This handbook was designed for other educators to use to: (a) provide opportunities for all students to participate in physical activities; (b) provide activities other than traditional team sports to meet the interests of more students; (c) improve physical literacy skills, fundamental movement skills, and perceived competence by providing safe, fun and competition-free environments; (d) provide older students with autonomy by giving them more voice in our school activities; and (e) reduce recess behaviour related incidents. While this handbook can be used in all educational settings, it was designed in the context of the British Columbia public school system.
This handbook is formatted as a step-by-step guide for educators. It is intended to be used in the order it is presented. After gaining an understanding of the purpose of an athletic leadership club, which is found in Section 1: Introduction, the proceeding sections walk you through how to implement an athletic leadership club at your school. It is recommended that you read through each section prior to beginning the steps. While many of the resources are embedded within the sections, a resource section containing blank copies is found at the back of the handbook.
While athletic leadership can be implemented at any time during the school year, it is recommended to begin the steps as early as possible. Using a typical September to June school year as a guideline, you could choose to use the following timetable. In September, you will want to complete the steps in Section 2: Getting Started and plan to have your first meeting near the start of October. Use the remainder of October to complete the steps in Section 3: The First Meeting as well as Section 4: The Beginning of Athletic Leadership Activities. This will allow you to have athletic leadership running by the start of November. It is then recommended that you hold feedback meetings at least three additional times during the remainder of the school year.