1a) I am a full time football coach working for Salisbury City Fc and running my own football company called Footballs-kool. I am studying this course because I enjoy learning and want to be able to help others by passing on what I have learnt, in years to come (when I’m 40) I would like to work in schools full time teaching.
My background includes working in France, Australia and the US teaching activities from archery to kayaking. Other than sport as a general my interests include playing the guitar, dabbling with computers (currently working on own app) and reading.
1b) I have chosen to study E112-introduction to sport, fitness and management as a module is because all three titles interest me, I am also looking to gain a degree in sport. Once I finish this degree I plan on doing a PGCE so I can work as a teacher in the future. I am currently working as a full time football coach at a professional club and running my own football coaching business so this route of study not only appeals to me educationally but it also makes sense as it matches up with the path I am currently on.
Where my business is sport related I feel it is important that I learn and understand in depth about fitness and management. I have previously taken an A level in sports nutrition and sports psychology which have certainly helped but now I would like to know and understand more.
I personally consider football to be a sport[i] but this doesn’t stop it from being played as a recreational[ii] game. For me I now play football in a team because we want to competitive and win all the competitions we enter. This is the reason we train together and work hard on tactics and set plays. Association football has league tables and laws to which we have to adhere to, the tables are competitive, meaning if you finish in the bottom three you going into a different league as you would if you finished in the top three. These factors are what class football as a sport.
With all that being said, growing up we used to play football on the street or a local field. Here we did not have officials blowing a whistle if the ball went out of play or if one player fouled another. We did this just for fun. There was never a pitch marked out, it would simply be our coats made into goal posts. Most of the time, because there would either be an odd number of us or not very many we wouldn’t even play a match. We would play other games with the football like keep ups or all versus all scoring in one goal. This side of football is very much just recreational. Even though we knew what a pitch was and the laws of the game, we chose to play our own game for the fun of it.
In playing a game of Chess there are no major physical benefits, your body is not required to physically work hard, your heart rate will not be increased through physical exertion and you will not become physically fitter by playing Chess. No part of this game requires you to be physically active; it will not increase energy expenditure above basal level. You are not required to be as physically fit as say a Tennis player or a Rugby player. Because of this I view Chess as a recreational activity[iii]
Although I understand there are rules and there are also competitions and tournaments but because this activity lacks the physical aspect I believe it would be categorised as recreational. This in no way means that is isn’t good to play as Chess players have to be very quick thinking. They have to be able to plan ahead several moves at a time and also have to very strategic. So although this recreational game does not meet all the criteria to be classed as a sport it is certainly beneficial for the brain.
Chess is seen by the IOC[iv] (international Olympic Committee) as a sport. This could in part be due to the competitions that take place within the game. People who play Chess to win leagues/ trophies or money may well view it as a sport but I...