Sports partnership update for March

So another busy month had by the partnership with CPD and PE coordinator training, a second young leaders academy, and a number of sporting events to boot.

We started the month with the Year 5 and 6 School Games tag rugby tournament where the top two teams would go onto represent the Purbeck area in the School Games final on the 5th April at the Leaf Academy.

The tournament was being organised by Josh Senior and Karl Jackson in Year 12 as part of their Level 3 OCR course. Having learnt a lot from previous events and their own experiences these gentlemen did a fantastic job, and as a result the event went smoothly and without hitch.

The level of tag rugby seems to be improving year upon year and it was great to see so many young people (8 schools attended) representing their schools in such a positive manner. All schools followed the sports code of conduct where it is imperative that respect is shown to referees, coaches and peers, and as a result the games were excellently conducted and the referees were able to do their jobs effectively without any added concerns.

The schools played a round robin tournament so there were lots of opportunities to play and gain experience. The winning schools this year were St Marys Swanage and Stoborough. If any pupils wish to pursue Rugby as an activity then SWANS rugby club in Wareham are always looking for new players and are very active in the mini and youth sections.

The second event of the month was the Year 5 and 6 young leaders academy, where the schools were given the opportunity to select up to 10 of their best leaders to come and develop their leadership skills further. The afternoon consisted of lots of practical activities that pupils were asked to participate in and then deliver their own ideas as to how to adapt games and ideas, so they could then take them back into their own schools to help improve activity levels at breaktime and lunchtime.

The Year 12s were then responsible for delivering their final event with the execution of the Year 5 and 6 hockey tournament. Jordan Sparkes and Paul Marchant were in control of the afternoon. Four schools took part and all played a round robin format. There was an array of abilities involved which was great to see and again the schools were a credit to themselves with some excellent performances and fabulous enthusiasm throughout. St Marys Swanage were the victorious team with a number of pupils also training with Swanage and Wareham Hockey Club. If any pupils are interested in pursuing hockey as an activity then please contact Swanage and Wareham Hockey Club for details.

The Purbeck School were also asked this term to host the Dorset School Games Finals for Athletics; 5 schools from around Dorset came to the school. As usual the event was very lively and super competitive, with the Christchurch and Purbeck representative being Christchurch Junior school. The leaders for the event were provided by ourselves and this consisted of approximately 20 students from years 8 and 9. As always these leaders were an absolute credit to the school and it is due to their high level of commitment and excellence that we are asked to continually host this event.

The final event of the term was the KS1 multi skills festival. Over 80 Year 1 and 2 pupils entered the hall looking a little nervous, to be confronted by 20 Year 8 and 9 leaders that also looked a little nervous, not having had too many dealings with such a young age group. However the leaders were fantastic and fully engaged all the KS1 pupils. The levels of enthusiasm and excitement from the primary schools was fantastic and it was evident from the noise in the hall that everyone was having a great time, leaders included. The session involved the leaders taking the children through a number of small games to develop their skills including important aspects like agility, balance and coordination. All the little ones said they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and they hoped to come back soon. An excellent time had by all and great to see so many smiling faces.

Miss Hamblin, School Sports Coordinator

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