London 2012 Legacy Lives on at Wellingborough Primary Schools
Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:49
European Champion inspires young people at School Games Mark Gold Schools
Two Primary Schools in the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership were full of excitement last week as European Champion and Olympic 400m athlete Martyn Rooney made a special appearance on Thursday 18 December.
Martyn Rooney who travelled from his training base in Loughborough said:
"It was a fun morning; I had a great reception at both Schools and enjoyed answering all sorts of questions! Their enthusiasm was brilliant and it took me back to my first experience of School Sport when I took part in our Primary Cross Country race when I was about 8 years old."
The occasion marked both Schools, Park Junior School in Wellingborough and Irchester Community Primary receiving the Sainsbury's School Games Mark Gold Award, in recognition of their commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education. For 2013/14, only 5 Schools in Northamptonshire have achieved the coveted School Games Mark Gold Award. Two other Schools in the local area will receive their Awards in the New Year.
Martyn Rooney added:
"The success of both Schools achieving the School Games Gold Award just shows what can be achieved at Primary level and the impact of high quality PE and wide ranging of School Sport opportunities on the aspirations of young people."
The morning started with an Assembly at Park Junior School, followed by questions with the Primary Sports Crew on topics surrounding the 'Spirit of the Games' values of the School Games. Each class also met Martyn and had a class photograph.
Todd in Year 3 at Park Juniors said:
"I learned a lot from Martyn Rooney about how good you can be in sport if you learn to respect others. I think Martyn will win the Gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing next year!"
After being welcomed by two heart warming performances of Christmas Carols, Martyn led another whole School Assembly at Irchester Community Primary. The children watched his race at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, before asking questions ranging from his diet, training schedule and plans for Christmas Day. There was even time for Martyn to complete a Christmas Maths Challenge set by the pupils and see their Science Lab.
Hannah Hore, School Sport Manager for Northamptonshire Sport said:
"After the profile of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year following London 2012, it was the perfect opportunity to mark the achievements of both Primary Schools by arranging an athlete visit. It is always amazing to see young faces light up when they meet an inspirational sportsperson and provide that belief that dreams can come true."
David Tebbutt, Head Teacher at Park Junior School said:
"The School Games has been a huge boost locally helping our School to create new sporting opportunities. We are proud of our achievements and the extensive programme we offer our pupils, so it was a fantastic chance to celebrate that and meet Martyn. We will certainly be following his progress carefully now at the World Championships and Rio Olympics in 2016."
The Sainsbury's School Games Mark was created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England.
It is the second year in succession that Park Junior School have achieved the coveted Gold award, exceeding many of the criteria including a level of over 50% of pupils taking part in extra-curricular sporting activity every week. Both Schools also offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential and have active links with at least 6 local sports clubs. Park Juniors and Irchester Community Primary compete locally in Cluster Sports Festivals for Key Stage 1 and 2, alongside School Games District Competitions all year round.