The coaching cards and curriculum that guides the CoolPlay way were developed with COOL TO BE ME founder Linda Sutherland, with the goal of delivering Social and Emotional learning on the sports field.
THE PURPOSE OF SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS TO DEVELOP A CHILD’S EMOTIONAL LITERACY (EQ) AND TEACH THEM THE SKILLS NEEDED TO MANAGE THE COMPLEXITIES, DEMANDS AND PRESSURES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING CONTRIBUTES SIGNIFICANTLY TO OVERALL HEALTH AND HAPPINESS AS WELL AS ACADEMIC PROGRESS.
With over a decade of experience in Social & Emotional Learning, COOL TO BE ME are credible experts in the field of SEL curriculum design and implementation; SEL educator training, and SEL consulting to organisations and schools.
The objective of both COOL TO BE ME and CoolPlay is to ensure that SEL is actively and naturally embedded within relationships between educators and learners; parents and children and children themselves, peer to peer. The CoolPlay application of the programme is through Champions having meaningful conversations with learners in the sports environment.
CoolPlay Champions, skilled in social and emotional learning techniques, conduct year-round rugby, netball, soccer and hockey training sessions, centered around the CoolPlay curriculum.
There are eight main principles unique to CoolPlay:
- Team Goals
- Team Values
- Identifying Skill and Character Strengths
- Creating Team Spirit / Cohesion
- Maintaining Composure
- Optimistic Thinking
- Responsible Decision Making
Coolplay Sport is not only fun, but it offers a powerful analogy for life. CoolPlay constantly strives to enable players to transport the CoolPlay conversations they learn on the sports field into their lives.
CoolPlay is also licensed to facilitate all other COOL TO BE ME programmes, which include COOL TO LEAD (learner leadership workshops trageting Grade 6/7) and Building Blocks Red.