Recommended age group: 11–14
Time required: one 45–60 minute session
Equipment: Keeping cool activity sheets, player for film, equipment for chosen sporting activity.


Part 1

  1. Watch the Fair Play film and get young people to talk about what they found interesting and highlight key points from what different athletes were saying. Distribute the Sporting behaviours cards. The boxes have been left blank so that pupils can discuss the behaviours and populate the scores based on their opinions. Use these as you think is appropriate for the discussion around good and bad sporting behaviours.
  2. Young people should pick a card and discuss the severity of each positive or negative sporting behaviour. They must give each behaviour a value between +1 and +5 for the positive behaviours with a +5 being the best. Pupils must give a -1 to -5 score for the negative behaviours with -5 being the worst.
  3. Ask the class to discuss in groups examples of unsporting behaviour from their experience or from watching sport. Feed back to the class what they chose and why, what were the consequences if any and was this fair?

Part 2: Practical activity

  1. Instruct each team to select a coach and an umpire and the remainder of the team can be players. (For more of a challenging session, additional roles can be added e.g. warm-up leader, team spirit booster etc.) These roles can be rotated throughout the lesson.
  2. Choose any competitive sporting game where young people can play against each other in teams such as Benchball or Dodgeball and set them off to play.
  3. Pick one player from each team to start with and hand them a Scenario card (there are three provided for different age groups). They must act out their scenario at an appropriate time during the game. Select different players, the coach or the umpire at various intervals during the game to act out a scenario card and observe the behaviour of the class.
  4. Give the umpire a pack of Consequence cards and explain that they can award these to any player or coach if they are displaying negative sporting behaviour which deserves a sanction.
  5. Teams can rotate around and play against different opponents and during each match they will experience different sports behaviour scenarios and consequences.

Part 3: Reflection

  1. As a summary activity ask the class how did it make them feel when someone cheated or showed unsporting behaviour?
  2.  In pairs, ask young people to come up with their top three reasons for why fair play is so important in:
    1. sport
    2. in life
  3. Get each pair to feed back to the class.
  4. Challenge activity – young people can create and write down their own sporting behaviour scenarios and consequences to be used throughout the game play to test each other's responses and decision-making skills. Use the Scenario and consequence card templates for this.

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Recommended age group: 13–14

  • Split young people into equal teams and get them to choose a UKAD case study to look at.
  • Each team must feed back to the class about who they chose, what the unsporting behaviour was and the consequences that were enforced – do they think the consequences were fair?