SPORTING opportunities for local primary school pupils have been given a welcome boost through the introduction of a Physical Education Programme delivered by Skegness Academy.
Six specialist PE staff are delivering lessons and sporting competitions to give pupils in 17 local primary schools the opportunity to take part in netball, football, athletics, cross county, dance and judo classes.
Academy principal Kelvin Hornsby said: “Sport can play a huge part in a child’s development, especially when you consider the desirable characteristics youngsters exhibit when participating in high quality lessons and well organised sporting competitions.
“Being given the belief that ‘you can’, which is a key message from all academy staff involved, has led to plans for us working with hundreds of primary youngsters this year.
“The desire to take part, the discipline needed to get better and the respectful level of communication that the primary children show during team events is a wonderful experience. Hopefully the programme will foster a lifelong love of sport with many of them.”
The delivery of Skegness Academy’s Primary Schools PE Programme comes after the government halved its funding for the School Sport Partnership Programme, which threatened sporting opportunities at schools across the UK.
Skegness Academy recently received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grading for the improvements in teaching and attainment delivered since it took over from St Clement’s College last year. The school also received its best ever GCSE results with 100 per cent of pupils attaining five A* to C grades.