On Tuesday 18th October Kevin Hill from Sportshall delivered a day of sportshall at Norham Community Technology College. This consisted of leaders training with 14 year 10 students throughout the morning followed by a primary school competition in the afternoon. The leaders learned about officiating and leading a session as well as helping at a competition. The leaders thoroughly enjoyed the day and they all worked extremely well. Nicola Powell, SSCO for the Norham Cluster Schools quoted:
“Having the young people train young leaders in the morning and then put their newfound skills to the test in the afternoon is an excellent idea. NOTAN organised and delivered the day extremely well; enthusing the new leaders and making sure everything was in place for the competition in the afternoon. The competition gave pupils from many primaries a chance to come together and have fun working with other young people hopefully leading them to aspire to further athletics or leadership roles. An excellent day with everyone getting a lot out of it and above all enjoying!”
The day was developed in conjunction with Clare Harding from the Tony Blair Sports Foundation (TBSF) where they aim to sign up the leaders to volunteer with other exciting events over the year. Victoria Spence from the North of Tyne Athletics Network (NOTAN) also worked together with Kevin and Clare to develop this day to help improve the provisions available in athletics to the primary school children, along with the opportunities available to the leaders.
Following on from this successful morning, three primary schools from the surrounding area brought along their year 5’s and 6’s to compete in an afternoon of fun-filled activities in a sportshall competition. Waterville, Percy Main and Riverside battled out throughout the afternoon and they all showed some great results.
It was a close result in the end but the red team, Waterville just secured first place with 110 points overall, the yellow team, Riverside in Second place with 92 points and the green team, Percy Main in third place with 88 points. Any outstanding results may be chosen to represent their school at the county competition later in the year.
NOTAN will be working in the surrounding primary schools over the year to develop the children’s skills. The coaching sessionswill focus on the sportshall activities, the athletics 365 programme and in the summer term Quadkids. This will give them a strong advantage for the competition next year where it looks to be an even more exciting competion!