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Mountain Biking at Golspie High

Posted by drilly on May 28, 2008

Wim Chalmet at Golspie High School has been doing some great work introducing alternative activities in PE. I am really impressed with how he is taking mountain biking forward. The video below shows some of the highlights thus far.

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Mountain bike madness

Posted by drilly on May 14, 2008

Mountain biking seems to be taking over my life at the moment. I recently completed training so I could lead groups in Aberdeenshire and found it really enjoyable. The school has just taken delivery of the first 8 Giant Terrago Mountain bikes that we won funding from the Norwich Union community sports fund . There are another 16 of the bikes on the way I cant wait.

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I have also signed up to do the Corrieyairack Challenge on my Mountain bike to raise money for the Speyside trust, which provides holiday facilities, respite care and outdoor adventure for the disabled. I have set up a fundraising page which you can access at I have been trying to get a bit of training in for this and spent last Saturday on the trails at Glentress and the Saturday before at Pitfichie/Whitehills. I am really starting to get in to it.

Next week I have a week of Mountain biking with a group of 11 pupils as part of the Schools activity week. We are going to do a bit of everything from bike maintenance, to trail side repairs, skills and challenges and plenty of riding on local routes as well a days ride from the Nordic centre in Huntly. I think I am more excited than the pupils!

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Abronhill High School Mountain biking in PE lessons

Posted by drilly on September 20, 2007

Abronhill High school in North Lanarkshire has entered in to partnership with the Forestry Commission and Cycling Scotland to deliver a programme of Mountain Biking as part of their PE curriculum. Read about it in this article in The Scotsman. Yet again another example of a PE department thinking outside the box to adopt alternative activities to engage their pupils. The Forestry Commission is developing some fantastic mountain biking resources all over Scotland Check them out here

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Vote for Banchory

Posted by drilly on August 10, 2007

Further to my previous post I have just added a button to my side bar to take you to the Norwich Union Join our Team funding initiative. Help support our school introduce Mountain Biking into the curriculum. All you have to do is register and vote. Any support would be much appreciated.


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Support Banchory Academy PE Department

Posted by drilly on June 19, 2007

The PE department at Banchory Academy have submitted a proposal for funding through the Norwich Union Join our team initiative. The proposal centers around the sports leadership programme and mountain biking. Please take a few moments to register your vote to support this worthwhile initiative. Simply Click on this Link register and vote for Banchory. Thank you for your support.


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Highlights of the week

Posted by drilly on June 1, 2007

This week I have been round various parts of Scotland meeting and presenting. Wednesday was a particularly interesting day. The morning was spent at the Edinburgh City PE conference which I have to say was a most enjoyable event. The keynote was presented by Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey from Roehampton University a man whose C.V. of research books and publications is impressively extensive to say the least. I really enjoy listening to Richard speak as his philosophy, insights, observations and research strike a real chord with me. You feel that you are listening to a man who has been there and actually walked the walk and developed his ideas from practical experience. It is refreshing to listen to an academic mind that is not so far removed from the reality of the teaching and learning process that their ideas become obscurely ideological. I also like his style of delivery punctuated with anecdotes and humour. If you ever get the chance to hear Richard speak I would thouroughly recommend it. Teachers in Scotland will have access to Richards keynote delivery from the 2006 National PE conference from a series of DVDs produced by Learning and Teaching Scotland. The set of 3 DVDs also contain Keynotes fron Frank Hadden  head coach Scottish Rugby and Donnie Macleod HMIe and practical workshops from the nursery, primary, secondary and additional needs sectors.

Wednesday afternoon was spent delivering a presentation at the Dartfishusers conference. It was great to spend an afternoon with like minded professionals who have are striving to drive forward the use of ICT in PE and across other area of the curriculum. The whole area of ICT and its use to support the delivery of PE is one that really enthuses me and when used appropriately I feel enhances the subject, motivates the pupils and supports their learning.

On Wednesday evening I met an extremely interesting gentleman Marc Matoza who introduced me to his eCoachingweb based platform. The power of this web based software blew me away it can support live coaching and analysis over the Internet, share training schedules that include video, text, audio and still images and incorporates calenders with similar cababilities to outlook and facilitates an incredible capacity for dialouge between teacher and learner. This barely does  justice to the capacities of this software which is being used extensively in the world of professional golf and tennis. As Marc and I talked it became evident in our opinion that there is also scope to adopt this platform for use within Education.

Thursday I visited Bankhead Primary School in Glasgow to follow up on a good practice lead and I was not dissapointed. I watched the visiting specialist Irene Baker deliver a wonderful basketball lesson. The school also benifits from services of a classroom teacher who completed the initial pilot of the primary post graduate PE qualification in Glasgow. There is now a similar course being run at Edinburgh University as well.

I then spent some time with the Headteacher Elsie Tysen her support and vision has ensured that all pupils receive 2hrs of quality PE per week. What a pleasure it was to visit an establishment that really valued the contribution that PE can make to a childs education.

This evening (Friday) I was out test riding a mountain bike with a view to buying it. Since I have recently retired from competitive rugby I need find something to relplace it to allow me to blow off a little steam and halt the spread of my expanding waistline. I reckon with a little more practice I could manage some of these moves!

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