We might not be able to come together to compete in the School Games, but young people from across Bucks and MK can still test and develop their skills across a whole host of sports. Below you’ll find Football activities that can be completed at home or at school.
These activities and resources have been developed by the network of School Games Organisers across Bucks and MK, working hard to ensure every young person can still enjoy and benefit from competitive sport and physical activities.
Primary & Secondary
Challenge 1 – Beach Ball Blast
- Beach ball or a large ball, alternatively an empty plastic 2L water bottle
- Balls of socks or small balls such as tennis balls
- Place a beach ball (or similar ball) in a hoop/circle
- Take turns to throw socks in order to knock the beach ball out of the hoop / circle
One point is awarded to the player/team for each successful hit.
The team with the most points after all socks are thrown wins!
- Underarm throw to make it easier
- Move further away to make it harder
- Use a ramp (such as a chopping board) to roll or push the balls or socks down
Challenge 2 – In the scoring zone
- A target – this could be chalked on the floor or made of paper
- 10 sock balls (or beanbags) in 2 different colours e.g red socks and blue socks
- Mark a throwing line – this is where you throw your socks from towards the target
- Make your target and give each area a number value – 5, 10, 15. Place your targets at least 2 metres away from your throw line.
- Take it in turns to throw your socks at the target.
If your sock ball lands on a target number, you score that many points. Add up your total points.
The highest number of points wins.
It must stay on the number to achieve the score and not roll off!
- Move closer to the targets if you need to – the bigger the target, the easier they will be to land on.
- Use your non dominant / weaker hand to throw to make it harder
- Be careful not to leave loose sock balls lying around
Challenge 2 – MATP for PMLD Students – Dexterity Challenge
Tactile items that can be grasped such as beanbags, quoits, material scarfs, balloons or different sized / shaped balls.
- Can the athlete release the bean bag? Leading to whether they can grasp, move their arm, then release?
- Can they release the object into a bucket?
Celebrate success with lots of praise and encouragement. You could award points / praise for every time the individual succeeds at their level of challenge or gets the object onto a target.
- Ensure the activity is young person focused
- Try using different objects for grasping.
- Can the athlete grasp and release into a bucket or target?
Primary & Secondary
Challenge 3 – Sock-ia
- Rolled up balls of socks – 5 pairs in 2 different colours OR scrunched up balls of paper will work
- White ball OR a pair of rolled up white socks
- Mark a throwing line with chalk or use some masking tape. Decide who will throw the Jack (white ball /socks) over the line
- Player 1 throws their socks. Aim to get as close to the Jack as possible
- Take it in turns to throw your socks
The aim of the game is to get the ball (or socks!) as close to a white target as possible.
The player with their colour socks closest to the target wins.
- You can use an item such as a chopping board as a ramp to roll socks down.
- Can you outwit your opponent? Think of a strategy to knock the opponents socks out of the way.
- Don’t trip on any loose balls or socks.
- The School Games is for everyone, for adaptations please contact your SGO – see www.leapwithus.org.uk
Enter your best score in the Virtual School Games competition
You can pitch your best effort against other young people from across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Enter your score for any of the challenges via our online form and you’ll be in with the chance to win a School Games metal and virtual certificate.
To submit an entry for any of these resource challenges please click here to complete the competition entry form.
Interested in more ways to move?
Enjoyed using this Athletics resource? There are a number of other activities to try, click links below to find out more.