I have just started teaching a hockey unit with a challenging group of year nine students and thought i'd adapt a game of minefield (students have to dribble through an area without hitting the cone) to become more relevant and engaging for the youth of today. I modified the game so it was based on 'Call of Duty' which most of the boys are obsessed with at the moment - and changed my hockey drill to 'Call of Hockey - modern ball-fare'. This led to blowing boys up with landmines and snipers on
the roof with 'quick scope' who would take people out to be 'ghosts' and stand on a cone to do '360' manoeuvres on students dribbling through 'no-mans land'. The boys were happy to play along and wanted to continue this warm up drill for the whole lesson!! Each round we invented a new layer of 'COD' lingo and chat about gaining 'intel' and getting to the other side! If you used the wrong side of the stick you were tasered and if it touched your foot you were also taken down. By the end of it all the students were improving with dribbling and their skill had definitely improved. If I had just asked the boys to dribble around a cone and back 50 times I don't think it would have gone as well - this generation of students don't walk around the streets playing with a 'stick and a hoop' and then go home to read a book, so a TGFU approach is the key to engagement and progression.