What is Dragon Sport?
Dragon Sport is a Sport Wales initiative funded by the National Lottery, designed to offer 7-11 year olds fun and enjoyable sporting opportunities.
Liaising closely with schools and community sports clubs, Dragon Sport is making a dramatic impact on sports participation by encouraging children to become involved in a variety of organised sporting activities.
The scheme intends to broaden the sporting interests of children who already take part in sport and to involve children who currently lack such opportunities outside of their school PE lessons.
Dragon Sport introduces children to coaching, skill development and appropriate competition using versions of the adult game, modified to meet their needs and skill levels.
A portfolio of eight modified sports is used in the scheme. The eight Dragon Sports are rugby, athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, tennis and golf.
Whilst the primary focus of Dragon Sport is improving sports provision for 7 11 year olds across Wales, Dragon Sport also focuses on recruiting parents and other volunteers as helpers to support the development of after school and community sports clubs.
Dragon Sport is promoted and delivered through a network of full-time Dragon Sport Co-ordinators, based in each of the 22 local authorities in Wales. It is supported by a comprehensive range of resource cards and equipment to help deliver Dragon Sport sessions, with further resource materials for the recruitment and training of volunteer parents, teachers and coaches. The programme concentrates on using these resources to develop opportunities outside the school curriculum and in the community.
All resources are also compatible with the curriculum, so many schools and teachers can choose to use them in PE lessons. Dragon Sport creates links with sports clubs and other community activities by offering children and volunteers opportunities to progress in a wide range of sports.
Local Dragon Sport Co-ordinators provide step-by-step advice and training to help schools, sports clubs and volunteers deliver Dragon Sport. This help is offered to schools and clubs through a rolling programme, agreed in partnership with local authorities, PE advisors, national governing bodies of sport, schools and other local sporting providers. Dragon Sport may also be delivered by leisure centres, youth groups, voluntary and uniformed organisations.
- has been adapted to suit the players age, size ability, skill level and experience;
- uses simpler rules, smaller equipment and playing areas, plus fun training and coaching;
- prepares players for the adult game;
- resembles the sport on which it is based;
- is safe but still challenging.
A dedicated Dragon Sport website has been developed to provide you with further information on the scheme.