For 6 weekends in the month of July and August, I taught football to the underprivileged children from some government school located near Fountainhead. We taught them basic techniques of football each session which were easy and simple to understand yet important and fun to learn. It was a very exciting experience and I think it was equal learning from both sides. Apart from being an activity for giving something back to the society, this was an activity which helped me develop and also helped realise my new and old capabilities and skills such as communicative, caring and also leadership qualities.
LO 1: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- While teaching these kids I came across a lot of difficulties. While I was interacting with the students I discovered my strength, I was really good at managing those kids. Initially, it was really difficult to communicate with the students to exactly what they had to do, as the sessions progressed I was really capable of exactly conveying things that they had to do and all of them were really getting excited. Secondly, the kids were of variable ages, there were kids of ages 7-9 even kids who were 10-14 and all of them were mixed together in each group, in addition, the kids were also of different genders, all the boys and girls were mixed so it was very difficult to make them do things because the boys aged between 10-14 were interested but the girls and kids between 7-9 were distracted easily, it was difficult I was able to handle them by constantly talking to them. It was a very exciting learning experience which made me understand the significance of patience.
LO 2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
- While I was making the kids learn, there were times I was really very agitated or irritated by the behaviour of the kids or sometimes by the sun, but as the session progressed my major learning was that I was able to control my anger or irritation, by not aggressively replying to the children but by calmly understanding them and helping them out. I later discussed it with my father and realised that this quality will help me to achieve success. This was the challenge that I faced which I later did overcome as the session progressed.
LO 4: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences:
- The session was 6 weeks long and was on Saturdays, which we normally have a leave on from a hectic school week. It requires a lot of commitment and determination. Rather, I was present and actively participating in all the practice sessions that were given to the kids. It was difficult getting up early and going to the bus for school. The fellow mates gave up very easily but I was determined and tried my level best to teach them. I felt sometimes to give up but I was really very happy that I did not and finished my sessions which helped me to learn a lot of things.
LO 6: Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- physical fitness is important for everyone. There are a lot of privileged people who get all of these learning easily in their schools but the ones underprivileged don’t have this opportunity. Hence we decided to fill one gap between the privileged and the underprivileged we decided to teach them football just a symbol to fit and ready for any obstacle that has to be tackled through confidence.
These sessions were very exciting and insightful. I had a great time learning new things and sharing my knowledge with the kids.