Erewash children chosen for scheme

Pictured are Jack Walker, nine, of Granby Junior School, Ilkeston, ten-year-old Taya Joslin, of St Thomas Catholic Primary, Luke Cox, ten, and Daniel Cox, ten, both of Scargill Primary
Pictured are Jack Walker, nine, of Granby Junior School, Ilkeston, ten-year-old Taya Joslin, of St Thomas Catholic Primary, Luke Cox, ten, and Daniel Cox, ten, both of Scargill Primary

More than 30 sporting stars of the future from across Erewash have been selected to take part in an elite training programme for gifted and talented youngsters.

The Erewash Shooting Stars scheme is run by the Erewash School Sport Partnership and aims to give pupils from years five and six extra training to hone their skills and boost their motivation.

Thirty-nine youngsters were selected from 13 schools for being great all-round athletes.

They recently attended their first training session, during which they took part in activities to test their speed, agility, balance, reaction time, stamina and endurance.

Each of the youngsters were given a score card and those with top marks will move on to the next stage of the programme.

They will receive extra training and tips on how to improve and boost their motivation.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said she was thrilled that so many youngsters had been nominated.

She commented: “It’s clear that the Olympics have left a legacy because all these youngsters are really enthusiastic about a wide range of sports.

“They are great all-rounders and we wanted to give them the recognition they deserve and the chance to improve.

“It’s not about being good at one particular sport, it’s about having a go at everything. At this age it’s important not to pigeon-hole children into playing one sport.”

Daniel Cox, 10, of Scargill Primary School, in West Hallam, said: “I was chosen because I’m good at football, cricket and most sports. I’m looking forward to being part of the programme because it will give me the chance to have a go at a bit of everything and will help me to get better.”

Taya Joslin, 10, of St Thomas Catholic Primary School, in Ilkeston, said: “I am quite sporty, I do a lot of different sports like athletics, swimming, netball and horse riding. I’m really proud to be chosen.”