What can Switch Sports offer your school?
- P.E. lessons
- After school clubs (for children, parents and staff)
- Same school / Multi school tournaments
- Sports days
- Taster sessions
- Holiday programmes
Who is it for?
Switch can be played by anyone ages 6+. This is because the basic co-ordination skills and concentration capacity needed to play Switch are generally reached by this age. Switch is a very inclusive and accessible
sport that can be played by mixed age, gender and ability teams.
It can be played;
- as an introduction to sport for children/adults who have little to no experience playing any sport,
- by children/adults with some to lots of experience playing sport,
- by semi professional / professional sportspeople as a warm up for their preferred sport.
The reason Switch helps players with any level of ability is because it teaches
co-ordination skills, technical skills, ball control, speed and agility, helps you to focus, helps with decision making,
team work, sportsmanship and also helps to break down prejudices, preconceptions and stereotyping.
Being a great Switch player will improve your all round skills for any team game.
What do teachers, coaches and students think of Switch?
"Switch has been the most successful sports club we have had. Children have to think and use a range of skills as they play the game and
they love it. It has also engaged children who would not necessarily join a traditional after school sports club."
Colette Morris, Head Teacher
“Switch is a fun, engaging game. It was great to see our children using a variety of skill sets whilst working so well in a team dynamic. As a result of Switch, our children are developing their tactics strategies, co-ordination and team building in Physical Education.”
Cassandra Allan, Year 6 Teacher
“This innovative game gives children the opportunity to learn a new game that encompasses various sports. The game itself requires specialist
teaching because of the sports and skills that are a part of the game.... I feel this game would bring about improvement in the team sports it uses such as; football, basketball, volleyball and netball. The reason is it adds an extra dimension to invasion games as practising more than one sport bring another level of fun. With this enjoyment is also the challenging aspect of having to make quick decisions in the game as to what skill to use in which area of the pitch. Again, as all talented sportsmen demonstrate this ability think quickly, this can only foster the development of the athlete. Whether this is used as a training tool within the mainstream sports, as a warm up activity or simply taught as its own sport, there is a lot of potential for Switch. I will certainly be sharing Dan’s idea (the creator of Switch) with many of the colleagues I liaise with to increase its popularity. I am definitely a fan of Switch.”
Mathew Sweetman, Primary School PE Teacher
“Fun, enjoyable and physically satisfying, this is how I would describe Switch. The combination of Netball, Football and Basketball keeps the brain ticking and the heart pumping. The simplicity of the game enabled me to get involved from the first whistle, the end to end action kept it exciting, it really is the perfect combination of various sports. Playing amongst a mixed aged group did not hold any barriers, it really is a sport for all ages. The high intensity, end to end action, team and head to head battles fuelled my competitive nature.
Switch, a superb calorie burner and a feel good vibe.”
Bukkiah Belgrave Spence, Teaching Assistant
“First of all it is a fitness game, it can be used with athletes from different sports as I realised because I coach myself and I would like to be taught the game fully to be able to coach it to use on my Hockey team, because I am a University as well as High School coach. Why I think it should be done in schools? It gives them a variety, it teaches about five different sports in one. You think about having to play Handball, Basketball, Netball and Football you know? It’s a very good variation of sports complete in one package. Awesome.”
Andrea Hoo-Thomas, PE Teacher,
Papine High School, Kingston, Jamaica
“I did my Soccer Coaching in Germany and I train outdoor athletes in the gym to get powerful and strong, especially muscle strengthening and Track and Field. I’m here at the Racer’s Track Club in Jamaica and we get for the first time in contact with the sport “Switch”… What is interesting about this sport is that you are switching every time so it’s not going to be boring. You’re always moving and it’s always fast, and it’s not important which ages, or if it’s female or male because you need to be a team with a team spirit. Everyone can play Basketball, Volleyball and throw the ball or kick it, so it’s really a united game and
I think Switch should be in the Olympics.”
Fernando, Athlete and Football Coach,
“I think Switch is a really good sport... It helps kids to be focused, concentrate and really work hard.
I think it would really help in schools because it would enhance proper sportsmanship.”
Coach Aminiki, Racers Track Club,
“From watching it, there are a lot of things that it’s taught them (the children) because for one, it helps with the coordination, helps with the ability to think fast... it helps them focus. It helps with agility and... with endurance as well.”
Patrick Dawson, Olympic Sprint Coach, Racers Track Club
Racer’s Track Club Summer Programme 2016, UWI, Kingston, Jamaica.
“This is a good sport... It’s integrating all the necessary sports that are played in primary schools...
I like it and it’s a very good programme of sports to bring into primary schools.”
Kadir Frances, PE Teacher and Sports Coordinator,
Dunrobin Primary School, Kingston, Jamaica
“I think Switch is an amazingly brilliant sport because the coaches are really nice and its good for you,
it makes you fit because you run around a lot.”
Saffiyah, age 10
“I think Switch is a fascinating sport because you learn a new game and new skills and if you like sport, Switch is the club for you.”
Joshua, age 10
“Switch is a good sport because you can have lots of fun and learn a new game.”
Vicente, age 8
“I thought very highly of Switch. It was one of the most funnest sports of my life. I loved the way you could switch from football to handball.”
Mahamed, age 10
“I thought Switch was amazing. I loved that it is new and because people are used to other sports, Switch will boggle their minds.”
Oummaamah, age 10
“Switch was amazing. It’s football, netball and volleyball combined. I had real fun playing it.”
Ahmed, age 10
“I love Switch because it has all my favourite sports in one group.”
Abderahim, age 11