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School Games event in Crawley designed to make lasting difference to pupils’ lives

Young girls aiming to throw a basketball into the basketball net
Young people tried a range of sports at the Sussex School Games event at Ifield Community College

School Games event in Crawley designed to make lasting difference to pupils' lives

A School Games roadshow event in Crawley on Monday, April 22 saw pupils from four primary schools offered the chance to try out four different activities.

The pupils came from West Green Primary School, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School, Waterfield Primary School, and The Mill Primary School, and they had the chance to try tag rugby, cricket, basketball, and street dance.

The event was held at Ifield Community College, with young sports leaders from the secondary school helping to run the day.

Schools were encouraged to bring along pupils who lacked confidence or were not interested in physical activity, with a particular focus on welcoming pupils from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The event was also a chance to ease future school transitions, by introducing the primary school children to one of the secondary schools.

West Green’s acting deputy Emilia Marshall said: “This is our first time coming to an event like this – it is such an amazing idea.

“The children were really excited as we were walking down as this is their potential secondary school so it is a great idea for the transition.

“We are a one-form entry primary school so from a tiny school to a huge secondary school is a huge difference for them.

“They were so looking forward to it.”

One child who has cerebral palsy came in a wheelchair, but he was soon up and running around playing basketball, his enthusiasm and joy evident to all who watched him play.

Leading the four activities were Storm Basketball, YES Project, Try Tag Rugby, and Ifield Cricket Club, and the hope is that if the children enjoyed the sport they will then look to take part in it outside of school.

PE teachers Elaine Ward and Ann Westgate, both from Our Lady Queen of Heaven, could not speak highly enough of the event, the School Games programme, and Steve Hand, the Crawley School Games organiser.

Ann said: “We targeted particular groups of children for this event so that the children who usually do not take part or do not usually come forward had the chance to come along.

“Coming to an event like this and being able to encourage children to have a go is really nice.”

Elaine added: “Steve is great. The experience children get in this area because of what Steve does is amazing.

“He is very supportive. When we are applying for the gold or platinum award he will sit down and help us, he is very good.”

School leaders from Year 9 at Ifield Community College helped support the day.

Kim Costin, head of PE at Ifield, explained the young leaders were working towards their OCR Cambridge National in Sport Studies qualification – part of which they need to demonstrate leadership skills.

She described the event as a ‘great confidence booster’ for them and was clearly thrilled to see how they were stepping up to the challenge.

Ed Bartram, Active Sussex’s regional project and events officer, said: “This is a brilliant example of the targeted and considered approach that we are now taking with the School Games in Sussex.

“There’s a clear objective to help less-active pupils access appropriate physical activity on their terms, but also several other positive outcomes that happen as by-products; increased confidence, aiding transition to secondary school and developing leadership.

“This isn’t simply a happy coincidence, and huge credit must go to Steven Hand for his strategic approach to ensure days like this make a lasting difference to the lives of the young people involved.”

Tow young boys holding basketballs with a couple of teachers watching on
Young people tried a range of sports at the Sussex School Games event at Ifield Community College
A young girl about to throw a tennis ball
Young people tried a range of sports at the Sussex School Games event at Ifield Community College
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