Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:27
This year 8 special schools within Northamptonshire have been having lots of fun and learning new golf skills, thanks to the funding gained from the Golf Foundation's Grass Roots funding initiative.
The project was a collaboration between Brampton Heath Golf Club, Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire School Sports Partnership.
Initially 6 children from the 8 invited schools participated in two 1 hour coaching sessions at Brampton Heath Golf Club, hosted by golf professional Kieran Thomas.
Following on 3 children from each of the schools were able to receive ongoing weekly coaching in a wider variety of golf opportunities, including using the driving range and Putting Greens and have been able to build on their skills each week
Two very successful Tri Golf Festivals, have also been held with over 60 SEND children attending overall. These festivals have enabled the children to show the skills they have learn in a fun competitive format with a trophy, certificates and golf balls being presented to the children attending.
A Tri Golf Leadership Course delivered by Jason Sorrell, enabled over 25 young SEND leaders and 10 teachers to learn the skills necessary to help and assist others in delivering Tri Golf sessions, and organise PE lessons.
The project has been a great success, with an SEND Family Tri Golf Day and additional ongoing weekend coaching sessions planned for the future. A number of the children wish to continue to play the game regularly, with the continued support of the club, and schools, and when possible participate in regular competitions as well as join the club, with friends and family.
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:00
The 2017 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 6th July at Moulton College, as almost 1500 young athletes all gathered together to compete in a variety of sports to try and become County Champions.
The 2017 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 6th July at Moulton College, as almost 1200 young athletes all gathered together to compete in a variety of sports to try and become County Champions.
100 young leaders from local schools and clubs across the county supported the running of the competitions. Having completed a training programme prior to the event, they helped Northamptonshire Sport and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) with the smooth running of the Games.
95 schools from across the county participated and represented their School Sport Partnership in 19 different Competitions including: Archery and Arrows Inclusive Archery, Athletics (Quadkids), Basketball, a Change4Life festival finale, Cycling, Goalball, Hockey, Quick sticks Hockey, Multi Skills, Netball, Rounders, Rugby Sevens, Softball and Tennis.
The Northamptonshire School Games is part of the National School Games Programme; an Olympic Legacy programme, now in its fifth year. Delivered in the County by Northamptonshire Sport, the programme consists of two events: the Winter Games (held this year at Kettering Sports Arena in February), and the Summer Games. For the schools taking part it was the culmination of 4 months of inter-school and intra-school competitions within each of the 5 Northamptonshire School Sport Partnerships, the winners of which made it through to this Summer's Grand Final.
Athletes entered Moulton College's fantastic new Athletics track in their School Sport Partnership groups as part of a parade. Each School Sport Partnership was led in by a flag bearer from their district who has shown exceptional qualities in School Sport. Once assembled, we were treated to 7 fantastic dance routines from pupils at Overstone Primary School.
Moulton College Principal, Steve Davies then welcomed everyone to the College before our Sporting Champion, GB Wheelchair Basketball player Claire Griffiths took the stage. Claire gave an inspirational talk about her determination to play sport following the horse riding accident which left her paralysed.
Before each team went to their competitions, a representative from each partnership made a pledge relating to each of the school games values and Claire concluded with her pledge about Passion and always trying hard.
Gary Sheppard Assistant Director of Northamptonshire Sport said "Today we had the pleasure of hosting yet another fantastic day of school sport. In addition to the strongly contested competitions , the display of the School Games core values of; Respect, Self belief , Determination, Honesty, Fair Play and Passion were all recognised. 'Spirit of the Games' wrist bands were awarded to competitors demonstrating these core values during their competitions. The quality and quantity of competitors in the School Games programme here in Northamptonshire is bigger and better than ever before which shows us the value that PE and School Sport brings to schools, teachers, pupils and young leaders ."
South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership were narrowly in the lead after the Winter Games, and are hoping for a fourth School Games wins this year. All teams eagerly await the final medal tally and points from all the Summer Games competitions which will be added to the winter scores and the Northamptonshire School Games School Sport Partnership of 2017 title will be announced in the next few days.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:54
Once again every school that had practical swimming lesson delivered by one of our team last week had an element of water safety included. This ranged from a discussion about the SAFE code up to a full practical drowning prevention lesson.
On Wednesday 21st June the annual Drowning Prevention event at the Nene Whitewater Centre saw our team of instructors working alongside the centre staff and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue to teach vital life skills to 50 students from five Northamptonshire secondary schools. Throughout the day the students learned about the dangers of open water and CPR as well experiencing open water in a safe and controlled way. The day finished with a Fire Service demonstration of advanced rescue techniques.
This year a new partnership between Northamptonshire Sport and Hilton Northampton has resulted in school information packs being distributed to 85 schools across the county via our School Swimming Instructors. The information pack encourages schools to plan in some prevention work through classroom activities or assemblies by registering for free resources from RLSS UK.
In addition to the packs, staff Hilton Hotels accompanied our Schools Swimming Manager to eight different primary schools which the Hilton Northampton had 'adopted', to help pupils to understand why swimming in open water is so different to swimming in pools. The hour long workshops were based around the SAFE code and started with pupils Spotting the dangers, discussing where to get Advice from, why it is always good to go with a Friend and finally knowing how to help in an Emergency without putting themselves in danger.
Thanks to our existing and new partners last week we directly educated 4500 pupils and indirectly, via Hilton Northampton's packs, many thousands more.
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30
Most of us, including our families and children will have watched, tried and either loved or hated popular sports such as Basketball and Football but, have you ever tried a sport that combines both of those with water polo, without the water?! Chances are, probably not. This is where the increasingly popular sport of HANDBALL comes in .
Known to have originated in Greece and an emerging Olympic sport, we are on the look out for children and adults that are keen to give Handball a go in Northamptonshire and attend a new club that is being especially created for local people.
Check out the latest blog from Northampton Handball Coach António to find out how you can give it a try and access coaching . You never know, you , or your children could be on the road to future Olympic Games!
Keep Up to Date with News and Register Your Interest on the Northampton Handball Facebook Page .
António would love to hear from you .
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:54
On Thursday 4th May 2017 Northampton Academy hosted the Year 9/10 Girls Rounder's Competition, a qualifying competition for the Level 3 Summer School Games.
The quality of matches was of the highest level. This tournament preceded the start of the Year 9/10 Girls Rounder's League which is being coordinated by The Duston School to provide additional competitive opportunities for girls in Northampton.
1st: Northampton Academy*
2nd: Northampton School for Girls
3rd: Malcolm Arnold Academy
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:13
On Friday 5th May 2017 Northampton Academy hosted the KS1 Multiskill Festival competition for the Partnership Enhanced Schools, which 10 schools attended. Unlike last year the weather was pleasant throughout the day, making the competition a much nicer experience for all the pupils (and staff!) who participated.
This year the Primary Schools attending the Festival were tasked with providing a Young Leader workforce to manage each of the 8 activity stations which make up the festival format. On the whole the young leaders were well prepared and did an amazing job refreshing the participants of the aim of their activity and keeping an accurate record of their scores.
1st: Lings Primary School*
2nd: Boothville Primary School*
3rd: Abington Vale Primary School
*Schools qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:34
On Wednesday 26th April 2017 over 25 schools participated in the Year 3/4 Quicksticks Hockey Competition at Moulton College, a qualifying competition for the Level 3 Summer School Games. the standard of competition was of a good quality, which ensured highly competitive and skilful games to be played throughout the event.
Young Leaders from Northampton School for Girls undertook some leadership training in advance of the competition to prepare them to competently and confidently umpire the games on behalf of the Partnership. They conducted themselves very well on the evening of the competition, on occasions having to make some very quick and difficult decisions - Thanks to NSG for their support at this competition.
1st: Millway Primary School*
2nd: Thorplands Primary School*
3rd: Abington Vale Primary School
*Schools qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:37
On Friday 19th May 2017 12 teams descended on Overstone Scout Centre for the annual Change4Life Festival. This years Festival theme was 'Working Together', and so to reinforce the theme the festival activities were organised around team building games and an Orienteering Course.
Northampton Leisure Trust were invited to lead the Team Building Games; from sack races to water race the games and activities produced a great deal of excitement and enjoyment and very physically active young people (though I am not too sure how hard they actually knew they were working!?). The team spirit was fantastic and it was great to see how well the pupils engaged with the staff who accompanied them to the event. After the team building activities the groups were sent off on an Orienteering challenge whereby as a team they had to navigate an orienteering course collecting clues along the way. On their return to 'base' they had to use the clues they had gathered to unravel the name of a well know book.
All the teams taking part in the Festival were exceptionally well behaved and used the festival as an opportunity to try a new sport and work with their peers. It was great to see so many happy smiley faces and so many enthused young people.
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:30
National School Sport Week (NSSW) is a huge celebration of everything that is great about PE and school sport, and we invite all schools across the United Kingdom to register to take part and #celebratePE.
Whether through traditional sports such as football, hockey or netball, or in alternative activities such as parkour, dance or treasure hunts, there is something out there for everyone to enjoy and be active.
National School Sport Week started in 2008, and last year saw over 5,000 schools and 1.8 million pupils take part! Want to find out more about what to expect, or pick up some ideas for 2017? Check out our Storify from last year's event.
This year, we're delighted to be partnering with Entertainment One and TV superheroes PJ Masks for a special early years aspect to NSSW.
The initiative, entitled Power of 3 to reflect the trio of PJ Masks heroes, aims to encourage young people to be more active and take part in regular physical activity and school sport.
During National School Sport Week, every primary school or nursery setting that registers will get free access to the PJ Masks Power of 3 activity pack full of branded activities inspired by the strengths of the three main characters: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, a superhero trio of friends who embark on action-packed adventures using their superpowers of agility, strength and flight.
The first 500 early years education providers that register for the early years day as part of National School Sport Week will also receive a hard copy activation pack, which includes a wall chart, activity sheets, and stickers.
All school and early year providers will receive the following:
- Full access to the website to download resources, including a guide to planning your activities, full of ideas and examples
- Downloadable certificates and pledges for your young people.
- Opportunity to win a school visit from a star athlete by tweeting or Instagraming your best NSSW themed photos
Please share your stories with others by following @YouthSportTrust and using #NSSW and #celebratePE
For further information, please contact:
NSSW Team firstname.lastname@example.org 01509 226600
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:27
This term the Kingsthorpe Cluster primary schools have been busy preparing and competing in a variety of Level 2 competitions. It's been great to see so many children getting the opportunity to represent their schools in competitive sport. We ran a year 5/6 Pre-level 2 Athletics event at Kingsthorpe College to help prepare the pupils ahead of their competition. The event was run by an athletics coach and supported by Kingsthorpe College students. Throughout the event, the pupils developed their skills and perfected their techniques in a variety of field and track events. It was great to see the children supporting and helping each other, even when they were from different schools.
All Saints Primary hosted a Level 2 competition of their own. They invited schools from within our cluster to their school to compete in Boccia and New Age Curling. These sports had been so popular with the children in our cluster, so All Saints ran this extra competition for schools to bring along their 'B' teams. It was a great way to give more children the opportunity to represent their school in competitions.
Our young leaders are continuing to do a fantastic job within all the primary schools. The year 5 leaders have now fully taken over from the year 6 leaders and are doing brilliantly! Many of them are now preparing to help with their School Games Days that are taking place this term.
Alex Bennett, SSCo