5th Aug, 2020

Hanbury First School strikes gold with plethora of sporting achievements

Tristan Harris 11th Jul, 2020 Updated: 11th Jul, 2020

STAFF and pupils at Hanbury C of E First School have proved they are good all-rounders scooping a plethora of sporting achievements.

Before the lockdown the school was recognised for its commitment and development of competition, school sport and physical education, gaining the nationally recognised Gold Status.

It met all the criteria targets, including participation, greater involvement in competition, involving pupils in leadership activities and forging links with local sports clubs.

And then in lockdown many of the pupils have participated in the Worcestershire Virtual School Games – a countywide celebration of sport enabling children to participate in a variety of competitions and challenges.

When the winners of each category were announced by games organisers Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire this week with several successes for Hanbury pupils.

Isla Halford won the North Worcestershire Design a Games Flag competition.

Her entry, along with those of her fellow Hanbury pupils helped the school to scoop the overall ‘Small Primary School’ Flag Award too.

And Seb Walford scored full marks in the ‘Hit the Mark’ target challenge.

PE Co-ordinator Charlie Moseley-Downton (pictured above) said: “For a small school, it was a big ask.

“Sport has so many positive outcomes – we want to make sure every child has a chance to participate and benefit from the huge sense of achievement it can bring.”

A major element of gaining gold status was achieved thanks to cash given to schools specifically to spend on PE.

The Government has now confirmed this funding would continue for another year.

Charlie added: “We have been able to invite coaches in to lead lessons in a diverse mix of sports, including martial arts, golf and archery.

“We’ll be building on this success by having whole-school PE enrichment days which should be a lot of fun.

“I’m currently investigating the possibility of setting up a BMX track in the playground.”

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