As our time has come to a end in the Cook Island, our time has been a success. We where amazed at the beautiful scenery of this place. The level of sport in this nation is beyond many small islands in the pacific, it is well developed. Most of the people here are sportsman’s through the whole year, meaning who ever is playing soccer are the ones who play rugby. So sports have its different seasons here, but the players are the same all year round. Some may pick a different club depending on the sport it is. As we have been spending most of our time in primary schools, it is evident that sport is a love on the Island, no matter what sport it is.
As sport is part of life here, we are realizing there is more for the Cook Islands. As we prepare to focus on nutrition/ healthy eating and micro enterprise, we have realized there is a big age group that is missing. From 17yrs to 40yrs old this age group have left for the bigger countries of New Zealand and Australia, some in search for a new beginning or a new adventure.
Focusing on the little kids from ages 7 - 9 years of age. The kids where young and full of energy. Since they where younger we had to go back to basic. The skill and technique taught first was engaging the ball as a receiver. As a receiver you must have hands in a diamond shape in front of your chest. In this exercise it was showing the person, with the ball in hand, a target. Following from that, we focused on the passer. Teaching the passer to pass across the body in one motion, and aiming for the diamond target set by the ball receiver. As the students got use to the skill of passing and receiving, we made the grid larger. In doing this, the aim in making it larger was to see how they would focus on a larger grid. We mostly focused on passing, mixing it up with games to keep them entertained.
As we moved from school to school we realized with the age groups, ball skills where key. Most of time in our schools, ball skills are what we did. All of our schools, we focused on ball skills. We had a great time with the different schools, talking and sharing about life choices. They have the ability to be a great leader in the schools, their communities and most of all, Cook Islands.
Co-Director of Island Breeze Australia, Jade Baravilala writes:
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