Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:00
Drowning Prevention week is now drawing to a close for another year but the messages around Drowning Prevention and Water Safety should always be adhered to and never taken likely. Drowning accounts for more deaths in the UK each year than through Fire, and walkers and joggers are at most risk of getting into difficulty in or near water.
Following on from the fantastic work carried out earlier this year with Hardingstone Academy, the school's water Safety Ambassadors have been working with Steve Jackson to come up with some advice and guidance on staying safe around water.
The students have recently produced a "Sky News" piece covering some interesting facts around water safety with some hard hitting facts about the number of deaths due to drowning each year, one every 20 hours in the UK. You can watch the student's excellent video here.
The young people at Hardingstone Adacemy have been fantastic, engaged and so professional throughout the course of the programme taking on their role as water safety ambassadors very seriously. As part of their recent new piece, students interviewed Senior fire officer and CFOA lead officer for Drowning prevention, Dawn Whittaker. Dawn was impressed with the students and the work they have done to raise awareness of drowning
"I sincerely hope the young people involved have gained both confidence and water safety and drowning prevention knowledge from the project, which I believed addressed such a wide range of educational attainment objectives."
Dawn will be joining Steve Jackson next weekend at the Royal Lifesaving Societies (RLSS) national conference and AGM, which is taking place in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, you can contact Steve on Steve.Jackson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or visit http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/drowning-prevention-week
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00
Our Level 3 School Games final are now in full flow. We have our annual summer School Games on 7th July but various stand alone competitions are also taking place throughout June and July.
On Friday 24th June, we hosted the year 5 and 6 level 3 Swimming Finals at Corby International pool.
Two schools from each of the five partnerships took part in a series of 11 different races. All schools had a mixture of boys and girls taking part in a variety of events including butterfly and back stroke as well as relay races.
After the finals were completed, SouthEnd Junior School from Rushden and Nicholas Hawksmoor from Towcester were tied on points so a "swim off" was needed to determine a winner.
SouthEnd just snatched the win, with Parklands from Northampton coming third.
While the judges sorted out the medal ceremony, we were joined by special guest Eleanor Robinson, an inspirational swimmer from Northampton Swimming Club, who is going to the Paralympics in Rio in September.
Eleanor came to present the medals to the teams, but she also offered us her time to talk about her achievements and dreams. Eleanor trains 8 times a week and now has a nutritional plan to follow, in order to keep herself in the best shape for Rio.
She spoke about how excited she is to be part of a team of 31 athletes, aged 13-30plus, all heading out for the Paralympics in September. She takes it all in her stride and is clearly loving and living the dream.
Eleanor presented our third and second place medals before having a picture with the eventual winners, SouthEnd Junior School. Well done to all teams and thank you and Good Luck to Eleanor in Rio.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00
School children from across Northamptonshire took the plunge this week to find
out about the potential dangers of open water.
Under the watchful eye of instructors and safety experts, students from four secondary schools were allowed into the river to experience what it is like to contend with currents and cold temperatures when swimming.
The activity, held at the Nene Whitewater Centre in Northampton, was all part of a special Water Safety Day organised to coincide with the Royal Life Saving Society's Drowning Prevention Week (June 18-26).
Organisers of the day included the centre's staff as well as Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS). The students involved were from The Duston School, The Ferrers School, Huxlow Science College and Rushden Academy.
The aim of the day was to teach young people more about water safety, how to carry out safe rescues and about how to carry out lifesaving techniques.
Anglian Water also lent its support to the event by donating £100 to each school to help support the students' ideas for communicating key water safety messages to other pupils who were not able to take part in the day.
Steve Jackson, Schools Swimming Manager at Northamptonshire Sport, said:
"This is the third year we have run this and it always has a positive impact in teaching young people more about CPR, about the potential dangers of open water swimming and the effects that cold water can have on the body.
"Sometimes it isn't effective just to say to children 'don't do this', but it is better to make sure they are informed and know more about the decisions they make when it comes to their behaviour in or near water."
Since 2009, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service has rescued 88 people from water, including nine people who died and eight people who were injured. In the year 2015-2016 alone, 19 people were rescued from water.
These rescues included a variety of circumstances, such as multiple cases involving people who were freed from cars stuck in water. Nationally, one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more suffer life changing injuries through near drowning.
Jo Gouldson, Community Safety Officer at NFRS, said:
"Drowning Prevention Week gives us an excellent opportunity to educate young people about water safety messages and the Water Safety Day at Nene Whitewater Centre has allowed us to do that in a very practical way, so pupils can get a real sense of conditions in the water.
"It doesn't matter how strong a swimmer people think they are, stretches of open water always have dangers, whether that be cold temperatures, depth and strong currents, or hidden hazards in the water itself. It is important this is properly understood by people of all ages who might consider this kind of activity."
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:00
This summer we are again proud to support the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code (OKSSC); the UK's only free sun protection resource bank and accreditation scheme, for all those who work outdoors with kids. By getting OK accredited individuals and groups can be better equipped to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun whilst they enjoy physical activity outdoors.
This year the focus is on taking action; because as we all know, despite good intentions, sun protection doesn't work in a kit bag! The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund; the charity behind the initiative, has launched a campaign to recruit a team of OK Champions to help spread the word on the importance of sun protection and inspire others.
OK Champions will be made up of people like you; coaches, volunteers, parents, carers, teachers and young people from all sports, who are keen to help create a healthier core nation.
Melanoma is one of the fastest rising cancers in the UK today and can be sparked by over exposure to the sun, in particular sunburn. All children should grow-up without the risk of developing this, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and the best way to achieve this is to take action and help Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!
OK Champions can get involved and make a difference in the following ways:
1. Raise awareness of the OKSSC at sporting events, including school sports days and summer fairs.
2. Promote the OKSSC within your school, club or organisation.
3. Persuade colleagues and other sports leaders to visit the OKSSC website to find out why they should get OK Accredited.
4. Promote your activity in a blog and inspire others.
5. Pledge to become a 'case study' for media opportunities.
6. Help fundraise for the OKSSC by organising an OK sporting event.
7. Take a sporting challenge and make the OKSSC your charity of choice.
8. Challenge your club or school to make a difference.
9. Get children to make 'the importance of sun protection' their key project for summer.
10. Or just get OK Accredited, and tell friends and colleagues why you take sun protection seriously.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:43
School leaders from across Northamptonshire gathered at the House of Lords on Tuesday to raise awareness of the Youth Sport Trust's PE2020 Active Healthy Minds programme which is supporting young people across the county.
P2020 Active Healthy Minds has been established in Northamptonshire since September 2015 and aims to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11 to 18.
By building a foundation of core life skills through physical education and physical activity the programme allows young people to positively manage their mental wellbeing and achieve their full potential.
The House of Lords event today included representatives from schools across Northamptonshire and partners involved in delivering the programme.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
"PE2020 Active Healthy Minds is a crucial partnership for the Youth Sport Trust as it is tackling some of the biggest challenges young people face as they progress through school.
"We know that active children enjoy better physical and mental health, social wellbeing, cognitive and academic performance. This positive impact not only helps children at school but also in adult life which is why our work in Northamptonshire is making such a difference."
Councillor Matt Golby, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for children's services said:
"We are pleased to be supporting this exciting programme in Northamptonshire. The unique impact PE and sport has on the physical and emotional development of children and young people can improve their life skills and in doing so, make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of children in our county."
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:17
The latest edition of Northamptonshire Sport's SPRINT Magazine should now have arrived in schools across the county. Please take the time to look through the magazine, and if you are interested in publishing an article in it to share good practice or celebrate success at your school please do not hesitate to contact Steve Jones on Steve.Jones@firstforwellbeing.co.uk
Check out the latest issue here
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:54
Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile to safeguard children in sport?
The CPSU want to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those within sport that go the extra mile to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded when taking part in sports activities. We want to hear about the achievements of individuals at a club, facility or activity level including examples of why you feel they deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution.
Here are some examples of the work of previous Safeguarding Stars
• Performing many different safeguarding roles, including delivering Welfare Officer training
• Providing practical help and support to a number of clubs in managing safeguarding incidents involving children's welfare
• Spending time visiting clubs and discussing issues always ensuring a child-friendly approach to cases
• Implementing sound safeguarding systems, codes of conduct, support and guidance, and providing monthly briefings to all team managers
• Setting up and developing an inclusive sports squad, catering for young people with varying needs. Disability was not a barrier to involvement.
All nominees will receive an acknowledgment from the CPSU. As in previous years, a panel of young NSPCC supporting sports people will review and select six individuals whose contributions to safeguarding children in their club, organisation or sport stand out in their opinion. Awards to these six nominees will feature at the CPSU national safeguarding event 'Safeguarding in sport: Taking our lead from young people' on 5th October 2016 at Wembley. Further information on this conference will be sent to you shortly.
Please complete the attached nomination form and return it to us by no later than 1st July 2016 or download form https://thecpsu.org.uk/news/2016/april/the-cpsu-launches-2016-safeguarding-star-awards/
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:16
Daventry Leisure Centre was the host of the South Northants and Daventry SSP School Games Year 5/6 Swimming Gala on Tuesday 7th June as teams from 16 primary schools around the districts completed for places at the Level 3 Finals.
The event saw teams from Helmdon, Southfield, Pitsford, Guilsborough Crick, Deanshanger, Overstone, Upton Meadows, Brixworth, Woodland View, Brackley Juniors, Ashby Fields, CCS, Bracken Leas, Wootton and Nicholas Hawksmoor compete across 11 different individual and relay races. All the races were kindly supported by club volunteers from Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club, who took on the role of officiating over the races and conducting the timekeeping.
The teams competed across three heats with time from the three then being compared to give an overall position for each event. Teams/swimmers finishing in the top 6 then earnt point towards their team total with 6pts being awarded to 1st place and 1pt given to 6th place. Races included the 4x25m Medley and Freestyle Relays and individual events for boys and girls in breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. The event finished off with the Cannon Relay where 8 swimmers competed for each school.
Once all of the races had finsihed and all of the scores had been counted, it was Nicholas Hawksmoor who claimed victory with 49 points. Last year's district winners Wootton edged 2nd place with 41 points with current County Champions Bracken Leas claiming third with 38 points. Full results of each individual race as well as the overall team scores can be found in the attachment at the bottom of this report.
The SSP would like to thank all of the swimmers, teachers and parents who supported and encouraged everyone during the competition. They would also like to reserve special thanks to all of the volunteers from Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club who without their help, the event would not have been possible.
Good luck to Nicholas Hawksmoor and Wootton as they progress to the School Games Level 3 Swimming Finals at Corby International Pool on Friday 24th June.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:59
On Wednesday 20th April 2016 Northampton SSP were blessed with fabulous weather to host two Year 3/4 Tri-Golf Festivals. We continued our well established partnerships, hosting our festivals at Collingtree Golf Club and Brampton Heath Golf Club.
It was very evident that many of the schools had taken the time to prepare and providing practice opportunities for their teams - the impact of the investment is that the quality of the competition is greatly improved and the experience the pupils have is so much more positive and rewarding. It was also very encouraging to see lots of new pupils given the opportunity to compete in a School Games competition.
If anyone is interested in pursuing their interest in Gold they should contact
Kieren Thomas - Brampton Heath Golf Club - 01604 843939
Jon Gibson - Collingtree Golf Club - 01604 700000
1st: Lings Primary*
2nd: Abington Vale Primary*
3rd: Boothville Primary
*The school qualify for the Level 3 School Games
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:49
The first ever Northampton SSP hosted Rugby 7's Competition was hosted on Northampton Saints training ground. Despite some good efforts by all the teams entered Malcolm Arnold Academy dominated the competition and were really quite impressive in every game they played. As an RFU 'All School' they have benefited from investment by the RFU through coaching opportunities, teacher education and competitions.
1st: Malcolm Arnold Academy*
2nd: Northampton Academy
3rd: The Duston School
*School qualify for the Level 3 School Games