Hanbury Strikes Sporty Gold!

10th July 2020

Pupils at Hanbury C of E First School have been celebrating lots of super sporty achievements – including scooping the School Games Gold Award!

Before lockdown, the school was recognised for its commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education, gaining the nationally recognised “seal of approval”.

The criteria met included targets in participation, greater involvement in competition, involving pupils in leadership activities and forging links with local sports clubs.

“For a small school, it was a big ask!” said PE Coordinator, Charlie Moseley-Downton (pictured above).

“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 money given to schools specifically to spend on PE.  This weekend, the government confirmed that this funding would continue for another year.

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

“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!”

Even lockdown hasn’t kept pupils away from their sport!  Many have participated in the Worcestershire Virtual School Games – a county-wide celebration of sport providing the chance to participate in a variety of competitions and challenges.

Winners of each category were announced by Games organisers, Active Herefordshire & 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.  Seb Walford scored full marks in the “Hit the Mark” target challenge.