Year 8 pupils from Greenfields Academy took to the water for a series of sailing lessons last term as they worked towards their Adventure Service Challenge (ASC) Award.
The ASC Award is ‘a scheme that provides school staff with a progressive programme of activity for a wide ability range to motivate young people with creative activities’. The 12 and 13-year olds are currently working on the Senior 1 strand of the scheme.
Sailing lessons took place at Hykeham Sailing Club with the LDSA (Lincolnshire District Sailing Association). Pupils learned the basics of launch, propelling and steering single hull boats. Some pupils progressed to individually helm their boats and to right their boat in capsize situations.
Two pupils in particular made excellent progress and showed great determination to overcome the challenging environment and learn the complex skills of tacking and jibing – changing course on the water – individual progress is a particular focus of the scheme which aims for the pupils ‘taking part not to be in competition with each other – instead their progress is assessed on the measure of their own personal achievement.’
Greenfields Academy were awarded the Silver Sports Mark Award last academic year for their commitment to PE and School Sport, particularly placing a great emphasis on providing opportunities outside of school.