Welcome to Sport Explorers at Brunel!
What: Sports Day
When: 9 March 2013 09:00-15:00
Where: Brunel University (Indoor Athletics Centre & Sports Hall)
Arts & Crafts Handball
Rowing & Canoeing Seated Volleyball
Your Master Explorers
Arts & Crafts Handball
Korfball Rowing & Kayaking
Archery is an Olympic event that requires competitors to shoot arrows from a bow at a target from a set distance. The closer the arrow is the middle of the target, the more points the competitor will gain from that shot.
The event was first competed in at 1900 Olympic games and has since gone on to appear in 14 Olympiads, most recently in London 2012. South Korea has produced the most successful archers in Olympic History, winning 34 medals overall.
Great Britain has won only 4 bronze models in the event since its inauguration. It is important to use the success of London 2012 to try and give younger people the opportunity to try events, such as a
rchery, that may not so popular or accessible to play. At our sports day the children will get the opportunity to learn the basic skills of archery and see for themselves what a fun and enjoyable event it is.
Handball is a team sport and was first played at an Olypmic Games in 1936, but was introduced as a regular event at the Olympics in 1972. The Worlds best countries at Handball include Germany, Russia and Denmark. The aim of the game is to scoring as many points as possible by throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal, similar to football. The playing field is also similar to that of an indoor football field. Each team consists of seven players (six field players and one goalkeeper) and the duration of the game consists of 20 minute halves. You have to dribble the ball, while you run and noone is allowed inside the goalkeeper’s area (the D-zone), apart from the keeper.
Come and play korfball – a game comprised of shooting, scoring and winning points for your team!! A sport from the Netherlands which is a mixed gender team sport with a court size of 20m x 40m. Shooting a ball with more grip and more bounce than a football in a net similar to that in netball and basketball. However, this sport is the only sport with a significant twist. You can shoot and score from anywhere around the hoop! 360 degree shooting has never been allowed in sport until now! A team consists of eight players; four girls and four boys so everyone can have fun together! However, you can only mark and defend a player of the same gender otherwise if you defend a player of the opposite gender it is considered a foul. Another foul can occur when a player runs with the ball or tackles someone with the ball. Although you can shoot from anywhere, a player can only attempt to take a shot if no one is defending or marking them.
So come along and try Korfball!!!
History: The history of orienteering begins in the late 19th century in Sweden, the actual term "orientering" (the original Swedish name for orienteering) was first used in 1886 and meant the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass.
What is it?
Orienteering combines navigational skills with concentration with the aim of finding various checkpoints and completing the course in the fastest time. Each competitor carries a paper card that will be presented at the start along with a map and a compass. Along the course the cards will be marked once each person has reached the individual checkpoints.
Sitting Volleyball has grown to be one of the most popular Paralympic sports due to the fast and exciting action of the game. It is now played by athletes in more than 50 countries around the world. Sitting Volleyball is a fast and physically demanding game. Players need to have speed, strength and stamina, as well as excellent technical play and the ability to think quickly and play tactically as a team. Sitting Volleyball was introduced as a Paralympic sport at the Paralympic Games in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 1980, when seven teams took part. The women’s event was added to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004.
Rowing & Kayaking
Rowing is a sport which athlete race against each other on rivers, lakes, or even on oceans! Rowing started out in London where professional “watermen” provided a taxi service across the River Thames. Racing started around 1715 where the rich owners of river-side houses would race their “watermen” for prize money. The boats are propelled forward using the athlete’s arms and legs pushing with an oar-shape blade, facing backwards. Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic Sports.
Kayaks were first produced by Eskimos, using the boats to hunt on inland lakes, rivers and coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic, Bering Sea and North Pacific oceans. A kayak is a small, relatively narrow, human powered boat, manually propelled with a double bladed paddle. There are many different types of competition disciplines involving different boats from canoe polo, freestyle, white water and marathon race to the Olympic disciplines of Sprint and Slalom.
To prepare yourself for this adventure please make sure that you are equipped with the following items in your bag:
- Weatherproof coats
- Warm jumpers
- Spare pair of socks
- Weatherproof shoes/Wellingtons
Food and Beverages:
- Packed Lunch and your favourite drink
- Remember to bring your flyers to enter the competition and win exciting prizes!
Brunel University is based on a self-contained campus in Uxbridge, on the western edge of London.
For detailed instructions on how to get to Brunel University, please see our Directions page.
Sat Nav users: please enter the road address (Kingston Lane) instead of the postcode to ensure you are directed to the main entrance of the University. The postcode will direct you to a road with no access to campus.
On behalf of this organising committee for the Brunel University Sport Explorer’s event this blog is to update and inform readers on the event. We hope you are as excited as we are about Sport Explorers. In relation to car parking for the event, car parking is provided at the sports centre car park but also in any spaces around the sport centre. Additional spaces will be available at St. Johns and Elliot Jaques, which can be found on the Brunel University site map. Blue badge sports are located behind the Indoor Athletic Centre (IAC) and sports centre but also at St. Johns. Parking restrictions will not be applied on the date of the event so any car parking spaces can be used on campus without restriction. Signage will be provided on entrance to the university for car parking spots.
In Terms of hospitality for the event; Costa Coffee, Subway and Loco’s Bar will all be open and available for visitors to the event. Signs will be provided within the IAC and sports centre to direct visitors to these facilities. Further to this parents and school staff will be able to view the activities through a viewing area in the sports centre and a viewing area will be allocated inside the IAC. We are very excited to host this Sport Explorers event and cannot wait to start so you can start exploring these new sports and skills.
The date for the Sports Explorer event is fast approaching!
Who’s excited to come and do arts and crafts! We are going to be making flags from all the different countries of sports that you are going to be playing! I know we are! We can’t wait to see you all! It’s going to be so much FUN!
The equipment and materials have been ordered, this is getting all us excited! It’s going to a great day for you to come and enjoy!
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!
SEE YOU SOON!
Just a quick update from the orienteering team, so far the route has been planned for the day making sure that it is exciting and challenging. The map itself is in its last stages of being made with the different stations clearly marked. We hope the weather warms up, as it’s been pretty cold lately, so just a reminder to bring warm outdoors clothes. We are looking forward to see you all and hope that you are looking forward to the day especially orienteering. It will be a great day and a great sport to get involved with.
We are pleased to inform you that we have confirmation of some special guests attending the Sport Explorers Event. The Mayor and Mayoress will be attending with the Mayor officially opening the event.
Alongside the Mayor and Mayoress, Great Britain's 400m Nigel Levine has accepted our invitation. Nigel Levine has been racing successfully for Great Britain for many years and has won several medals for his country and has attended several European and World Championships. He was part of the recent Team GB 2012 and at only 23 Nigel has a promising career ahead of him. He is looking forward to meeting you all and will pass on his tips to succeed in the world of sport!
Furthermore, we are also delighted to have Jo Robbins attending Sport Explorers in the afternoon. Jo Robbins is part of the Brunel Council and has an extensive background in directing large companies. She is excited to watching you participate and will be taking part in the closing ceremony.
Hello everyone, welcome to the blog of Brunel Sports Explorers. We will be updating you step by step on everything we are doing to make this event as enjoyable as possible. In terms of those lucky enough to have the chance to attend, we have finished approaching schools and their responses are pending.
For everyone who accepts our invitation, Brunel Sports Explorers will be held on Saturday 9th March at Brunel University from 9am -3.30pm. We hope you all kept your flyers! They will come in handy as there is a map of the university on the back showing you the entrances. If you lost your flyer do not worry, you can still see the map and Brunel’s postcode on the website.
We have been in contact with Hillingdon Trust in regards to securing a grant to help us fund the event and will have confirmation in due course. If successful, the grant will be added to the kitty along with funding from the sponsorships we have attracted from the Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Entertainer. Additional sponsorship from the Disney store is also pending. There will be more updates to follow.
Thank you for paying our blog a visit, we hope you’re looking forward to this as much as we are.
See you soon,
Brunel Sport Explorers