When we were in the classroom, the cohort were split into groups for some theory work. I got them to come up with some comments to sum up the course and what they got from it. So please see below our groups’ verdicts on VX:
•VX- Very Xciting
•A thrilling and unique experience. Fantastic to learn a vibrant, fast pace sport like VX
•Found it a really innovative sport that focuses greatly on honesty, integrity and respect whilst remaining highly competitive
•A very exciting new learning experience. VX is a great inclusive sport for everyone!
The PGDipEd Physical Education cohort would like thank Paul and Tom for a fantastic day introducing us to VX. We now feel confident to competently teach and play VX. The day was enjoyable, it enabled us to open our minds to transferable skills. We look forward to distributing the skills we have learnt in this session within our future Physical Education lessons
Joanne Cliffe, Programme Leader PGDiPED Physical Education University of Birmingham, Feb 26th 2016
Universities are using VX in three distinct ways:
By the Students for the Students
This generally means students setting up their own clubs. However universities need to recognise that a new club in a new sport is going to need time and nurturing if it is to grow and succeed.
As more experienced VX-ers go to university we find more are keen to start something at their university.
A university club can start in a very informal way. All that is needed is three people and to book a squash court at a regular time. Get in touch and we can help and advise.
Provision by the University for the Students
A couple of examples of this are
(a) Northumbria University run a teambuilding event for Sports Science First Year students at the beginning of the academic year. VX is a key part of this
(b) Leeds TrinityUniversity have bought equipment and will be running VX as part of the Wednesday afternoon programme
(c) some universities have our assessors go in to run Level 1 and Level 2 sessions and then might have their students go out into local schools
(d) some universities use VX for student projects
(e) some universities eg Loughbrough, use the sport as part of the intra-mural competition programme
VX as part of the Academic Provision
(a) some universities are using VX as part of the PGCE for student PE teachers
(b) one university in the USA uses VX as part of a constructivist approach
‘The VX coaching badge was a great opportunity for the FdA Sports Coaching Students to gain knowledge on a different sport; develop links with external coaches/teachers also on the course; achieve another coaching qualification. I would like to thank Paul and his team for providing this great opportunity and choosing Myerscough College as the venue’
Joanne Chadwick, Advanced Teaching Practitioner: Sport
© VX England 2016