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Why Sport?

Football, badminton, tennis, hockey, ice skating, trampolining, snooker & pool, golf, rugby, table tennis, basket ball, volleyball, stingray & head in the hole.

As part of any Kandu Project and in separate specific projects, the playing and participating in sports and games (traditional, formal, affiliated and made up) offers a multitude of transferrable skills.

Whatever the game, (see more on Kandu Kicks and football) the participants are honing hand eye coordination, planning, communication, resilience and persistence, making changes to entrenched habits, finding out that they can do what they thought they couldn’t, negotiation, team work, tolerance and so much more.

As well as Ed Deedigan and Pete Hussey being football coaches, other staff have expertise in sports. For example Duncan Ashman the first sports coach in the UK to achieve professional coaching badges for World Snooker, World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the 8 Ball Academy- accredited coaching badges affiliated to English Pool Association, World 8 ball federation and the Universities Pool Council. He is also a certified Mental Performance Coach.  

The benefits of a snooker/pool learning programme integrated with our mentoring/Alternative provision are  immeasurable with the local community also profiting. It offers young people the opportunity to make new friends and develop their life skills through games steeped in history. There are many other tangible benefits.

Literacy and Numeracy Benefits

  • Mental Maths skills- keeping and working out the score when playing

  • English – Reading and learning the rules of the game to be able to compete

  • Rules Quiz

Social Development

  • Taking turns and respect your opponent

  • Playing within  the rules of the game

  • Singles Matches – Working on your own initiative

  • Doubles Matches - work as a team for strategies to achieve high performance

  • Learning to referee and negotiate

Professional Coaching

  • Learning to take instruction in a non classroom environment

  • Development of new technical and mental skills

  • Hand and eye co-ordination

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