School sport: Indoor water sports festival Launch-ed in Doncaster

Josh Panks, Danum school's mascot, is pictured with back l-r Phil Scowcroft, Yorkshire Canoeing development officer, Kierna Meehan and Bethany Farrell, both 17, Sports Leaders. Front l-r Bethan Radley, nine, Charlie Mitchell, nine, Yanis Kozlovskis, nine, Emma Bailey, eight, Monica Ogbe, nine and Max Imboulby, nine. Picture: Marie Caley D5688MC
Josh Panks, Danum school's mascot, is pictured with back l-r Phil Scowcroft, Yorkshire Canoeing development officer, Kierna Meehan and Bethany Farrell, both 17, Sports Leaders. Front l-r Bethan Radley, nine, Charlie Mitchell, nine, Yanis Kozlovskis, nine, Emma Bailey, eight, Monica Ogbe, nine and Max Imboulby, nine. Picture: Marie Caley D5688MC
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Pupils from across the borough ‘launched’ themselves into the nation’s first indoor water sports festival - and there was not a drop of the wet stuff in sight!

The ‘Launch’ programme was recently unveiled at Danum Academy, attracting over 160 children from the Danum pyramid of schools.

Samar Ahmed, eight, of Kingfisher Primary School, pictured rowing. Picture: Marie Caley D5682MC

Samar Ahmed, eight, of Kingfisher Primary School, pictured rowing. Picture: Marie Caley D5682MC

The scheme, commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust and delivered by Doncaster’s own Active Fusion organisation, is designed to introduce children to local water sport opportunities.

Participants took part in various canoeing, rowing and multi-skill activities.

The festival was delivered by 25 Danum Academy sports leaders who led 160 children from Town Field, Kingfisher, Plover, Sandringham and Intake primary schools through a series of fun and interactive zones, named Charge up, Challenge, Core, Creative and Caution.

“We are proud to have been approached by the Youth Sport Trust to write this innovative resource,” said Active Fusion’s partnership director Lindsy James.

“The scheme will be delivered nationally.

“It was great to be the first to launch this across the country and see it’s success with our own local children.”

Active Fusion is a leading Doncaster based organisation, supporting schools and communities through physical education, school sport and health.

The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport.

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