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This is beatball

This is beatball

Combining dance, music and football skills, Beatball is a fun, energetic activity for girls aged 7-11. Each session is designed to provide the girls with a vibrant and friendly environment where they can move, express themselves and develop new skills whilst having a great time.

As well as coming and having lots of fun with us, there are many other great reasons to join Beatball - develop your confidence, self-esteem, friendships, health and teamwork but above all enjoy yourself!

The session

The session

Show off your best dance moves in the 15 minute dance warm up.
Watch warm up here

Get ready for 35 minutes full of fun, fast paced football games!

You’ll definitely need a 10 minute dance cool down after your session...
Watch cool down here

The extras

The extras

Whether you are are new to sport and exercise or naturally active, these fast paced activities can help develop coordination, strength and endurance. By adding dance into the mix you will explore and expand your movement skills whilst enjoying your favourite tracks.

And what better way to meet and make new friends whilst learning to work together, play together and dance together!

Find out more about about your nearest beatball sessions by completing the form below.

Pass to Score

HOW TO PLAY
Place sets of cones around the area to be used, 2 yards apart. Organise players into pairs. Players attempt to score as many goals as possible by passing and moving around the area. Score a goal by passing through the cones.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Pass using the inside of the foot?
- Move into line with the ball to receive a pass?
- Control the ball with the inside of the foot?

EASIER
- Organise players into groups of 3
HARDER
- Add a defender to try and block a pass

Target Ball

HOW TO PLAY
Split the group into 2 teams. Each player has a ball. Place each team at opposite ends facing each other. On each end line, place a number of footballs balanced on cones. On the coaches command players take it in turns to try and knock off their partner's football.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Follow through to help increase the strength of the pass?
- Practice control and passing with both feet?
- Control the ball towards the side that they are going to pass with?

EASIER
- Place more targets on each line
HARDER
- Increase the distance between the pairs

Football Cricket

HOW TO PLAY
Split the group into 2 teams. 1 team will bat first whilst the others field. A batsman scores runs by striking the ball as far away as they can, then running to either cone 10 yards away to their right or left. You are out if you're caught by a fielder or if the bowler serves the ball and knocks the football off the cones behind the batsman. 3 outs then the teams switch roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Strike the ball into the space where there are no fielders?
- Get their bodies behind the ball to control?
- When fielding work together to get the ball to the bowler by passing?

EASIER
- Fielders can stop the ball with their hands rather than controlling with their feet
HARDER
- Players can only pass with their weaker foot

Clear Up

HOW TO PLAY
Players are split into 2 equal teams in separate areas, with an equal amount of balls per team. Players must control and pass the ball out of their own area into the opposing area. If the ball is passed out of that area, a point is given to the opposing team. Attempt to clear all balls out of your area.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Move in line with the direction of the ball?
- Control the ball to prepare them for the next pass?
- Identify open spaces for passes?

EASIER
- No restriction on number of touches
- Only 1 ball allowed to move at any one time
HARDER
- Control, turn and change direction before passing
- 2 touches only
- Add 1 defender in each half to stop passes

Space Invaders

HOW TO PLAY
The group is split into 3 teams.
1. Players are placed statically around the pitch with their legs open (Blues).
2. Players with the ball to score must pass through the static players legs (Reds).
3. 2 Defenders must try and stop the players with the ball scoring (Purples).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Turn, pass and control frequently?
- Turn and change direction when blocked?

EASIER
- No Defenders
HARDER
- Add more Defenders
- Defenders can tackle

Two to Pass

HOW TO PLAY
Organise players into pairs with 1 ball between 2. Scatter cones around the area. Players move around the area individually. On the coaches command the player with the ball travels to a cone, turns and must find their partner with a pass.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Keep the ball close to turn quickly?
- Turn in a straight line to increase speed of movement?
- Keep their heads up to find their partner after turning?

EASIER
- Players stay closer together rather than moving randomly
HARDER
- At each coloured cone players have to do a specific turn before passing

Chain Tag

HOW TO PLAY
One player is selected as a "Catcher". If the Catcher tags a player they join up to make a chain. They continue to chain up until there are 4, they then split into pairs until all players are caught. The size of area must be relative to the number of players.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Discuss who their targets will be?
- Communicate with each other to catch others?
- Work in groups to corner and catch players?

EASIER
- Begin with more players as catchers
HARDER
- Players must maintain chains of 3s/4s rather than working in pairs

Bulldogs

HOW TO PLAY
One player without a ball is selected as a "Bulldog". Position all other players with a ball at one end of the area. Players try to get to the opposite end without being tackled. If tackled by the Bulldog you automatically become a Bulldog.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- In possession accelerate into space?
- Keep the ball close when a Bulldog is near?
- Do the Bulldogs work together to trap players?

EASIER
- Bulldogs can only tackle in specifically marked areas
HARDER
- More players start as Bulldogs

Treasure Chest

HOW TO PLAY
Split the players into 4 teams. As many balls as possible are placed in the central area. On the coaches command 1 player from each team collects 1 ball at a time and takes it back to their corner. The team with the most balls after 60 seconds is the winner.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Get the ball out from their feet to travel quickly?
- Keep the ball under close control when approaching their corner?
- Keep their heads up to find a ball to take back to their corner?

EASIER
- Increase the number of balls in the middle and reduce the distance from central area to corners
HARDER
- As well as collecting from the central area, balls can now be taken from the corners

Crabs & Fishes

HOW TO PLAY
Split the players into 2 groups: Fishes (with ball) and Crabs (without ball). The group without the ball (Crabs) are spread across the pitch. The group with the ball (Fishes) are positioned at one end of the area and must try to dribble through the Crabs to get to the other end of the pitch. If the players with the ball are caught by a Crab they then become Crabs.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Look at the positioning of the Crabs before entering play?
- Keep the ball away from the Crabs by using different parts of the feet?
- Move quickly when in space?

EASIER
- Crabs must stay on their hands and feet and can only move like Crabs
HARDER
- Players may stand up to catch Fishes

Crocodiles

HOW TO PLAY
Mark out 2 evenly sized areas, leaving a 5 yards gap in between them. Organise the players into even groups in the 2 squares with a ball each. Place 3 players in the gap to act as crocodiles. Players must cross gap/river as many times as possible in 2 minutes. If the crocodile touches your ball you go back to zero. Then switch roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Keep the ball at their feet when the crocodiles are near?
- Move into the space quickly when it becomes available?
- When acting as crocodiles keep their eyes on the ball?

EASIER
- Make the square larger and thus easier to cross the river
HARDER
- Players must go to the end of each area before attempting to cross the river

The Good, the Bad & the Dribblers

HOW TO PLAY
Players are split into 3 groups:
1. The Dribblers (Blues) dribble with a ball each around the area to avoid the Baddies. If tagged, they stand still with the ball above their head and legs open.
2. The Baddies (Purples) without a ball must tag the Dribblers.
3. The Goodies (Reds) with a ball must free the Dribblers once they have been tagged by dribbling the ball through their legs. Goodies cannot be tagged.
Then switch roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Keep the ball close to their feet?
- Work collectively in 2s/3s to defend?
- Change speed when given space?

EASIER
- Less Baddies, more Goodies
HARDER
- Goodies can be tagged

Tails

HOW TO PLAY
All players have a ball. Half of the group (Blues) have a bib which they place in the back of their shorts to make a "tail".
All other players without bibs (Reds) attempt to steal bibs from other players shorts whilst maintaining control of their own ball - if successful they change roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Identify areas for movement?
- Maintain control of the ball?
- Vary techniques used?

EASIER
- Every player has a bib
HARDER
- Players who have bibs do not have a ball

Walk About

HOW TO PLAY
Players are organised into an area. 1/3rd of the group have a ball at their feet. 1/3rd of the group have a ball in their hand. 1/3rd of the group don't have a ball. Players travel round giving and receiving passes or throwing the
ball for players to head randomly.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Move to receive passes/serves from other players?
- Keep their eye on the ball when heading?
- Make contact with their forehead when heading?

EASIER
- Players only receive serves to their hands
HARDER
- Players must work in a sequence (i.e. receive a pass / header / pass).

Goalies & Strikers

HOW TO PLAY
Players are organised into 2 groups: Crossers and Shooters. Players take it in turns to cross and shoot. After a set period swap roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Keep their eyes on the ball when attempting to score?
- Attempt to meet the ball and direct it towards the goal?
- Choose their controlling surface early?

EASIER
- Reduce the size of the playing area
HARDER
- Attackers only have 1 touch to score

Shooters

HOW TO PLAY
Organise the group into 2 teams and place them in 2 lines. 1 line (Blues) are the Shooters. 1 line (Reds) are the Goalies. On the shout of go the Shooters run with the ball / dribble around the red cones to then have a strike at goal trying to shoot before the Goalie gets there. At the same time the Goalie runs and touches each cone before they get into the goal. Switch the lines after everyone has had a turn.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Acting as Goalkeepers position themselves in the centre of the goal?
- Aim for the corners of the goal when shooting?
- Strike the middle of the ball to keep it low when shooting?

EASIER
- The coach serves the ball based on the players ability (i.e. nearer to the goal)
HARDER
- Players must shoot first time after playing a 1-2 with the coach

Star Wars

HOW TO PLAY
Organise the group into 2 teams and place each team at the corner of the pitch. Each player is given a number and reacts by running around the outside of the area, entering the pitch through their goal. The coach serves the ball to one of the teams who then must try to score in the opposition's goal.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Move into space to receive possession?
- Work together to achieve the goal set?
- Take the opportunity to score when it arises?

EASIER
- Shoot multiple numbers at a time serving to either team
HARDER
- Players must pass twice before shooting

Follow the Leader

HOW TO PLAY
Players move around the area in pairs through various sets of goals. Player 1 is the leader with the ball. Player 2 is the follower without a ball. Upon command players travel to an empty goal and complete:
1. 10 throws and catches
2. 10 volleys
3. 10 headers
before changing roles and awaiting additional commands.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Move in line of ball?
- Keep knee above ball when volleying?
- Make contact with forehead?

EASIER
- Reduce number of skill attempts
HARDER
- Attempt to head back and forth for as long as possible
- Competition to see who is the fastest

Jumping Beans

HOW TO PLAY
Group move around area without footballs. Upon command players pretend to perform the following techniques:
1. Jumping Header
2. Glancing Header
3. Volley
4. Striking the ball

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Use arms for momentum when jumping?
- Demonstrate an awareness of space?

EASIER
- Walk
HARDER
- Introduce sequence (head / volley / strike)

Team Tag

HOW TO PLAY
Organise the group into a small area. 2 players are "on" and have to tag opponents. Players can't be tagged when in possession of the ball in their hands. Players can only have the ball in their hands for 5 seconds before they need to carry on moving around. Then switch roles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Do the players:
- Move to support players without a ball?
- Keep their eye on the ball to catch it?
- Spread out to make it difficult to be caught?

EASIER
- Have more players to "tag" opponents
HARDER
- Have more footballs so it becomes difficult to tag the players

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