Rugby World Cup PRIDE Guided Reading Scripts
(Also available as an Assembly/Class Play)
On one thing - no, five! - the players and coach of your favourite team all agree: that you need - a positive attitude; respect for yourself and others; the ability to make intelligent decisions; time to dream; and not forgetting all the effort that needs to be put in - in all walks of life. Put these into practice and what have you got? A winning team!
These 5 guided reading play scripts (originally inspired by The Boston Celtics basketball team and then adapted to other sports eg. in this case, rugby; other scripts available separately on Football and Olympics), set out to demonstrate the importance of the above qualities.
1.POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
Coach: You're getting there! But don't forget. It's not just about looking big on the outside. You've got to feel big on the inside, too.
Player 2: That's where your strength comes from.
Player 1: Right. I can lift weights all day long but when I get out there on court, those muscles alone aren't going to help me one bit!
Player 3: Not if you don't believe in yourself.
Player 2: Not if you don't have fire in your belly!
Dancer 1: (Squirming) Ooh! Sounds painful!
Player 3: You have to want it so bad it really does hurt!
Player 2: That's what playing is all about. Having the passion to win
Player 3: And doing your best. And that is just as important off the pitch as on.
Fan 1: You mean (sniggering) like in the classroom as well?
Player 3: Totally! Even more so! We are all of us learning all the time - it doesn't stop when we leave school. It's what makes us what we are
Coach: And what we can become! We can all be heroes
Fan 1: Like you
Dancer 1: And you!
All: (Shouting) You just have to believe in yourself!
Fan 2: Hey man! A little respect! That's all I'm askin' for!
Coach: And that's what you'll get. But you've got to earn it first!
Dancer 2: (Sarcastically) But can't you see,Coach? He doesn't have to! He can just (mimicking again) stand there ..
Player 5: And bling-a-ding ding!
Coach: OK boys! Enough! Now let's take a look at this respect thing.
Dancer 2: Don't you mean, ting?!!
Coach: Now, c'mon. Let's be serious here for a moment.
Player 4: I agree. Respect is a serious matter. And yes, we do all of us have to earn it.
Player 5: But it's important that you give respect, as well as expecting to receive it.
Player 6: Every time we step out onto that grass, we, as a team, respect one another.
Coach: These players are a team when they go out there to play.
Player 4: We're not individuals looking for fame
Player 5: We're a team, looking to each other for support.
Player 6: Without that kind of respect for each other, as team mates, we'd be nothing.
Fan 3: Oh c'mon guys! Look at where you're at? What I wouldn't give to have your status! (Throwing hands up) Give me a break!
Player 7: Give you a break? What about, give us a break!
Player 8: Do you seriously think all we do in our spare time is drive Lamborghinis in and out of shopping malls?
Dancer 3: I can think of worse ways of spending my time!
Player 9: And do you seriously think money's what it's all about?
Coach: First, let's put this misguided pleasure seeker right about what it takes!
Player 7: Commitment!
Player 8: Heartbreak - taking the good times with the bad.
Player 9: Peak fitness along with injury
Player 7: Sacrifice - hours and hours of your time
Player 8: All to one common end.
Coach: Achieving your personal best
Player 9: Whatever it takes
Player 7: Physically or mentally.
4.DREAMS AND GOALS
Coach: OK you lot! Liven up! Enough of these dreams! Time to come back down to earth!
Mascot: What a spoil sport! And they looked like they were having such fun!
Player 10: (Sighing) My Lamborghini!
Player 11: (Sighing) My desert island!
Player 12: (Sighing) My chocolate fountain!
Player 13: (Sighing) My ..
Coach: (Interrupting) Oh please! Enough of all this indulgence!
Mascot: (Chuckling) Tee hee! Poor ol' Coach- I wonder how he'll handle a little rebellion in his ranks. I do so enjoy a spot of mischief, now and again!
Coach: You boys are living your dream - what more could you want?
Player 10: (Yawning) Nothing, boss! We were just having a little time out.
Coach: Time out?! In case you've forgotten, it's me that calls your time outs, not you!
5.EFFORT AND EDUCATION
Coach: Looks like my players have learnt something today.
Player 3: And why should that surprise you? We never stop learning, even as adults.
Player 16: And why should you ever want to stop learning? Education is what helps us achieve what we want.
Player 17: It opens all those doors that would remain closed otherwise.
Coach: It enables each and every one of you to fulfill your destiny.
Player 3: Not just by wishing, or dreaming, but by sheer hard work.
Player 14: And determination.
Player 15: And courage.
Player 16: And belief
Player 17: In yourself
Coach: And those around you.
Player 3: We, the .....'s, feel proud to be here today. School children are the future. Without them and their generation there would be nobody to take over from us.
Player 14: Studying is cool.
Player 15: Doing your best at school is cool.
Player 16: Doing your best anywhere in life is cool.
Player 17: But if you want to succeed at anything, you have to make the effort.
Coach: Those teachers and I want the same thing from everyone - that's
All: (Shouting) DOING YOUR BEST!