Sporting success for Isle school

Westwoodside Church of England Academy have seen success with a National award for their commitment and passion for sport
Westwoodside Church of England Academy have seen success with a National award for their commitment and passion for sport

Westwoodside Church of England Academy have seen success with a National award for their commitment and passion for sport.

The Community Education Awards organised in association with The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain and Costa has awarded the school a Highly Commended award from over 7,500 entries across Britain.

The award comes 12 months ago Westwoodside was identified as a local school which needed to improve the health and fitness of its young people.

The school haa worked hard to change that description and are now considered an active school with 100 per cent of pupils being described as healthy and active in a recent audit.

The school has worked closely with partner agencies Get Ahead, North Lincolnshire School Sport Network, Fit 2 Play, 780 coaching and Street Beat to encourage activities in the playground, as well as a wide range of clubs and groups before and after school.

The children have succeeded in sport events involving football, netball, swimming, dance, rugby and street sports amongst others.

To win the award, the school demonstrated how they increased children’s participation in clubs, offering every child the opportunity to represent the school in sports’ festivals organised on the Isle of Axholme, and participating in inter school and intra school competitions.

Head Teacher June Richardson said, “I am very proud that everyone at Westwoodside Academy has been recognised for their achievements. It is wonderful to receive this highly commended award as a Sports’ Promoting school. The children and staff have worked so hard and sport and fitness are now a passion that runs through everyone in our school.

“The children enjoy the activities, they are excited by the sports we offer and develop skills as sports’ leaders. Our staff are equally enthused by sport. We now even have staff challenging themselves in sporting events and races.”

For further details about the award and how Westwoodside Church of England Academy are using sport within school please contact June Richardson Head teacher on 01427 752355 or via email admin.westwoodside@northlincs.gov.uk.