Working in a team

Secondary assembly about Olympic mountain biker Julien Absalon who says he can't race without his team

Working in a team dur 2,54

Teacher script to introduce film

What's your relationship like with your friends and family? How do they help you? How do you support them? Have you ever achieved anything because of the help from people around you?

Olympic champions often have a team of people around them who support them.

This might include nutritionists, technicians, mechanics, coaches, training partners, physiotherapists and psychologists.

Julien Absalon is a mountain biker from France. He is a two time Olympic gold medallist and wants to build on that success at London 2012.

In races he competes on his own but he says he is successful because of his support team.

They make sure his bikes are in a good condition and he eats the right foods.

Julien has a lot of bikes and they are quite different to a normal bike that you or your friends might own. They are very modern and light - they only weigh about 10kg.

In this film we see Julien and his team in action.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards

Ask the Assembly Question

  • Julien says he competes on his own but he needs his team around him. Do you prefer to play sport on your own or in a team?
  • Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

Have you set yourself goals? Do you think you will need a close team around you to help you to achieve your goals?

What does Julien rely on his team for? Why does he describe them as being like his family?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a team?

Do you prefer to work in a team or on your own?

Would you like be in a team supporting someone like Julien?

Julien was disappointed after he came second in the race on the video. Do you like winning or taking part?

Mountain bikers ride very fast down hill over rough terrain. What skills would you need to be a good mountain biker? Do you think you could do the same?

Ask the Assembly Question

Julien says he competes on his own but he needs his team around him. Do you prefer to play sport on your own or in a team?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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