Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00
A sports satellite club based in Corby has been named as the best in East Midlands, in recognition of its work to help get more young people playing sport.
The satellite club delivered by Corby Amateur Boxing Clubhas brought boxing into the heart of Corby. Started in April 2015, the club was designed to attract young people that had not engaged in any traditional extra-curricular activities. Since the launch, over 30 young people have attended the sessions and a number of them have become licensed boxers at the club.
Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs, which use different venues such as a secondary schools or colleges to offer a range of sports to young people who may not be regularly active, or lack the confidence to join a sports club.
Using National Lottery funding, 9,348 satellite clubs have been established across England, helping to get 430,286 young people into sport since 2012. By 2017, every secondary school in England will have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site. Satellite clubs are delivered by community sports clubs supported by the network of county sports partnerships and national governing bodies of sport.
15-year-old Connor Scott who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire said "The Satellite Club inspired to me join the community club and train weekly. Before joining, I wasn't sure if boxing was for me but John the coach has helped to increase my confidence and I am looking forward to my future with the club."
Director of Community Sport at Sport England, Mike Diaper, said: "Congratulations to Corby Amateur Boxing Club and The Kingswood Secondary Academy . Given the benefits of being active it's really important that we do all we can to engage people who might think sport isn't for them. Thanks to their hard work, the satellite club is creating formidable pathways to help get young people in Corby tobecome active in the best way that suits them."
Chris Holmes, Director at Northamptonshire Sport added "Corby Amateur Boxing Club and The Kingswood Secondary Academy can be very proud of this award. Offering young people an opportunity to stay active and play more sport, their efforts are making a real difference to community sport in in Corby."
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:49
On Wednesday 9th November 2016, 23 teams from across the partnership took part in the Year 5/6 Key Steps Gymnastics Competition at Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School. Those participating in the competition have a series of routines to practice and remember off by heart before performing them in front of a number of judges. The Judges, young leaders from both Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School, undertook a training workshop in advance of the competition, to adequately prepare them to be able to confidently and competently judge the routines to a high standard.
Throughout the year the partnership run three levels of competition and each and every one of them is highly contended – the effort and determination that is invested in the gymnastics to prepare them for these competitions is second to none, which subsequently always results in an exceptionally high quality competition.
As a Level 3 qualifying event the partnership is able to put forward two schools to represent it at the standalone Level 3 School Games event in May 2017.
Thanks to Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School for preparing their leaders and allowing the partnership to utilise their facilities and equipment.
1st: Abington Vale Primary*
2nd: Ecton Brook Primary*
3rd: Lings Primary
*Qualify for the Level 3 School Games
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:08
On Friday 4th November 2016, six Enhanced Schools participated in the Year 3/4 Dance Festival at Dexterity Dance School (Estha Jones School of Dance). Highly trained and experienced Dance Teachers from Dexterity Dance School led the sessions; each group were allocated a different genre of dance.
The effort, enthusiasm and determination to achieve throughout this session was displayed by all the participants, and the sheer joy and excitement oozed out of them all.
Each school was tasked with performing their dance back in their own school during an assembly or celebration event. Teachers were fully engaged in the session as well learning the dance to enable them to support their pupils once they returned to school and to help them prepare to showcase their performance.
We are hugely grateful to Dexterity Dance School who hosted the event for us and allowed the participants to learn from the very best of teachers!
We established a link with a Dance School to enable pupils to persue their interests in Dance should they so wish.
Tel: 01604 877577
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:15
On Friday 21st October, Malcolm Arnold Academy hosted the first Secondary Sports Leaders Conference of the year. Over 30 young leaders attended the conference and the students had the choice of 2 out of the 3 different workshops on offer.
The conference was designed to be very practical, with the delegates gaining skills in emergency first aid, delivering an inclusive session and effective communication to lead. All attendees were fully engaged, enthusiastic and motivated for all sessions and their behaviour was a real credit to their schools.
We hope that these students can now take these skills learnt from the conference back to their schools and make a real difference in supporting their leadership programmes
Following the success of this event, a second conference will be planned for the spring.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:44
The Sportshall Awards Scheme is an ideal personal best challenge within and between schools. It provides an ideal opportunity for SGOs to advocate an established programme which has proved successful across many partnerships around the Country.
With an increased emphasis on providing personal best challenges in curriculum time the Sportshall Awards Scheme is an enjoyable programme with many PE and cross curricular benefits:
• Provides individuals with personal self-improvement goals
• Fully inclusive with adapted activities provided
• All the resources are available online for free - Awards Resources
• The programme can actively engage every child in KS2
• Can be used as induction tests at KS3 and to identify the gifted and talented
• Ideal opportunity for pupils to plan and deliver their own sessions
• Links directly to preparing for Sportshall Athletics School Games competitions
• Enables house/intra-school and inter-school competition
• Results help monitor progress within schools
• Badges & certificates can be used to reward individual progress
• A centrally managed National Virtual League is provided for schools across the Country to chart their progress
• Most schools already have equipment to deliver the programme themselves
• Children ENJOY the activities
We hope you see the value and benefits and your advocacy of the programme as a solution to introducing personal best challenges to your schools would be valued.
If there is interest to initiate area wide delivery programmes even more benefits can be derived:
- We can manage and run local virtual leagues for you
- Area wide progress monitoring programmes can be undertaken
- Grant and Local Pilot funding has previously been secured for the delivery of local projects
'We have been using the Sportshall Awards programme extensively for a number of years across Nottingham and it has proved to be the ideal programme to engage students in a personal best challenge. The activities that it incorporates are ideal to assess the students fundamental movement and athletic skills, and it provides the ideal vehicle to engage students in a meaningful leadership and officiating capacity as well.'
Nick Robb, Ellis Guilford, PE and School Sport Manager
We believe that Athletics is in a unique position to provide a well balanced personal best challenge.
The programme & resources already exist and most schools already have Sportshall equipment! If we can introduce local programmes / encourage them to use the kit in a standardised format then locally, regionally and nationally we could have some really important and valuable information about relative progress in our schools. Please find attached a Case Study from an extensive programme of delivery in Ontario, Canada.
There is no cost associated in engaging in the programme (certificates and badges are additional/supplementary). We would actively encourage anyone to use the standardised format to secure your own local funding but would appreciate any results to be fed back into the National Virtual League so we can grow and demonstrate programme growth.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:34
On Thursday 6th October 2016, The Goals Centre hosted the Year 7 Girls and Boys 5-a-side Football. The competition was a good quality, as schools had everything to play for if they wanted to represent the Partnership at the ESFA Regional U12 Indoor competition early in 2017.
Thanks to all the Teachers who refereed the games.
Year 7 - Boys
1st - Abbeyfield School
2nd - NSB
3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy
Year 7 - Girls
1st - The Duston School
2nd - NSG
3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:20
Northampton School Sports Partnership has seen a phenomenal improvement in the number of schools achieving School Games Mark awards and the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze standards achieved for the academic year 2015/2016...it was our best ever haul of awards, so many thanks for all your efforts.
To recognise and reward theses schools for their achievements the Northampton School Sports Partnership will be hosting an achievements assembly - further details about this event will be sent shortly.
|Abington Vale Primary School|
|Boothville Primary School|
|Briar Hill Primary School|
|Bridgewater Primary School|
|Earl Spencer Primary School|
|Ecton Brook Primary School|
|Kings Heath Primary Academy|
|Lings Primary School|
|Weston Favell CofE Primary School|
|All Saints CofE VA Primary School|
|Delapre Primary School|
|Headlands Primary School|
|Malcolm Arnold Academy|
|Northampton School for Boys|
|Parklands Primary School|
|Queen Eleanor Primary Academy|
|The Arbours Primary Academy|
|Barry Primary School|
|Blackthorn Primary School|
|Hunsbury Park Primary School|
|Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School|
|Kingsthorpe Village Primary School|
|Millway Primary School|
|Rectory Farm Primary School|
|Simon de Senlis Primary School|
|Spring Lane Primary School|
|St Mary's Catholic Primary School|
|Standens Barn Primary School|
|The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School|
|Vernon Terrace Primary School|
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:13
The first half term is always a busy one for the NPAT cluster, with each school keen to get their young leaders trained up ready for action. We finished the term with every schools training complete and 150 students across the cluster ready to lead lunchtime/club activities for the rest of the year. I look forward to my drop ins next half term to see them all in action!!
This half term also saw the first of our Multisport Festivals (Year 6) with fantastic attendance and the Academy leaders commenting on the fantastic effort and behaviour of the students.
The final highlight has been the Year 5/6 pre-level 2 Tag rugby practice, which took place at Northampton Saints, led by their expert team of coaches. It was fantastic to see so many children honing their skills, working on their team performance and enjoying the opportunity to practise before the big competition- this translated into some fantastic performances at the competition the following day- well done all!
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:09
Wow I don't know about you, but this term has really flown by. It has been a busy exciting term for the Northampton Academy cluster. Over the past few weeks I have been delivering the first part of the young leaders training which has been an amazing experience and something that I have really enjoyed delivering. A special mention must go to the children at Rectory Farm, they were brilliant and demonstrated many of the school games qualities including, teamwork, passion, respect, determination and self-belief. They were eager to become good young leaders and were very motivated with all the activities that I gave them to do. I have also had the pleasure of completing Rectory Farm's second part of their leadership training, again what an amazing afternoon. The children actually led to a class of Year 2's, they actually planned and delivered a Multiskill Festival. It was fantastic to witness so many children leading in a positive way. They were clearly demonstrating leadership qualities including, good organisation, cooperation, communication, enjoyment and responsibility. The young leaders were a real credit to Rectory Farm. I can't wait to see the progress that they make over the year with their leadership roles at lunchtimes.
The Northampton Academy leadership students held a fantastic Multisport Festival for year 6 pupils in our cluster. The leaders planned and delivered some exciting activities which included Athletics, Football, Tag Rugby, Rounders and Multiskills. The Year 6 pupils were mixed with other schools which gave them an opportunity to develop their confidence and to make new friends. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities and it was such a pleasure to see so many smiley, happy and excited children taking part in physical activity. The teachers were full of praise and commented that they were so impressed with some of their pupils who they thought would not engage in the activities, they did however prove them wrong and left saying, 'This was the best day ever'.
Some of our schools went to Northampton Saints RFC for the pre-level 2 Tag Rugby practice session, this was led by several Saints coaches. The feedback I have received was very positive, the children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the session, it gave schools the chance to prepare for the competition the following day.
We have more exciting events taking place next term including a Year 5 Multisport Festival which will again be delivered by the amazing young leaders at Northampton Academy. We also have a New Age Kurling level 2 practice session at Northampton Academy this will help children to prepare for the level 2 competition. I will be completing the second part of the young leaders training to all schools and very much look forward to seeing them delivering activities to the younger children.
Hannah Henry, SSCo
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:04
This term has been a busy one right from the word go. Year 5 pupils from four of our primary schools have undergone their Young Leaders training. This has been run either as a full day or two half day training sessions. The pupils have all been outstanding and a real credit to their schools. At the end of the training the pupils worked in small groups to organise and run activities for KS1 children. I was really proud of how well they all did and I look forward to visiting them later in the year to see how they are getting on.
At the start of October Kingsthorpe College hosted a Tag Rugby practice event for Year 5/6 pupils. The aim of the event was to prepare the pupils in preparation for an upcoming Level 2 Tag Rugby competition. The event started with a variety of coaching drills that focussed on developing their rugby skills and techniques. All the teams then went on to take part in a mini tournament, competing against each other and getting experience of a real game. We were really lucky to have a Northampton Saints Rugby Coach attend the event to give some brilliant tips and advice to the teams. Two Year 13 students worked alongside the coach to referee the matches and support throughout the event.
Year 8 and 9 students from Kingsthorpe College put together a range of activities for our first multi-sport festival of the year. 75 Year 6 children from our cluster primary schools came for the event and moved around a rotation of activities that the young leaders had prepared. These included hockey, benchball, races and teambuilding games. It was great to see the Year 6 children from all the schools mixing together and having a great time.
In preparation for the Year 5/6 Gymnastics competition after half term, I have been going into some of the primaries to help their teams prepare. It is brilliant to see the dedication of the pupils who are giving up lots of their lunchtimes to practice their routines and skills. Best of luck to all the pupils competing!
Alex Bennett, SSCo