25 Jan GOTS scholars having a ball outdoors
There were squeals of laughter and shouts of “pass it”, “over here”, and “I’m free” as Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School secondary students returned to outdoor physical education classes early this month.After a year’s break due to Covid-19, the school resumed football classes at the Sime Darby Field in Bukit Jelutong.
Moving forward, it will have two such sessions per week – on Thursdays and Fridays.
“It feels great to have some outdoor activities.
“I would like to thank the management of Sime Darby for allowing us to use the field,” said GOTS International School physical education coach, Mohd Ruszaiman Mohd Idrus.
“As you can see, the kids are enjoying themselves. But it will not just be football.”
Ruszaiman, who has a ‘D’ Coaching Licence from the Football Association of Malaysia said to be more inclusive, GOTS International School will include Frisbee next month.
“That can be fun. It can be physically demanding, too.”
The 50-odd students are separated into six groups, with one captain each.
Each team has eight to 10 players, and if a side is a player short, it is allowed to “borrow” a player to even up the numbers.
Ruszaiman had taught the scholars drills during their indoor classes and was happy to see them use the techniques during the football games.
“We were not idle even when we had online physical education classes,” said Ruszaiman, who is fondly called ‘Cikgu Man’.
“The school ensured everyone was active, even when they studied at home. When they returned to school, we did drills to prepare them for when we returned to outdoor classes.
“I am pleased to see most of them remembered what they were supposed to do.”