Thursday, 21 September 2017
WHITCHURCH Primary School is the best in Oxfordshire for sport.
It won the sporting primary school of the year title at this year’s Oxfordshire Sports Awards after being runner-up last year.
Staff and pupils learned they had been shortlisted in November and their success was announced during a ceremony at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford earlier this month.
The Eastfield Lane school had to tell the judges about its sporting achievements and explain the different activities available to pupils.
Over the last academic year the children competed in 61 inter-schools events across eight sports, with 97 per cent of pupils taking part. They won a football tournament and were runners-up in netball and tennis competitions.
The school also held inter-house competitions in nine sports including athletics, rounders, cross-country running, rugby and cricket. Additional clubs and workshops were held with partner organisations including Reading FC, AFC Whitchurch, the village cricket club and the Adventure Dolphin outdoor pursuits centre at Pangbourne. Pupils also had the chance to learn dance and judo.
Gavin Jones, the school’s PE
co-ordinator, said: “We were runners-up last year so it was great to win this year. The children were very excited when we told them the good news. It’s very much a team effort as lots of people did their best to make this possible. Our headteacher is very supportive of sport, as are our parents and governors, while the children really gave it their all.
“Sport is incredibly important in school. It’s obviously great for health but it also teaches so many skills that transfer to other areas of life, such as teamwork, setting long-term goals and coping with winning and losing.”
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