We are delighted to share a blog written by Kieron Addis-Mirfield, a student at British School Jakarta who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
JCTA is a tennis programme set up to help kids, who don’t normally get chance to, play tennis. This is helping them stay fit witch is very important. It helps goal three of the seventeen global goals that was set up by the UN. We aim for the kids to have good health.
All of the members of JCTA are very passionate about tennis and most of us play tennis at a high, school, level at least once a week.
Our aim is to share our love to tennis to a younger generation to get them interested in tennis.
Therefore once a week the kids come and we teach them how to play tennis. We have been making lesson plans in order to help us plan what to teach them each week.
Overall as I group I think we have all grown as people. I know we are only at the start of the project but we all feel passionate about the project and we have all learned to be reliable and organised.
As a team we have learned that we can get through some difficult challenges as long as we work as a group.
Our biggest challenge is to actually to communicate to the kids as they are Indonesian and don’t speak English. In our team we are lucky enough to have an Indonesian speaker who can communicate with them however for the other members it can be difficult to communicate with the kids. In order to solve this we are trying to learn key words in Indonesian plus producing cards that might help them understand what we are trying to say.
The Next Chapter
Our aim by the end of 2019 is to get the kids to be able to play tennis enough to actually play in a tournament that we would put on for them at the end of the year.
We want to also tell the public that it doesn’t matter who you are or even where you are that if you want to try playing tennis that you totally should. We want people to go pick up a racket and enjoy playing.
We would love it if more people started projects around tennis as we truly believe that tennis is one of the funnest sports in the world. It is really actually improves you as an overall person and if you are able to teach kids to play tennis then it actually helps you to improve your skills more. You can learn from one another.
It is a really fun experience watching other people enjoy the sport that you love playing and we feel like other people who wanted to coach should give it a try.
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.