Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School in Ashton under Lyne is celebrating after being rewarded for its commitment to increasing competitive sport opportunities for pupils at the school, through the Sainsbury’s School Games.

The school will receive a Sainsbury’s school games competition pack to further support their school competition.

The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England, and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, provide a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country by encouraging them to take part in competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.

To share good practice within the school network, schools are encouraged to blog about their competitive school sport activities. How these activities have impacted young pupils is important so that other schools, parents and the wider community can see first-hand what is on offer for their pupils.

Over the last year Our Lady’s has taken part in a range of competitive sporting opportunities including;

Tag rugby, cross country, tennis, high five, volleyball, cricket, basketball, curling and indoor athletics to name but a few.

Mrs Ghilks (PE Co-ordinator) said:

Being awarded the Gold kitemark again and receiving the competition pack is extremely satisfying. Thanks need to go to our wonderful coach, Jeff Curtis for the standard he helps our children achieve. Thanks must also go to our fantastic supportive parents who regularly ferry their children to various sporting events.

Ali Oliver, Managing Director at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

‘We would like to congratulate and thank Our Lady’s school for the great job they are doing with offering competitive sport to more young people. At the Youth Sport Trust we recognise and promote the value and importance of competitive school sport not only to drive physical activity levels, but also to develop young people’s lifeskills, character and resilience. There is now an overwhelming amount of evidence that indicates active young people do better in school and life.’

The Sainsbury’s School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.