The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) programme gives senior students responsibility and an opportunity to be seen in a leadership role. At the same time, the programme helps to encourage students’ participation in sport and physical activity and contributes to their 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The PAL programme is an adaptable programme which should be designed to suit the needs of the students. Being a PAL gives the students within the school a sense of pride and satisfaction and a chance to develop a role model status.
Some noticed benefits of running the PAL programme include:
Students developing personal leadership skills.
Students have an opportunity to accept more responsibility, appreciation, and respect from teachers and students.
Students gain a sense of satisfaction for helping the enjoyment of others while working towards a happier, healthier, more physically active life!
Provides a great teaching and learning opportunity in leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
Examples of PALs in action within schools:
PALs running lunchtime games and activities.
PALs responsible for and involved in the planning of school community sports and recreation events.
PALs taking class 'brain break' session with the juniors.
PALs running activity events to promote what they do.
PALs responsible for “Caught Being Active” and “Fair Play” Awards.
PALs setting up weekly crazes such as skipping, elastics, and wheel days.
PALs setting up teacher versus student challenges.
PALs buddying up with junior students.
The opportunities are limitless!
Getting started with the PAL programme
Introduce the programme in assembly with a guest speaker.
Promotional flyers around the school.
Special lunchtime coaching sessions.
If you would like more information, please contact Tessa Bekkers from our Dunedin Schools Team or Nicola Boemo from our Central Otago team.