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Monday, 08 December 2014 (3060146)
Primary school on the mark in sports project
by Tom Martin

THE sporting achievements of a Bootle school have been recognised as part of a government-led awards scheme.

Pupils and staff at Bedford Primary were awarded a ‘bronze standard' for their efforts to promote competitive sport as part of the Sainsbury's School Games Mark project.

And the Quarry Road school was also awarded a ‘silver standard' by the Youth Sport Trust committee.

Over the past year pupils have taken part in a range of different sporting competitions including football, netball, tag-rugby, athletics, basketball, tennis and swimming.

Meanwhile staff have been striving to ensure that pupils receive two hours of high-quality PE each week, regardless of age or ability.

The Sainsbury's School Games project, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, provides opportunities for children across the country to get involved in school-based sport.

A spokesperson for Bedford said: “Our PE Team has been focussed on improving the sporting opportunities for all of our children, not just those who excel physically. With the introduction of the sports premium funding we have been able to increase participation in a wider variety of physical activities and competitions.

”The funding has also enabled us to enhance staff skills and confidence in PE, by giving them opportunities to work alongside expert coaches and receive quality training.“

The introduction of a School Games committee, made up of Year 5 and 6 pupil representatives, has enabled children to have their say on which competitions to enter and which extra-curricular sports clubs should be available for certain year groups.

The committee was also responsible for organising an inter-school World Cup tournament last summer term and are currently in the process of organising more competitive opportunities for their peers.

Interval surveys reported that children's confidence and self-esteem levels were greatly improved as a result of representing their school and that pupils at Bedford enjoy their PE lessons more.

Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: ”The Sainsbury’s School Games is a fantastic way for young people to get into sport and Bedford Primary deserves this recognition for its commitment and dedication to developing the competition at school and in the local community.“


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