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Invasion games – Intercepting


Invasion games – Intercepting

Locomotor skills

This pack is designed to help pupils develop their interception skills. These skills are useful in a wide variety of sports – particularly invasion games such as basketball, football, hockey, netball and water polo.

What resources are in this pack?

How long does it take to deliver this pack?

clock 60 minutes

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to intercept a moving object (with hands or feet)
  • Travel effectively to support interception of an object
  • Work with a partner to improve interception skills
  • Navigate space to improve interception success

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Film: Invasion games - Intercepting - summary

In this film pupils learn to develop intercepting skills. See the warm-up 'The shadow game', the skill development 'Flight path' and the games in action before trying them out for yourself.


Warm-up: The shadow game

This simple, effective warm-up activity encourages movement, partner working and fun. The focus is on directional bursts of movement, observational skills and quick thinking, which prepares mind and body for the activities that follow.


Skill development: Flight path

In 'Flight path', pupils develop and practise quality interception skills. This simple activity provides a solid foundation, ahead of moving on to more tactical use of interception skills. The game is based on a ball in flight, but can be adapted to interceptions on the ground.


Game: Interception gateways

An exciting, fast-paced game for practicing interception skills. Whilst pairs of pupils aim to make as many successful passes as possible, the interceptors aim to steal the ball to earn points. 



Game: Treasure interceptors

The challenge in 'Treasure interceptors' is to pass the treasure safely across the interceptor zone – without the interceptors getting their hands on it! This game can be played by a full class in one activity area.


Cool down: Mini me goal setter

In this cool down, pupils can review their learning in pairs. They then work in larger groups to visually evaluate their progress on a learning pitch.


Star training: Beat the ball

This is a quick and fun activity that will help develop your intercepting skills. You can play it on your own or with a friend.