Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Fri, 04 May 2018 15:43
Primary school teachers across South Northants and Daventry are being encourage to ditch the tables and chairs and revolutionise the way children learn as part of Active Schools Week at the end of May.
The Active School Challenge tasks schools across the two districts with looking at different ways in which they can reduce sedentary activity in children by adapting their approach to teaching and learning during the school day and encouraging children to sit less and move more. The current Chief Medical Officers guidelines state that all children and young people should be engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, of which schools are encouraged to deliver at least 30 minutes as part of their PE and School Sport Premium Funding.
Launched at their annual Sports Crew Leadership Days, the South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership are challenging schools to plan and deliver 'active lessons' which involve their students becoming active and on their feet for a minimum of 50% of their normal classroom lesson time. David Hanson, School Sport Manager, said,
"We have launched the Challenge as part of a drive to raise awareness that there is a lot more that can be done to increase activity levels in our school aged pupils and reduce sitting time besides running clubs and attending sports events. You can deliver active lessons, incorporate active breaks as well as encourage active travel to school. I don't think we consider how much of a positive impact it can have on concentration, attendance and attainment in the classroom".
The Challenge itself asks schools to sign up and pledge to deliver a number of active lessons throughout Active School Week (21st – 25th May) and contribute towards a combined district target of 500 active lessons. Schools are also encourage to share their progress on social media using the #SNDGetActive. In addition to this, children are also being encouraged to take part by completing their own Active Child Challenge where they aim to complete a checklist of different activities and tasks designed around being active both before and after school.
Schools interested in joining the Active School Challenge are asked to contact David Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can follow the progress during the week by following @SNDSchoolSport.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:45
A medal-winning member of England's Commonwealth Games team will be the special guest at a series of events in Daventry District starting today to inspire the next generation of bowls players.
David Bolt, a member of the lawn bowls men's fours who won bronze on the Gold Coast, will visit bowls clubs and schools in Daventry as part of activities supported by Northamptonshire Sport and Bowls Daventry.
'Bolty', as he is known within the sport, overcame disappointment in the triples competition at this month's Games as a member of the England fours side that beat Wales 15-9 to claim a place on the podium.
Back on home turf, David will take part in a number of initiatives in Daventry District to promote bowls and support the work at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club to develop its new junior bowls section, including the offer of free coaching for juniors.
The tour starts today 24th April with a visit to Daventry Community Centre Short Mat Club during one of their regular Tuesday sessions, which run from 9.30-11.30am. David will then head to the Whyte Melville Outdoor Bowls Club in Moulton between 3-5pm for the launch of new free beginner coaching sessions.
The day will conclude with a visit to Daventry Town Bowls Club, off Western Avenue, when David will play his first ever game of Short Mat Bowls against Northamptonshire's Edward Sawbridge, the number 6 ranked player on the national Short Mat Players Tour and a National & British Isles triples and fours winner.
Then on Friday 27 April, David will attend a disability bowls session at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club from midday, followed by a special event at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club, at Brown's Road.
The event will see David offer free coaching for juniors between 4.30pm and 6pm, followed by a coaching session for older players between 6pm and 7pm. Daventry's MP Chris Heaton-Harris will then launch an Evening of Bowls from 7pm to 9pm, offering a chance for visitors to try the sport, play fun games, and even take part in a bowls world record attempt.
The event has been organised by Mark Courtney of Bowls Daventry, an initiative to promote the sport of bowls in Daventry District and beyond. It follows a visit to Daventry by David and New Zealand carpet bowler Avon Compton in January.
For more information about these events, or how to get involved in Bowls visit the Bowls Daventry website and contact Mark Courtney on 07714 290828/07767 457063.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:21
Northampton Leisure Trust have a couple of new Health Walks starting from Lings Forum Leisure Centre and Duston Sports Centre; Enjoy the fresh air and chance to explore the park with a relaxing walk. Enjoy a drink afterwards
For more information about the newly launched Health Walks or to organise a walk from your School please contact;
Sports, Health & Play Development Team | 01604 837774 | www.trilogyleisure.co.uk
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:17
Northampton School for Girls are offering FREE basketball sessions for girls in school years 5 & 6.
Sessions are open to ALL girls who might already play basketball or have shown an interest in playing and want to learn more.
Karen Goodrich, the NSG Basketball Coach will lead the sessions and she will be assisted by Young Leaders who play basketball for the successful NSG Basketball Teams.
The sessions will take place on Mondays from 5.00pm until 6.00pm in the sports hall at NSG, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton, NN3 6DG.
Sessions dates are:
19th & 26th February, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March 2018
Following the sessions there will be an opportunity to play in a Tournament on Saturday 21st April at NSG.
Additionally, if any girls want to take their basketball further they will be given the opportunity to join a Basketball Club.
If you know of any girls who would like to take up the opportunity of the FREE sessions please email their names and their school to email@example.com or telephone Karen Goodrich on 01604 679540.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:59
British Judo's local Development Officer, Laurence Kenyon, is currently working with 3 Judo clubs in Northampton to develop their links with schools and help them in attracting new members.
As part of this Laurence Kenyon would like to offer Primary Schools in Northampton the opportunity to have FREE Judo Taster days in the period immediately after the Easter Break (Term 5).
The format for these days would be fairly simple, a day of Judo Taster sessions for Yr 1-6 pupils. Each session can accommodate 30 pupils; if the school is large this can be done over 2 days.
Each session would be approximately 45minutes long, although they are generally arranged to fit into the normal timetable and running of the day so can be a little less or a little more (max 1 hour).
Session covers – Introductions, Warm Up, Breakfall, Throw, Hold and transition between throw and hold. All done from a kneeling position to lessen impacts and ensure safety. At the end of each session the pupils would be given information about the 3 local clubs (see attached flier).
The school needs to have Gymnastics mat that cover c24sq metres, and be willing to photocopy sufficient fliers for a distribution of one to per pupil.
Laurence Kenyon will deliver the sessions. He has the following qualifications/insurances, however it is the responsibility of the school to check his qualifications and insurances prior to him delivering any sessions in your school.
- UKCC L2 Judo
- BJA Licensed Coach
- DBS through British Judo
- Insured through BJA Coaching License
If this is something you are interested in please contact:
Laurence Kenyon | 07854 244337 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:43
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics Competition
1st: Delapre Primary School (183 points)*
2nd: Millway Primary School (170 points)*
3rd: St James Primary School (156 points)
* Qualify for the Level 3 Winter School Games
Year 3/4 Key Steps Gymnastics Competition
1st: The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School (71.625 points)*
2nd: Weston Favell Primary School (69.375 points)*
3rd: Lings Primary School (68.500 points)
* Qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
KS2 Inclusive Goalball Competition
1st - AM Session: Queen Eleanor Primary School*
1st- PM Session: Abington Vale Primary School*
* Qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:56
We have had a busy term of activities. Many of the cluster schools thoroughly enjoyed the Yr 3/4 Badminton Festival and the opportunity to have some high quality coaching delivered in their school as a result of attending the Festival.
I have been into St Andrews Primary and Boothville Primary School to undertake Young Leader Reviews. It is always a pleasure to see the Young Leaders utilising and putting into the practice the skills they were given at their Young Leader Training on Term 1. In both schools there were some exceptional Young Leaders. During the review the Young Leaders are asked to share 'What Went Well' with their peers as well ask discussion aspects of their sessions that could be 'Even Better If...' their ability to be honest and reflective of the sessions they are delivering was commendable and they came up with innovative ways of how they could change their practice to make the experience for their peers even better.
Vernon Terrace Primary School need a special mention...they sent 4 pupils to the Pre-Level 2 Goalball practice and had a great session, fully engaged and demonstrating progress just within the 1.5 session they had. They arrived for the Level 2 Inclusive Goalball competition full of beans and raring to go. They won their competition pool which meant that they progressed to the medal play-offs and finished 2nd overall. What was incredible though is that very member of their Goalball Team had a hearing impairment, so not only were they unable to see anything their hearing was also impaired, something you are very reliant on in Goalball. These were the first School Games medals that the School have ever one...Well Done to all involved.
Natalie Lawrence, SSCo
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:46
The Kingsthorpe Cluster has had yet another busy term. Many of our schools attended the Year 3/4 Badminton Festival at Benham Sports Arena. The pupils took part in a variety of challenge stations aimed at increasing their understanding of the sport and specific badminton skills. Year 7/8 Young Leaders from Kingsthorpe College supported this event by running the activity stations over the duration of the day.
On 16th March over 70 children from our cluster schools attended the Year 4 Multi-Sport Festival at Kingsthorpe College. They took part in a rotation of activities run by Kingsthorpe College Young Leaders. We mixed all the children up so they were pushed out of their comfort zones and challenged to work with children from other schools. They did brilliantly and it was fantastic to see them all supporting each other. Activities included Benchball, Badminton and Team Challenges.
In the run up to the Year 3/4 Gymnastics competition our schools were practicing hard. I had the pleasure of going into a couple of schools to help them prepare for the competition. Many of them were giving up their lunchtimes, or coming in before school to practice. Their hard work paid off as they all did brilliantly in the Level 2 competition at the end of January.
Year 4/5 pupils came to Kingsthorpe College in February for an Archery practice session. They received coaching from a specialist archery coach to prepare them for the upcoming Level 2 Arrows Archery competition on 7th March. There were some really strong performances at this session so we are hopeful of some good results at the competition. Good luck to all the pupils involved.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:42
The start of the New Year brought the opportunity to check in with the Young Leaders and run the review training; as always it's so pleasing to see the Young Leaders programme so well embedded in the majority of the NPAT schools, it was lovely to see the leaders supporting lunchtime activities, C4Life clubs and extra curricular clubs! The review work seemed to bring about a common theme to work on across the schools...planning! So all the Young Leaders have been tasked with planning their sessions prior to delivering... hopefully this can become an embedded practice too!
The cluster also attended the Goalball practice at NA, the progress made in a relatively short period of time was fantastic, by the end of the practice sessions, the teams where displaying much greater teamwork skills - fingers crossed they can put this into action at the competition!!!
Emily Carter-Morris, SSCo
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:07
Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales, as the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme opens for applications on Monday 19 February.
The Premier League Primary Stars programme is a national curriculum-linked education initiative, designed to inspire children to learn, engage and be active. Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs, the programme provides ways for teachers to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.
The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme offers primary schools the opportunity to apply for free resources which can be used for active classroom sessions and PE lessons. The scheme is run in partnership with Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation. This year's application window will run from Monday 19 February to Friday 6 April. Successful applicants will receive their kit/equipment from September 2018.
Schools should visit https://plprimarystars.com/kit-scheme for details of how to apply for the kit and equipment – and how to access the other exciting Premier League Primary Stars resources that are available to them.