Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Playing for Laughs: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Playing for Laughs: Resources

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Introduce fun and games into football training with Mr Bean.

Mr Bean made a surprising appearance at last year's Olympics Opening Ceremony. This bumbling comic character, played by Rowan Atkinson, would not usually be associated with sporting prowess. Nonetheless, he pops up again in Soccer Drills, a book that offers instructions for 190 training sessions for all levels of youth and adult football teams.

Compiled by David Smith, a teacher and football coach since the late 1980s (whose football drill resources have proved popular on TES Connect), the original games and activities aim to enliven football training sessions, with each drill broken down into step-by-step diagrams.

"Mr Bean's moment" involves players jogging around the playing area while the coach shouts out the names of different types of beans. The players then respond with specific actions: "jumping bean" demands students bounce about; "baked bean" offers a chance to lie down and sunbathe (weather permitting); and the entertaining "jelly bean" requires participants to stand still, then wobble like a jelly.

After a few more beans we get to Mr Bean himself: students are required to evoke the iconic character by sitting down and pretending, in his idiosyncratic style, to drive a Mini. …

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