Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:44
A Golf Foundation project to get more kids playing the game has been a huge success with one Northamptonshire school.
Lings Primary had a dozen pupils aged between four and seven years of age sign up to a series of lessons.
A year later they are all on the brink of becoming junior members at Overstone Park Golf Club.
PE co-ordinator Anne Davies is thrilled with the commitment from pupils and parents.
And she's been backed all the way by Overstone head PGA Professional Brian Mudge who has kept all the youngsters inspired.
Highlight of the course was trip to the British Masters at The Grove in Hertfordshire to see tour pros like Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in action on Wednesday.
To read more about this project visit www.pga.info/news/industry-news/2016/10/foundation-for-success.aspx
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:58
On Friday 7th October 2016 32 teams descended on Northampton Casuals Rugby Football Club to participate in the Level 2 Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Competition. The Referees had been recruited from The Duston School, where they had received high quality Rugby Officiating tutoring by Northampton Saints coaches.
As always the competitions was of a particularly high standard, and it was evident that a lot of schools had been preparing their pupils for the event since returning from the summer break.
Sadly Tag Rugby will not feature in the Level 3 Winter School Games programme this academic year as we have decided to streamline some of the sports on offer, and this is not a focus sport for the RFU to support at a Level 3 competition.
The results were;
1st - Thorplands Primary
2nd - Millway Primary
3rd Lings Primary
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:55
Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 Able and Talented Multiskill Academy: Session 1
Date: Tuesday 25th October 2016 Venue: Northampton Academy
Year 4 Participation: 23 Year 5 participation: 21 Year 6 participation: 10
Activity 1: Warm Up & 'Getting to know each other'
Athletics Warm-Up: The pupils were taken through a series of athletic style warm up skills and drills, primarily to enable staff to familiarise themselves with the level of skill and ability of the pupils. The drills ranged from walking on toes with running arms to hop scotch with alternating legs and running arms. Most of the drills were performed both forwards and backwards, because very few sports require someone just to move in a forward direction.
1-2-3: Pupils started the game by taking it in turns to alternately say the numbers 1, 2, 3 in a continuous cycle. Gradually each number was replaced by a movement and the pairs started to perform a sequence. This tasked their cognitive and social ability as they had to quickly recall the sequence, yet work with someone they didn't know.
Connect 3: The Year 6 pupils were tasked with leading this activity; the only instructions they were given were what equipment to use, the basic principle that a team had to get 3 in a row to win and it had to be organised in the style of a relay. The Year 6 pupils did a fantastic job keeping all pupils on tasking, whilst adding a great deal of challenge and enjoyment to the game.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative & Physical
Activity 2: Multi-abilities Assessment
Many primary schools in Northampton and across Northamptonshire have adopted the Real PE product, and the product is endorsed by Northamptonshire Sport.
The real PE programme provides fun and simple to follow Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE. It is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.
The assessment was a fairly informal process and involved personal and peer assessment. Pupils were given a set of real PE FUN's cards that increased in difficulty, and pupils were asked to independently work their way through the cards, but to be honest with themselves when they thought their limits had been reached – as staff we always toil with if this is the best way to deliver this element of the programme but go with the approach that children have to at some stage start to process information for themselves and to learn to be honest with themselves.
The data from the assessment will now be evaluated and each pupil will be given a personal plan to support them in their development.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative & Physical
Activity 3: Basketball (Red Team)
Club Link: www.nebctitans.co.uk/
Wow...what an incredible session! The session was led by Barry Powell, Junior Coaching Director at Northamptonshire ELITE Basketball Club and some student players from schools and colleagues across Northamptonshire. While Barry led the session the pupils were sub divided into smaller groups that were led by the current club players. These players were an inspiration to the pupils, providing them with high quality knowledge and expertise whilst providing them with the enthusiasm and motivation to keep trying. The session was delivered at a fast pace but this did not jeopardise the quality of the session, and the rosy cheeks and sheer enjoyment on the pupils faces was testament to their willingness and determination to achieve something from this session.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Creative, Social
Activity 3: Judo (Green Team)
Club Link: www.northamptosnhiresport.org
When the Green Team were told what their activity would be for the afternoon there was mixed emotions within the group; some were very eager to throw each other about whilst others more reserved! To give the pupils a realistic experience of a Judo session Dave introduced the group to a number of phrases and etiquettes of the sport, and the pupils were expected to incorporate these throughout the session. Early into the session they were shown how to 'throw' their partner onto the floor (parents please don't be alarmed they were shown the correct holding techniques and we were on Judo mats at all times!). When I revisited the group later in the session they were wresting in pairs (on their knees) to practice 'holding' their opponent to score points, and to everyone's surprise a Year 5 girls was crowned wrestling champion. The session conclude with the pupils being able to get their own back on Dave and each pupils had the opportunity to throw Dave over their shoulder. There were lots of smiling faces, and all had given this new experience every bit of effort they had.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Cognitive, Social
If I can be honest with you I was a little taken aback by the sheer number of keen and enthusiastic pupils we had turn up this morning, and I was a little worried by what we had let ourselves in for with such a large group – we have now been running the programme for the last 3 years and have built up the programme over the years, but this is the biggest group of pupils we have had by far. I really had nothing to worry about as all the pupils fully engaged in the activities and tasks they were presented with, and despite many being out of the comfort zone they were willing to give things a go even if they failed on their first attempt and so we couldn't have asked for more from them.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:11
This week the Department for Education has confirmed the 2016-17 Premium Funding for PE & School Sport grant allocation for each primary school.
The PE and School Sport Premium is a £150m-a-year government commitment to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, with most schools receiving between £8000 and £10000 per year depending on pupil numbers.
This can be used in a variety of ways, for example to hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers or provide existing staff with training but Head Teachers must publish details of how this funding is spent in a Premium Funding Review by 4th April 2017.
If your school would like to discuss how to maximise your primary school sport funding or you would like support in preparing your Premium Funding Review please contact Steve Jones, County School Sport Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:15
Places are available at the Northamptonshire Sport's Physical Education & School Sport Conference which takes place on Tuesday 22nd November at Franklins Gardens Northampton.
The conference focuses on the overwhelming evidence of increased educational attainment and progress gained as a result of providing a more 'active learning' environment in and around both primary and secondary schools.
Who is it for? Anyone within schools (primary, secondary, and special) who has a connection with PE, School Sport and Health: head teachers, senior leaders, governors, subject leads, PE teachers, PE co-ordinators and class teachers.
Workshops and practical sessions include :
For primary schools
- Maths of the Day 'Active Maths' (Practical)
- Planning and Reviewing the Premium Funding for PE and School Sport (Workshop)
- Healthy Child Advisor 121 Assessments (Workshop)
- School Games Mark - Celebrating success through a national award (Workshop)
- Developing Leadership FUNdamentals (Practical)
- real PE Innovations (Practical)
- Sainsbury's Inclusive PE Training Programme
- I-Moves Dance Demonstration (Practical)
- School Sport Managers Network (Workshop)
- IT Technology Outdoors (Practical)
- Engaging Families in Active Play: Active, Healthy Children Achieve More (Practical)
- Enabling, Enriching & Extending ALL children through real gym (Practical)
- Staff Wellbeing (Workshop)
- Deploying Sports Coaches safely and effectively (Workshop)
For secondary schools
- My Personal Best: Life – skilled through Physical Education
- Evaluating health and wellbeing in the secondary school context
- Minds in Motion
To find out more and to book go to : www.northamptonshiresport.org/pe-conference
£99 for schools booking before 31st October
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:30
Its been a pretty amazing year for Sport in Northamptonshire but who is your 2016 Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year?
The nominees for the Northamptonshire Sports Personality 2016 (sponsored by Travis Perkins) are :
- Teimana Harrison - Rugby Union
- John-Joe O'Toole - Football
- Charley Hull – Golf
- Eleanor Robinson – Swimming
- Kyren Wilson - Snooker
- Ben Duckett - Cricket
- Meghan MacLaren – Golf
- Carl Fail - Boxing
- Dermot Bailey - Wheelchair tennis
- Dylan Fletcher - Sailing
- Giles Scott - Sailing
- Hannah Barnes - Cycling
Find out more about each athlete below.
Teimana Harrison – Rugby Union (Northampton Saints) Teimana swept the board at the Saint's end of year awards evening, winning Players Player, Supporters Player and Breakthrough Player awards. He was also selected to play for England, making his debut in May 2016 against Wales
JohnJoe O'Toole – Football (Northampton Town FC) Player of the year for Northampton Town FC, helping the club to win the League 2 title. In the process the team broke their club record of 8 successive wins, extending the winning run to 9 successive games.
Charley Hull – (Golf) A member of Team GB Olympic squad, England's highest world ranked golfer was in bronze medal place after the third round before finishing tied for 7th.
Eleanor Robinson – (Swimming) Eleanor won 1 silver & 3 Bronze medals on her GB debut, a Gold & 2 Silver at the National Championships & 1 Gold & 2 Bronze at the International Championships earlier this year where she broke the 50M British Butterfly record. This qualified her for the GB Paralympic team in Rio where she went on to win a Gold in the 50m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Kyren Wilson – (Snooker) Following his success in last season, where he won his first ranking title, winning the 2015 Shanghai Masters, Kyren made the final of the Indian Open where he narrowly lost.
Ben Duckett – (Cricket) The left handed batsman/wicket keeper for Northants Steel Backs has had a stand out season, helping Northants to win the Natwest T20 Blast for the second time. His form has also bought him a call up to the England Lions squad, and this week he became the first cricketer to win the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same year.
Meghan MacLaren (Golf) Meghan is ranked 27th in the World Amateur Golf rankings and is a proven winner on the amateur golfing circuit. A plus 4 hanidcapper, Meghan played in the Curtis Cup, making the winning putt. She has recently graduated from the Florida International University where she majored in English.
Carl Fail – (Boxing) Having only made his senior debut in March, 19 year old Far Cotton ABC boxer Carl Fail began an unparalleled year of success by claiming the England Boxing Elite Senior National Title in the 69kg weight category. Carl followed this victory up by winning gold at the GB Elite Tri-Nations Championships, before his crowning achievement; a place on Team GB's Podium Potential Squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Dermot Bailey – (Wheelchair Tennis) Dermot took up wheelchair Tennis aged 8 and has become one of the most promising players in the game. This year he has broken into the world top 50, has won the national singles title, made his senior GB team debut (who won bronze at world team cup) and he has travelled to the Paralympics to experience the atmosphere as he prepares for Tokyo 2020.
Dylan Fletcher – Sailing (Olympics) One half of Team GB's 49ers sailing team, Dylan alongside his team mate Alan Signs were contenders for medals. On course early on, the pair unfortunately capsized their boat and finished in 6th position.
Giles Scott – (Sailing) The four time Finn Gold Cup winner also won the gold medal for Team GB in the Finn Class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is also involved in an America's Cup campaign with Ben Ainslie Racing.
Hannah Barnes (Cycling) Won the 2016 British National Championships women's road race, narrowly beating her sister to the title. Having only returned from injury in April, Hannah competed in the Women's Tour, where she finished 22nd, she beat a top class field to earn the title of British Champion.
You can vote online here - the winner will be announced at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards on 10th November. Each person is limited to one vote. Where the organisers believe that a person has submitted more than one vote, the additional votes will be discounted at the discretion of the organisers.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:27
Northamptonshire Sport has launched their latest teacher training programme for the 2016-17 academic year.
Courses run from September through to May across a range of subjects and include the popular annual Physical Education and School Sport Conference.
Bookings can be made online through the Northamptonshire Sport website.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:50
Northamptonshire County Council have some great prizes to give away for those schools who manage to clock up the highest number of steps, with prizes for top two Primary Schools (including infant and Junior) and top two Secondary Schools)
- 1st Place: £500 worth of vouchers towards sports equipment
- 2nd Place: £250 worth of vouchers towards sports equipment
To provide an even playing field, and ensure the competition is inclusive of all schools the highest number of steps will be calculated by adding a schools total number of accumulated steps divided by number of pupils on role (Reception to Yr 6 & Staff or Yr 7 to Year 13 & Staff).
For example NSport Primary School accumulate 20,000 steps, have 120 pupils on the school role and 30 members of staff working at the school - 20,000/150 = 133 steps.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:35
The 2016/17 Calendar of Opportunities is now live for the schools to participate in. The calendar is still waiting for some KS1 dates and additional Change4Life Festival details.
We have introduced an easier system for entry which should allow schools to track how many teams you have entered into each competition (except cross countries)
Through consultation deadlines for entries will be introduced. Schools will need to enter one term in advance and will only be able to enter that terms events.
Deadline for entries:
23rd September 2016
21st October 2016
16th December 2016
10th February 2017
31st March 2017
26th May 2017
An awful lot of time and resources are currently being wasted by schools withdrawing at late notice and failing to turn up to competitions/events organised by the Partnership. It not only causes problems to the core staff, but it also affects the other schools involved in the competition/event.
Therefore schools who fail to give at least 48 hours' notice to withdraw or fail to turn up will be fined £25. This will be ring-fenced to go towards the cost of equipment and certificates for 2017/18.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:30
Kettering's St. Andrews Church of England Primary School has been awarded special recognition this week for embedding Healthier Child principles within their school. Pupils and staff were joined by special guests to receive the recognition at a celebration on Wednesday 13th July. The special award was presented by Councillor Matthew Golby , Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Education.
Councillor Golby spoke of the fantastic initiatives that have been implemented within the school to improve healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing of children and staff. Councillor Golby went on to say;
"It Is a real honour to present the award to St. Andrews and it has been fantastic to visit classrooms where health and wellbeing is at the heart of education ".
Key successes at the school include addressing the low uptake of school meals by consulting with children and parents. As a result of this, the school created a breakfast club and cookery club where partners such as the Co-Operative and Asda have provided produce and delivered 'Fair Trade' education. Linked to this, is the 'Alive N Kicking' project to engage families with healthy eating and physical activity education.
Additionally, St. Andrews have developed an excellent provision of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity and deliver a range of after -school activities for children , which has included sport, physical activity , cooking, Little Ambassadors and much more.
Staff and Student wellbeing is at the heart of St. Andrews and the school have been commended for the initiatives such as peer mediation, mindfulness and TAHMS (Targeted Mental Health In Schools) practices within the school.
The Healthier Child Project has a team of four dedicated Healthy Child Advisors, providing tailored 1:1 support for Primary Schools including guided self-assessments and action plans to help improve Health and Wellbeing within the School community. 128 schools are engaged in the programme and if you would like to find out more information please email us email@example.com .