Schools strike gold in sports award scheme

St Thomas Primary School pupils Sasha Halford, 11, Theo Shelton, 10, Lauren Robinson, 10, and Nicholas Bradley, 10, with their gold awards.
St Thomas Primary School pupils Sasha Halford, 11, Theo Shelton, 10, Lauren Robinson, 10, and Nicholas Bradley, 10, with their gold awards.

Four Ilkeston schools have struck gold in a national awards scheme aimed at developing healthy competition in sports.

Erewash borough has submitted 15 applications to the Kitemark awards scheme – more than any other Derbyshire borough.

St Thomas Catholic Primary School, Kensington Junior School, Stanley’s St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Scargill Primary School in West Hallam have all scooped the top spot.

Rhian Lilley, development manager for Erewash School Sport Partnership said: “It is great to see so many schools willing to put themselves forward for this award, which encourages the development of sporting competition in schools at all levels.

“Congratulations to all the award winners and we hope their success inspires other schools to take part.”

To gain an award, schools have to provide at least two hours of PE each week for all pupils, run a calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunities for disabled students and provide opportunities for less active young people to take part.

Bronze award winners were Friesland School in Sandiacre, Ladywood Primary in Kirk Hallam; Firfield Primary in Breaston, Stanley Common CofE Primary and Grange Primary in Long Eaton.

Silver winners were Mapperley CofE Primary; Dallimore Primary in Ilkeston; Cotmanhay Junior and Shardlow Primary.