NFL Flag, presented by Subway – The Future of Primary School Sport #ad

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As a mother to two (extraordinarily active) sons I have pondered what their sport of choice and extracurricular activity will be when they are old enough. I have wondered if it will be the typically British choices of Football,  Rugby, Cricket or Tennis. A sport, however, that never crossed my mind was NFL (National Football League – from America) or the sport currently sweeping our UK Primary schools – NFL Flag presented by Subway UK & Ireland™.

What is NFL Flag?

NFL Flag, presented by Subway, UK & Ireland™ is basically a non contact (non tackle) version of American football. It takes the best bits of American football and makes it safe and accessible to primary school aged children starting from nine to twelve. Instead of tackling they simply have to tear a flag from another player’s belt.

I had the pleasure of watching this sport, a tournament in fact, with primary school children players from all over Yorkshire, and speaking to an actual NFL player named Jason Brisbane (he played for the San Diego Chargers don’t you know?).

Jason exuded passion and love for the sport. His aim, along with the sponsor; Subway™ – is to get as many children and schools involved and as passionate about NFL Flag as him. He told me that playing NFL changed his entire life and that is was more than just a sport – it is about being in a team, working together, respect, integrity, responsibility and nutrition (which is why Subway™ is a perfect partnership).

The best thing I learned about NFL Flag is that it is an all inclusive sport. Jason told me no matter what your sporting ability, prior knowledge, size or strength there is a place for you in the team. As someone who always felt a bit left out of sporting activities when I was young – this was music to my ears.

My favourite part of the day was watching the young person who caught the ball run like a bullet to the end of the field, the cheers, the applause – the amazing atmosphere of the tournament – not to mention the cool outfits. I could see the self esteem of that young person sky rocket at the touch down (see – I’m getting used to the lingo and everything).

When my sons are old enough I really hope their school offers NFL Flag as an option – it really has the power to shake up Physical Education/ after school clubs and Sports’ days and bring a freshness with an American twist to our education system.

My lad loving the Subway Merch

NFL Flag, with the help of Subway UK & Ireland™, is already being taught in schools across the UK with tournaments between local schools taking place and a final taking place in London this Summer.

If you would like your child’s / children’s school to take part in NFL Flag presented by Subway™ – ask them to simply register by clicking on This Link! It’s as simple as that.

Also watch out for Subways’ Kids Paks in stores now – and look out for an NFL themed Kids Pak coming in October.

Right – all this talk of Subway™ – I’m off to get my signature sandwich: Chicken, red onions and all the Jalapeños. How do you make yours?

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How to get through your first parents’ evening

First Parents’ Evening

He’s only four, he can’t have done much damage yet can he? Yet the mere idea of Parents’ Evening has immediately filled you with anxiety, not least, because you’re now the bleeding ‘parent’ in this scenario.

You can be a Teacher’s pet all you like … unfortunately that now means nothing.

They are now measuring your worth on what your precious first born has brought to the classroom and your guard is up straight away ready to prove he is a/ the perfect child b/ any bad aspects are purely from his Father and c/ any good qualities are down to outstanding mothering.

Your mind starts to race at what he has been up to when you haven’t been around: has he suffocated the class pet? Has he stolen someone’s free milk? Has he tied the teacher’s laces together.

 Or written ‘Mrs Smelly Bottom’ on the board?

As an ex teacher I understand the kiss-punch-kiss or compliment sandwich technique of feedback. So I sit on the tiny plastic seat hoping it doesn’t snap or get wedged entirely onto my arse and I await the results.

“He is doing great. He’s great with numbers. He’s got a fab memory.” O.k, there goes the kiss. I await the punch…

“He can get pretty angry, and he stamps his feet.” Obviously gets that from his father!

“He’s also overly tactile with other children when he gets excited and some of them don’t like it.” She finishes. We discuss boundaries.

He’s just full of love bless him. 

She finishes with lots of positives to finish her sandwich and I feel relieved. I also feel so grateful to the teacher who seems utterly wonderful and who I know from experience will be overworked and underpaid. I think about what nice gift to get her for the end of term. Box of wine should do it.

So – how do you survive?

Be prepared for the kiss-punch-kiss technique, don’t be overly defensive, remember they’re only four and be thankful they haven’t set fire to the class teddy, glued the numicons together or egged the Head teacher … yet.

First Ever Parents’ Evening