Pennine Sports Partnership News

Added: July 19th, 2018

What a fantastic year for the Royds Hall pyramid! There has been an incredible amout of participation in events, which vary from competitions reaching county level to children trying out activities they’ve never tried before. And that’s what it’s all about – giving our children as many opportunities possible, and boy have they risen to the challenge.

We kicked off the year with a football tournament, which saw all of our primary schools enter in this friendly competition. Parents came to support and of course provide atmosphere for the teams. Shortly following that was the sports hall athletics, which sent our winners Crow Lane on to the Pennine Sports round.

Children from every school have attended one or more of the Try It Tuesdays – these are afternoons specifically designed for people who want to try something new but perhaps haven’t had the opportunity to do so before. It’s been great to see the children trying new things – tennis, badminton, gym among others. Another way for children to try new things have been the festivals – these are an alternative to the competitions where children can come and learn new skills without the pressure of performing. Our most popular was our basketball festival, which was followed by a competition for those who decided they wanted to take it further.

The hockey, cricket and netball competitions have also been popular, seeing our winning teams on to the pathway competitions. Congratulations to all those who took part, and also to the runners up as some of these have been very close! It will be interesting to see what happens next year.

Our high school haven’t simply been the hosts for all these activities. For each event students have been selected to coach, assist, referee or run the table, and can add sports leaders to their C.Vs. While I’m here, a huge thank you to those year 10 leaders who have been consistent in quality and reliability. You are all excellent! I also would like to give a shout out to the new leaders in the making! A selection of our year 7 students took part in the future sport workforce day held by Rugby League legend Paul Broadbent. He delivered a fantastic workshop highlighting their potential, and very much related to them on their level. Another wonderful group of year 7s attended Girls Active – a day deliverd by Youth Sport Trust dedicated to helping girls smash the barriers they face when it comes to participating in sport. I’m looking forward to inviting these young leaders to help out at future events.

Exams have of course been a focus lately, but with all the added pressure it is important to keep giving the children opportunities to be active and de-stress. Brains function at a much higher level when we are active – you can see from the diagram.

Cowlersley primary invited me in to coach boxing workshops for their year 6 students during their mock SAT exams, and we used these diagrams to show the children that we really mean it – it WILL help you with your studying if you’re active and have fun too!

All our schools have been fantastic when I suggested boxing – I have been able to lead sessions in most schools which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. It’s great to watch those who lack confidence quickly pick up a new skill, and those who complain at the start finish with the most of a sweat on. Since then, Paddock school have even teamed up with local boxing coach Mark Reynolds and now have regular sessions every Thursday. Having caught up with Mark recently, he told me that he has students from his group in Paddock now also regularly attending his club. This is what it’s all about!

There have been too many activities and too many children involved to mention them all individually. I would however like to thank all the staff in the pyramid and the PE department at Royds who have worked so hard to make sure the children can attend these events. Let’s see what this year brings!