Trans­fer­ring vol­ley­ball skills to class

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By MATT SHAND

Lin­den School teacher Ben Glue is us­ing his world-class vol­ley­ball skills to teach chil­dren the value of team­work and how to reach their goals.

The 26- year- old New Zealand men’s vol­ley­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive is head­ing to Ja­pan on Septem­ber 1 to at­tend the Asian qual­i­fi­ca­tions tour­na­ment but in be­tween train­ing he is help­ing Lin­den School with their Grow­ing Great Men pro­gramme.

It aims to help school­boys deal with prob­lems they may face in the fu­ture.

Mr Glue said vol­ley­ball was the per­fect sport to teach pupils and was only too happy to of­fer his skills to the pro­gramme.

‘‘Vol­ley­ball is the ul­ti­mate team game be­cause there are no in­di­vid­u­als on the court,’’ he said.

‘‘In sports like bas­ket­ball, a pro­fes­sional play­ing with am­a­teurs can dom­i­nate the game. But in vol­ley­ball each player is look­ing af­ter a sec­tor, so you re­ally are only as strong as ev­ery mem­ber on the team.

‘‘This helps teach chil­dren about com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team work. But it is also about the value of pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships – they have to all keep each other mo­ti­vated and pos­i­tive to suc­ceed.’’




Pa­trick Ho­gan, 9, said the Grow­ing Great Men pro­gramme was awe­some and he par­tic­u­larly liked play­ing vol­ley­ball.

‘‘It’s re­ally fun. Mr Glue is teach­ing us how to play and it’s cool to be part of a Lin­den School team,’’ Pa­trick said.

Many of the boys en­joyed the sport so much they have formed a team and are pre­par­ing for some tour­na­ment play.

Mr Glue’s pas­sion for teach­ing and help­ing chil­dren came from his ear­lier days as a vol­ley­ball coach.

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed coach­ing but it is pretty hard to make a liv­ing out of that in New Zealand, so teach­ing was a good fit.’’

He is a pro­vi­sion­ally reg­is­tered teacher at Lin­den School and is fo­cus­ing more on teach­ing af­ter real­is­ing that his pro­fes­sional vol­ley­ball days are nearly be­hind him.

‘‘I’ve played vol­ley­ball at the top level for seven years and played for many more be­fore that,’’ he said.

‘‘I hope to get two more years in the national team but vol­ley­ball is par­tic­u­larly tough on the knees and shoul­ders, which are start­ing to get sore af­ter so many matches.

‘‘Lin­den School has re­ally taken me un­der their wing, and I am keen to stick around and teach chil­dren here.’’


Tips from the top: Ben Glue teaches Pa­trick Ho­gan, 9, the cor­rect way to set the ball while Raneldo Li­va­pulu, 11, looks on.

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