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Indoor Athletics December 2015
Continuing in our mission to drastically raise our students’ participation in sports, Miss Edmeades and 16 children ventured over to Newmarket to compete in our first indoor athletics tournament. We had been training weekly after school, mastering techniques for speed bounce, triple jump and running obstacle courses. It was great fun and helped us to really raise our performance in a competitive setting. We had a few 2nd place victories and a few individual successes in events such as the chest push and soft javelin.
More Firsts for Elveden
U11s Girls Football - October 2015
It has been a very proud time in Red Deer, this year we can boast our first all girls football team. Last year we had one eager Amalee join Forest, this year we had a 600% participation increase with a full team of 7! After a little coaching from their classmates and training on a Tuesday, the girls tackled the tournament head on and gave it their all. Those that spectated agree when I say the girls played wonderfully, with excellent sportsmanship and respect for our opponents. Well done girls, you did yourself and the school proud!
This past year has seen an enormous increase in the provision and achievements in sports at Elveden, thanks to the Olympic Legacy grant provided by the government.
Every child has received coaching from a local specialist from reception up to year 6 in a variety of sports with the aim of increasing participation, fitness levels and inspiring a love of being active.
Upper Key Stage Two has begun this year's round of training with a coach from Bury Rugby Club, learning to play tag rugby to a very high standard. We will see these new found skills and passion in a friendly Rugby festival with our Partner school, Forest Academy in the new year.
Lower Key Stage Two have been receiving multi skills and football training from a coach from Norwich City Football Club. These new found skills and emerging talents were put to the test when we took 'Future Canaries' to Carrow Road in the summer. We look forward to the coach returning in the new year for another great term.
Key Stage 1 had been shaking their pompoms whilst having cheerleading and street dance lessons with local dance teachers from the Brandon School of Dance. We look forward to welcoming them back this year.
Squirrel class even got in on the action with street dance lessons with Brandon School of Dance, who we look forward to continuing a thriving partnership.
The grant has also enabled an equipment overhaul, ensuring that no child has to wait to use equipment and that it is the latest, safest and simply the most enjoyable way to participate in sport. In response to the parent questionnaire, all new gymnastics equipment has been purchased including equipment to enable the safe teaching of the vault. The freedom to update equipment has also seen the introduction of new sports at Elveden Academy. Quicksticks hockey, high 5 netball and indoor athletics all now feature on the timetable.
The most popular addition to the sports provision at the Academy has been taking it all to a competitive level. The grant has enabled new kit for the children to wear to competition so that they look and feel confident. It has also enabled us to provide transport for those children who could not otherwise have made the journey.
In its first competitive year, the school enjoyed and finished respectably in many tournaments. We have been particularly proud of the children Miss Morley took to the Forest Heath Gymnastics competition. The team secured second place and were invited to County finals, at which they finished in the top 5 of the county!
This year we have taken extracurricular provision further with sharing of coaches and training across both schools. This inspired the creation of a joint team in the event that Elveden did not have enough children to forge a team of their own (with us being such a wonderfully small school). It has been great to see Elveden and Forest developing together and sharing in successes. Our joint Under 11s girls football team, clad in their new stylish black and white kit, managed to reach the district semi finals and shared the joy of finishing in third place.
This year promises to be another packed one with many tournaments and competitions with Forest Heath Schools Sports Partnership. In addition there will be more festivals and friendlies organised with our partner school Forest Academy. A new addition to our sporting timetable this year is our successful application to join the Dance East District Project in which children will be taken to an inspiration day at Jerwood DanceHouse, receive expert tuition from a dance artist over a term and finish with the children performing at the Apex in Bury St. Edmunds.
In the remaining terms of this academic year the children can look forward to another round of cricket coaching with the Chance to Shine scheme, football and mulitskills training with NCFC and a variety of dancing with Brandon School of Dance.
Finally, investigations are being made into a sustainable future for a diverse and challenging curriculum at Elveden. Currently PE is delivered in the school playground and on the field. We hope to develop this with the installation of a court. This would enable the correct teaching of the rules of sports such as netball, hockey, basketball and tennis.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Edmeades and assist with the investigation and planning of a possible new Multi Use Games Arena for the school and local community.