Erewash schools make ‘amazing’ athletics event a huge success

CHAUCER CHAMPIONS -- the year five/six winners from Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston.
CHAUCER CHAMPIONS -- the year five/six winners from Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston.

Youngsters from Ilkeston were among 700 pupils from 41 schools across Erewash who took part in a major indoor athletics tournament at Rutland Sports Park.

Children from years three to eight competed in a range of track-and-field disciplines for the qualifying rounds of the Sports Hall Athletics Competition organised by the Erewash School Sport Partnership.

And those who made it through to the finals then took part in more sports activities, such as speed bounce, javelin, long jump, chest push and relays.

Chaucer Junior School, of Ilkeston, were the year three/four and year five/six winners, while fair play awards went to Scargill Primary School, of West Hallam, and Hallam Fields Junior School, of Ilkeston.

The small school award was given to Mapperley Primary School, of Ilkeston, while Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy (CVA), also of Ilkeston, were the year seven/eight boys’ winners.

The girls’ winners in year seven were Friesland School, of Sandiacre, while Kirk Hallam Community Academy were the year eight girls’ winners.

Sports leaders from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, Kirk Hallam Community Academy and Saint John Houghton CVA all helped to run the event, which won praise from pupils and teachers alike.

Asha Lawson-Haynes, 13, a student at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, said all the children who took part were extremely enthusiastic. She said: “There were lots of different track-and-field events and we were all given different roles. Some of us were helping to run the events while others were time-keepers or noting the scores.

“All the children were really excited and were cheering each other on. They worked well together in teams, and it was a great event.”

Richard Cripps, head teacher of Mapperley Primary School, said his pupils were excited to be part of the event. He said: “There are some children who are quite competitive and love that element of the tournament, while there are others who are just happy to be part of it. They really enjoy going to events like this and meeting children from other schools.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership’s development manager, said: “We would like to thank all of the schools that took part in this amazing event. All the pupils were enthusiastic and had a really positive attitude. The staff were incredibly supportive too.”