Physical Education Related Websites

Sports Lessons: Joe Paslov from Bridgeport, Connecticut, has produced a website where teachers can exchange ideas for physical education lessons. At the moment there are lessons ranging from Floor Hockey to Wild Horse Round-Up. Most of the lessons have been supplied by US teachers but there are several contributions from Canada and Brazil. Hopefully British teachers will see this review and begin sharing their good ideas with the Internet community. On Monday nights Joe Paslov hosts an open forum for physical education teachers.

Sports Media provides a wealth of information for P.E. teachers and students. It is an interactive site dedicated to providing lesson plans, tips, drills, activities and other teaching aids for the physical education teacher. Sports Media feels that the use of ICT by learners offers enormous potential to enhance learning in all subjects - also for physical education & sports. Sports Media/ SportaPolis has members who are nationally - and internationally - recognized experts in physical education, sports, fitness, coaching, health and nutrition. Suitable for all grades the Ask an Expert Page provides links to experts in a number of different expertises. These experts have volunteered to answer your questions for free! This service will give you the opportunity to ask questions about professional development. We are always available for those who have a question, a need for feedback, and who may have no one else to turn to.

Fitness Partner Connection Jumpsite: Vicki Pierson and Renee Cloe are qualified personal trainers who met on an Internet fitness discussion group. Together they have produce a superb website for anyone interested in fitness. They manage to communicate an enthusiasm for their subject that is contagious. The wealth of material appears under the headings: Fitness Library, Training Activities, Mind/Body Fitness, Weight Management, Health, Food & Nutrition, Sports Medicine and Online Publications. There is a Fitness Forum where you can discuss fitness, nutrition and health with other visitors. Another feature is the Bulletin Board where you can try and find a fitness partner.

Sports Coach: Brian MacKenzie, a senior B.A.F. coach, has produced a website to help athletes and coaches achieve their athletic goals and to assist students studying sport related qualifications. Topics include Coaching, Conditioning, Endurance, Environment, Heart Monitors, Injury, Mobility, Nutrition, Plyometrics, Skills, Speed, Strength, Stress, Supplements, Test and Training Plans.

Orienteering: Rick Slater's website provides a wealth of information on orienteering and rogaining. He starts with a general introduction to the sport. This is followed with practical information on topics such as how to use a compass. The website also includes recent results, start-lists and rankings. Although based in the US there is some information on events in Europe. There are also a set of good links to other sites on orienteering and rogaining.

Soccer Skills: A selection of links to websites that provides information on the techniques, tactics and training methods of modern football. There are sections on Kicking Technique, Heading Technique, Passing Skills, Tackling Methods, Set Plays, Dribbling Skills, Control Skills, Fitness, Nutrition and Sport Psychology.

Physical Education: Schemes of Work: The Standards Site is managed by the Department for Education and Employment's Standards and Effectiveness Unit (SEU). The main objective of the site is to supply teachers with "guidance and tools to help schools improve effectiveness, raise standards and reduce workload". This includes a large selection of schemes of work for Physical Education.

Skills of Curling: The Firoda National school website tries to give the reader the opportunity to sample the day to day life of the pupils in this school in Ireland. It also gives a good insight into life and customs of people living in the area. There are some historical projects and information in easy to view format but possibly the best section is the comprehensive guide to the "Skills of Hurling". This section contains instructions and short video clips on how to play this great game - the fastest field game in the world.

History of Football: The Association of Football Statisticians have produced a detailed history of football on its impressive website. Starting with its beginnings in the Middle Ages, when over 500 people could be involved in any one game and the football field was the length of a town, it moves onto the 20th century with a detailed account of how the United States defeated England in 1950.

Physical Education in Ireland: The site contains information which is of use to Physical Education professionals in Ireland specifically, but is also useful as a reference to Physical Education professionals from other countries. It's focus is the four new syllabi that are presently in the process of development in Ireland - the Junior Cycle syllabus, Senior Cycle syllabus, Leaving Certificate Applied syllabus and the Leaving Certificate syllabus. The latter is the one which is the focus of most attention/debate in Ireland at the moment as it represents the first time that Physical Education as a subject becomes a part of the formal certification process at Leaving Certificate level, the equivalent of A-levels in the UK. In addition there are some sample teaching materials available to help people get a flavour of the new syllabi and the site also contains information on the revised Physical Education curriculum for Primary schools (pupils aged 5-12 years) in addition to a links section where other sites that may be of interest to Physical Educators are reviewed.

Fitness Analyst: This website provides a unique database with over 1000 of pages of information specifically designed to enhance every single aspect of physical sports performance, from the amateur to the elite sports professional. The site guides you through each stage of your physical development in a clear, precise and easy to understand way. Attention to detail is paramount as we progress people on an individual basis so that they attain their goals. The website offers practical advice based upon fundamental principles of training. It also has 'Star Interviews' where noted sports professionals share their experiences and give advice to those wanting to achieve the same level of success.

Physical Education: Schemes of Work: The Standards Site is managed by the Department for Education and Employment's Standards and Effectiveness Unit (SEU). The main objective of the site is to supply teachers with "guidance and tools to help schools improve effectiveness, raise standards and reduce workload". This includes a selection of schemes of work for Primary Physical Education.

Teacher Resource Exchange: This website is designed to help teachers develop and share ideas for activities and resources. Contributions take the form of simple ideas and questions, to complete lesson plans or schemes of work, which will enable other teachers to use these resources within their own lessons. This section covers Physical Education. You can browse and download resources without registering. You will, however, need to register if you would like to submit new resources and add comments or materials to existing resources.

PE Office: This is a useful website for all those involved with physical education and sport in schools. The website provides schemes of work, lesson plans, lesson ideas and extensive links for PE teachers. The Schemes of Work have extensive drills, practices and progressions that are differentiated to aid and assist all abilities.

Teach PE is a learning tool, designed to support students and teachers. There are many sections, including separate GCSE and A Level Zones. GCSE zone includes Interactive quizzes containing pictures and readings to illustrate. The quizzes come in many formats including crosswords, multiple-choice, gap-fill and word matching exercises. They are automatically marked online giving a percentage score as you progress through each quiz. Many give subject specific feedback as well as taking into account incorrect “guesses” in the final score. Other sections of the site include worksheets, analysis questions, example essays, links, funny photos, directories of clubs and governing bodies, rules of sport, online sports injury clinic, fitness testing, information on leadership, etc.

Food Fitness: This website provides practical advice on diet and exercise. It claims that the suggested programme is based on sound science and has developed from current research on healthy eating and physical activity. The main purpose of the Activaters section is to promote enjoyable healthy eating and physical activity to primary school children. Students are also given the opportunity to input information for an online lifestyle assessment.

CollegeSportsConnect: A regularly updated collection of directories of college athletic directors, sports information directors, and head coaches for football, baseball, field hockey, and men’s and women’s ice hockey. These directories include school name and address, athletic website links, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The website is designed to help provide advice and guidance to student-athletes seeking colleges that best meet their needs.

Leichtathletik Animationen: This German website provides online animations to help teach athletic techniques. Subjects covered include sprint, long jump, high jump, triple jump, steeplechase, pole vault, relay, hurdles, hammer, discus, shotput and javelin. It is not in English but this does not matter as it uses pictures rather than words to communicate its message.

English Schools Athletics Association: Established in 1925, the ESAA is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment of athletics in schools, thus enhancing the moral and physical welfare of children, by providing the right environment so that hidden talent can be discovered and visible talent can be encouraged. It achieves this aim by organising some of the premier events in the Country, and by running an award scheme for pupils of all ages. The ESAA website provides advice on how athletics may be introduced to pupils in primary schools.

P.E. Ideas: A collection of ideas to use with children aged between 5 and 11. This includes Heads and Shoulders (use a well-known song in your PE lessons to develop understanding of body parts), Late for School (a warm up activity which involves pretending to get ready for school), Hoop Activity (encourages children to co-operate in order to complete the task), and Untying the Knot (children untangle themselves by working as a team to solve their problem).

BAALPE is an association for advisers, lecturers, inspectors, consultants, advisory teachers and other professionals with qualifications in physical education, sport and dance. It exists to promote and maintain high standards and safe practice on all aspects and at all levels of physical education. It extends professional support to all members through a range of courses and seminars and by providing insurance cover and advice appropriate to their needs.

FA Learning: With the launch of its first ever online qualification in January, FA Learning is now offer a number of different resources that are all available immediately to everyone that registers with the website. Psychology for Soccer Level 1 is aimed at coaches and parents of 7-12 years but is also a great way to understand the fundamentals of sports psychology. Launched in January the course now has over 400 enrolled students enjoying the new style of learning as well the additional benefits as part of the £57 course fee.

Soccer History: This website allows you to read about the origins and evolution of Association Football. Everything from the ancient Chinese, Greek and Meso-America ball games to Calcio and Mob Football. There are other sections on the World Cup (statistics, tournament summaries, etc.), European Championship (reviews of past Euro Championships as well as predictions and schedules for upcoming tournaments), and Dream Teams (profiles of the most talented teams that have ever been assembled).

History of Football: Tony Brown claims this is a work in progress. However, the website is fairly comprehensive. For example, the section on the history of the game includes: The Early Rules of Soccer, Why "Soccer"?, Referees, The Ball, The Offside Law, Goal Kicks and Corner Kicks, Pitch Markings and Milestones. There are also sections on the Premier League, Football League, Attendances, Red Cards, F.A. Cup, Football League (Carling) Cup, LDV Vans Trophy, F.A. Trophy and Vase, Scottish Football, League and Cup and Football in Europe 2002/03.

History of the Olympic Games: The Olympic Games Movement website provides accounts of all previous events including: Athens (1896), Paris 1900, St. Louis (1904), London (1908), Stockholm (1912), Antwerp (1920), Paris (1924), Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932), Berlin (1936), London (1948), Helsinki (1952), Melbourne (1956), Rome (1960), Tokyo (1964), Mexico City (1968), Munich (1972), Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000).

Ancient Olympics: The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes from any country. Also, the games were always held at Olympia instead of moving around to different sites every time. Like our Olympics, though, winning athletes were heroes who put their home towns on the map. Part of the Perseus Project, this website provides a detailed account of the early history of the Olympic Games.

Olympic Games Lessons: In 2004 the Olympic Games will return to their birth place, Athens, Greece. The aim of this Easynet website is to provide you with suggested activities and background information to assist teachers in planning schemes of work to study the Olympic Movement in your school. This information can provide a focus for cross-curricular Olympic activities. The level of participation may vary in each school depending on the age range, structure and the length of time available. If time is limited you can choose one activity from the different subject areas.

Olympic Games Project: The History Department of the European Virtual School is launching an Olympic Games Oral Project. The plan is to start threads on the International Education Forum where people can post their recollections of previous Olympic Games. It is hoped that we will be able to persuade former competitors to post their thoughts as well. The second part of this project will involve people posting their impressions of the 2004 Olympic Games. This would make a good project for students with a desire to become a sports journalist. If you want to join this project, register your interest with the International Education Forum.