity to get to know each other, building on key aspects such as trust and team work.
The session was organised whereby all players were split in to teams based on age and gender. We had lovely weather that day, so when not in the bubbles, the players had a chance to bask in the sunny park and watch their new friends play. It turned out to be a very traditional English Summer setting, to hold this enticing and entertaining new activity! We are currently organising our visit to Eton for 2016.
See course organiser Rachel's testimonial on the event, along with a picture she sent over:
I would say how brilliant it was to see all 75 children engaged in an activity which not only challenged them physically but required them to work together and motivate each other as a team. As rowers, many of the children found manoeuvring the bubbles a real challenge and it was great to see them problem solving and discovering new skills. Finally, it is a great spectator sport! It was so funny watching from the side lines and seeing the boys bump into each other and the girls doing forwards and backwards rolls and flips; definitely one of the best afternoon's of entertainment that we had on the Courses!
Date: 15th October 2015
Event: Engaging Year 11 Leavers at Small Heath School
Contact: Peter Ford, Head teacher
We were approached by Peter Ford who is Head teacher at Small Heath School in Birmingham. Peter recognised the potential in bubble football as an engagement tool for pupils when seeing one of our videos on line.
Small Heath School had a leavers week coming up in which they wanted to get a high attendance among the year 11 male leavers. Attendance was not compulsory, but very advantageous due to the various learning opportunity workshops they were putting on throughout the day around skills and training towards gaining employment after school.
However helpful the week was due to be for the year 11's, the school realised sitting in a class room to learn about post education pathways as a non-compulsory option was not going to be an easy sell. This is when they realised that having us put on a bubble football session for the pupils as a free incentive to attend school would be a creative idea to increase attendance levels.
The bubble sessions were used throughout the day and sandwiched in between the theory lessons around skills to be gained helping the school leavers. The result was great, as attendance was up on expected numbers, especially amongst boys who were the hardest gender to get in to the school. Our visit was a success based on attendances figures alone. We are hoping to be back at the school in the near future to help where we can.