Sunday 17 August 2014
For the first time this summer there was a decidedly chill edge to the breeze as we prepared ourselves for another active day with the youngsters from Heathfield in East Sussex. The numbers of children attending were down on those experienced in the first two weeks but that didn’t deter the Chairman of the Wealden Council who was doing the rounds and clearly took much pleasure in watching his grandchildren play stoolball.
It was also good to see teachers and their families from local schools visiting the event who were very appreciative about the coaching work and help that Stoolball England have given them over the years when running stoolball sessions and events at their own schools.
Another very interesting contact was made with a lady who had taken her children out of the state education system and was educating them at home. She was herself a qualified PE and maths teacher and was most eager to introduce her family and other similar families (apparently there a quite a number) to the joys of playing stoolball. All this was a new language to the members of Stoolball England who were present but we quickly learned about the process involved in taking children out of state education. This lady was not only keen to introduce everyone to the game itself but she also wanted them to learn about the history and heritage that goes with it. We shall be talking to her again to see how best we can move her ideas forward.
Next week on Wednesday 20 August, Stoolball England will be visiting West Park, Markland Way, Uckfield from 10am-2pm and very much look forward to meeting up with the children from that area.
Below are some pictures of the children enjoying the day at Heathfield.