School sport event hits the bullseye

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Archery, athletics and a whole host of other sports were enjoyed by pupils at schools across Ilkeston and the rest of Erewash as part of National School Sport Week.

Erewash School Sport Partnership co-ordinated the Youth Sport Trust event, which encouraged all youngsters to take part in five hours of PE and sport.

Rhian Lilley, partnership development manager, said: “We were thrilled that all schools in the borough signed up to National School Sport Week.

“The week was a real celebration of sport and everyone put a lot of effort into organising a wide range of fantastic activities for our youngsters.

“The sporting theme ran across the whole curriculum, right through to lessons in the classroom and for some children it was their first opportunity to try some more unusual sports.

“We hope that this week has really inspired children to get involved in sport and maybe some of them will continue with the activities that they have had a go at during National School Sport Week.”

More than 120 Erewash School Sport Partnership young ambassadors helped to plan and run events in their schools.

Kay Chisholm, PE co-ordinator at Scargill CofE Primary School, in West Hallam, said: “Pupils in the early years foundation had scooter races, tried out fitness equipment, took part in games of Twister, played football and tried their hands at cheerleading. There was also rounders, tennis, cricket and hockey competitions as well as an inter-sport contest. Everyone had a great time.”

England women’s cricketer Jenny Gunn MBE visited Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College, while Stanley St Andrew’s Primary School, Ladywood Primary School in Kirk Hallam and Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston tied in their sports days with National School Sport Week.