Rob Vickerman, England Rugby Sevens Captain. Sky Sports Athlete Mento
So what is VX? The BBC World Service called it ‘the best sport you’ve never heard of!’
It’s the simplest sport there is – not a derivative of any single sport but with elements of pelota, dodgeball, hockey and lacrosse. There are no goals, no markings, no zones, no targets. Players can move anywhere and they score points by hitting an opponent with a ball (scores 1 point) or catching a ball (scores 3 points). It can be played as a team, singles or doubles but is flexible and versatile enough to meet all local conditions and has an impact like nothing you’ve ever seen!
It’s gender neutral at all levels in all disciplines and is an inclusive sport that is also accessible to players with a wide-range of physical and cognitive impairments. It increases participation and gets both sporty and non-sporty children involved and beginners can be playing at a fast pace in just ten minutes.
VX has had a massive impact in both primary and secondary schools across the UK, is spreading rapidly across the world and already has international competition up to World Cup level!
Sitting squarely in the National Curriculum it ticks all your PE & Sport Premium boxes and is suitable for all ages and abilities, VX emphasises honesty and integrity in sport. Schools use it in many ways, both in the curriculum and for after-school. It involves a massive amount of both aerobic and anaerobic fitness,– but the youngsters don’t realise how hard they are working.
As Rachel Mackenzie Jones (Thai Boxing World Champion & Sky Sports Athlete Mentor) says: “Fantastic that I got to play my new favourite sport … VX should be compulsory on the PE curriculum.’