Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:34
Northamptonshire Sport in Partnership with Create Development are facilitating the following workshop:
real PE is a fun and simple to follow Scheme of Work and support for Early Years and Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners
real PE is developed by Create Development and is fully aligned with the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements, not only does it focus on Agility, Balance and Coordination and Healthy Competition it is also designed to work on the children's personal, social, creative and cognitive skills with the objective of creating independent learners.
If you want to see real PE in action please take a look at our short video and/or if you are interested in the impact real PE has in schools please click on the link below.
We have a real PE three day workshop on the following dates;
Day 1 is on Monday 27th September 2016
Day 2 is on Monday 21st November 2016
Day 3 is on Monday 16th Jan 2017
Each delegate will receive the interactive Schemes of Work for their year group; supporting resources, with clear learning journeys, integrate the assessment framework and tools to evidence and celebrate rapid sustained progress.
Cost for the workshops, including interactive Scheme of Work and supporting resources is; £495.00+VAT
To book click on the link: http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/training-courses/2016/09/real-pe-eysks1-andks2-three-day-course1
If you would like any more information please contact
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:00
The 2016 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 7th 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.
150 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.
74 schools from across the county participated and represented their School Sport Partnership in 18 different sports including: Archery and Arrows Inclusive Archery, Athletics (Quadkids), Basketball, a Change4Life festival finale, Cycling, Goalball, Tri Golf, 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 the main field 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 a fantastic dance from Blakesley Primary School Dance club, themed on the 6 different Spirit of the games values which are respect, self belief, determination, passion, teamwork and honesty.
Moulton College Principal, Steve Davies then welcomed everyone to the College before our Sporting Champion, Team GB Swimmer from the London Olympics, Grant Turner took the stage. Grant gave an inspirational talk about his experiences of missing out on the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by 0.002 of a second, about overcoming failure, and about how he overcame this to reach the London 2012 Olympic games. Grant then officially opened the 2016 Summer School Games.
Before each team went to their competitions, a representative from each partnership made a pledge relating to each of the school games values and Grant concluded with his 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 in the lead after the Winter Games, and are hoping for a hatrick of School Games wins this year. Northampton district are hot on their heels this summer but it looks likely that South Northants and Daventry will claim a third victory. 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 2016 title will be announced in the next few days.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:57
Our Summer School Games Finals take place on Thursday this week at Moulton College. Whilst you may be familiar with many of the more traditional sports on offer, Rounders, Athletics, Netball and Tennis, one of the fantastic elements of the School Games in the Inclusivity and the range opportunities for those with additional needs to compete against other schools.
Leigh Cooper from Oakway Academy in Wellingborough tells us about how his students took up Goalball and how excited they are about competing in the School Games Finals on Thursday.
In May 2016 we were invited to a Level 2 Inclusive Goalball competition at Pemberton Centre in Rushden. On receiving the invitation we had no idea what Goalball was so we carried out some research and we quickly realised that it was a brilliant opportunity to promote a brand new sport with our children.
The tournament was inclusive so we gathered all the necessary information for our SEND children and invited them all to come and take part at lunchtimes with the P.E. Team. We also invited children who we thought would benefit from the experience, for example, children who needed help with their confidence levels or those who had not been to a competition before. The response by the children was fantastic and the numbers wanting to attend were high. There soon became a Goalball 'craze' around the school with many children rapidly learning what Goalball was and how to play it.
Through raising awareness of the sport around the school and through practice we began to have an idea of a group of children we wanted to take to the Level 2 competition. We were able to enter two teams which we filled comfortably due to the enthusiasm of the children and their commitment to learning the game, especially in their own time. The final teams ended up consisting mainly of SEND children and for many of them it was their first competition. Whatever the outcome the children had been given a chance to experience something new, which we hoped would develop a new found confidence that they could then take back into their core learning.
When we had finalised our team we began to work on the finer details of the game and exposed the children to all of the rules and techniques that they could use. Throughout this time the children's passion to learn and develop was awe-inspiring, so we knew we were taking a great group of children to participate in something exciting.
When the day came for the Level 2 competition, the children were extremely enthusiastic and they all looked smart, knew the game 'inside out' and behaved impeccably. Both teams performed consistently well winning both of their groups and made it an all Oakway final! The final was a close game with the A team edging victory. The children had given it their all during the competition and their hard work paid off. It was a fantastic occasion with both teams getting through to the Summer Games Finals – a proud moment for all of our school community.
Goalball has had a positive impact, giving the children pride and belief, raising standards of sport and physical education for all children within our school and our community.
To continue the momentum we continue to run the Goalball club every lunchtime which is organised by our Young Leaders. Our Young Leader's worked alongside us during the process of developing Goalball at our Academy, so they were confident in running the club.
With the foundations laid we are now supporting other schools in their development of Goalball. We recently held a training session with another school that was run by our Young Leaders. It was an opportunity to further our understanding of the game and to promote and encourage the sport with another school. The session inspired the school to go back and create their own club. This builds important partnerships and we hope to work with other schools in the near future.
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/