Ellesmere Primary School pupils will look the part during the new sporting season thanks to the support of several local businesses.
Children at the Shropshire school are in the home straight and heading towards their first inter-school competitions in more than a year, as coronavirus restrictions ease.
Now the excited youngsters have been smartly kitted out in an attractive range of new gear after generous firms stepped in to help.
PE Lead Hazel Adams said: “We can’t wait to get back to competitive sport because it’s such an important part of school life, and the new kits will help us to look and feel great.
“The Red Lion Coaching Inn have supplied us with stylish royal blue sports shirts and shorts, Piggott Water Services Ltd paid for our lovely grey ‘away’ shirts and Princes LHS Ltd are keeping us warm and dry with waterproof jackets.
“All the companies have a personal involvement as the owners’ children are pupils at our school.
“Over the past year I have been building up community links, not only through sponsorship with kits but also sporting club links.
“This allows us to signpost children and parents to clubs in and around Ellesmere.
“We are so grateful to live in a community where people acknowledge the importance of being physically active and it’s great that the children of Ellesmere Primary School look good when representing our school.”
Sport England has highlighted the importance of ensuring sport is back up and running as soon as it’s safe, following a study revealed a fall in children’s physical activity during the pandemic.
Ellesmere Primary is part of the North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which also runs several high-performing schools across Cheshire.
All NWAT schools make sport and maintaining a healthy lifestyle a fundamental part of daily learning.
Headteacher Stuart Roberts said: “Despite the pandemic our school is going from strength to strength. We’ve developed a new sports program which includes virtual competitions and even more inclusive sports, such as new age kurling, to ensure no child is left behind.”
Ellesmere Primary has made extensive improvements since joining NWAT in 2016.
The first phase of renovations saw classrooms significantly upgraded, new flooring and heating systems installed, and the car park made safer.
Two new projects will see the school benefit from a further £1.7m Government funding.
Work is due to start next month on replacing roofs, and custom-built classrooms will eventually allow the demolition of temporary classrooms.
New toilets, entrance room, PE store and a ‘breakout space’ are also in the pipeline.