A SOUTH Yorkshire junior school has been given national recognition for their commitment to sport.
The Year 5/6 boys’ school hockey team were crowned South Yorkshire champions while the Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 girls’ orienteering teams won their competition at county level, too.
There was a first-place finish for the school in gymnastics, hockey, rounders, matball, cross-country and girls’ football at the annual Wickersley cluster competition, while the Year 3/4 hockey team are champions of Rotherham.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme, launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust. It’s given to schools who show commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
David Simpson, Principal of the school, in Beech Avenue, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
”To be awarded Platinum level a school must achieve gold level sports mark for five consecutive years. This demonstrates amazing consistency, high aspirations and a total commitment to sport and well-being.
“In the last three years, the Academy has been continuously improving in PE and sport provision. We have transformed from a school where physical education and sport was perhaps sometimes not as valued as it should be, to an Academy where sport is one of its major strengths.”
Listerdale Junior Academy is part of the Aston Community Educational Trust of schools across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Each half term, pupils from Listerdale compete against others in the Trust in a variety of competitions, including football and basketball.
Mr Simpson added: “We have a total of 157 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year. That includes young volunteers, leaders and officials who make our competitions possible.
“Competitions have become more diverse to cover all pupils’ needs and allowing a huge percentage of Listerdale pupils to experience competition and the benefits of PE and sport.
“We look forward to building on this during the next academic year.”
Parent Andrew Bonnington has praised the efforts of the Trust and PE teacher, David Sills.
He said: “Over the last three years my daughters have gone to school looking forward to PE more and more.
“They always come home saying how much they enjoyed it. Mr Sills and the team have done a brilliant job.”
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