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Rugby in the media


Learning about sport and the media through rugby.

Unit aim

To explore students' perceptions about sport and sporting role models as portrayed in the media.

General overview

Students consider the social and cultural practices that surround rugby and the media influences, which support these social and cultural practices. Students devise a modified game which considers students' perception of rugby and any possible barriers to participation in rugby.

Key area(s) of learning

Sport Studies, Mental Health, and Physical Activity.

Underlying concepts

This unit will enable students to recognise the need for mutual care and shared responsibility between themselves, other people, and society (socio-ecological perspective), and develop a responsible and positive attitude towards well-being by valuing themselves and other people (attitudes and values).


Learning outcome

Learning experiences

Assessment opportunities

3D1 Identify how participation and performance in rugby is influenced by media portrayals of sport and sportspeople. Use wall of fame and wall of shame activity to explore media messages.Relate media messages to student's feelings, beliefs, and actions about sport.Discuss media messages about rugby and their influence, for example, restricting people from or attracting people to rugby as a sport Students in pairs or as a team brainstorm and justify a position on the wall of fame and wall of shame activity.
4D3/4 Specify individual responsibility and take collective action for the care and safety of others during a modified rugby programme. Students share their feelings about playing rugby.Students modify the game of rugby to reduce barriers to participation.Students devise a team treaty and accept responsibility to keep to the treaty Students can peer and/or self assess their individual ability to keep to the treaty.

Possible teaching approaches

Sport education and social inquiry model.

Possible lesson sequence:

Word icon. Rugby and the Media (Possible lesson sequence) (Word, 47 KB)

PDF icon. Rugby and the Media (Possible lesson sequence) (PDF, 19 KB)

Students worksheets:

Word icon. Rugby in the Media (Team Rules and Regulations) (Word, 24 KB)

PDF icon. Rugby in the Media (Team Rules and Regulations) (PDF, 6 KB)