Children jump to action in athletics tournament

Excited pupils from seven different schools have come together to battle it out in a hotly contested athletics tournament on Tuesday, June 27.

Children from North West Academies Trust schools were among those in action at the competition staged at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

The event saw Year 1 and 2 pupils go head-to-head in 10 disciplines including javelin, long jump, hurdles and relay races. Hosts Ellesmere Primary School won it, edging St Martin’s into second overall.

Oak View Principle Fiona Rimmer said: “It was a great experience for all the children who took part. They enjoyed learning the skills required for each competition.

“They were really motivated to try their best and they were clearly having a great time cheering each other on.”

North West Academies Trust has a clear vision of competitive sport being employed to raise confidence, improve fitness and teach children that winning and losing should be treated with equal importance.

PE teacher from St Martin’s, Shona Valentine, added: “We feel it’s important to regularly include these competitions as it helps to instil sporting values from a young age.

“It helps the children to develop a positive attitude to sports and develop better communication and team work.”

Year 1 Teacher at Ellesmere Primary School Gemma Vaughan organised the event. She added: “We ensure that all children can compete in some form of sport, and they are recognised for participating.

“The day was a great experience for some of our youngest pupils and winning the tournament also shown them that hard work does pay off.”

Steve Docking, Headteacher at Delamere and CEO of NWAT, said: “Our teachers work extremely hard to provide wide and varied opportunities for pupils to learn and have fun.

“These competitions just some of the ways we encourage children to try something new and enrich their learning.”