Herne Junior School: Making club links to create a sporting legacy...
ensure we make steps to make this sustainable NOW.
Pulse caught up with Sarah Green from Herne Junior School to find out what they have been doing…..
What made you want to get involved with the legacy project?
I considered our country hosting the London 2012 Olympics to be a landmark event in our pupils’ lives and I was determined that it would be marked in some sort of project that would keep the Olympic spirit going in our sporting community for years to come.
If you were asked about your memories of the London 2012 Olympics, I’m sure one of the first things that come into your head would be Mo Farah’s ‘Mobot’ celebration, Usain Bolt’s dominance on the track or Michael Phelps winning the most Olympic medals in history. There were so many achievements and stand out moments that it would be impossible to list them all but the underlying theme is that the games certainly inspired the nation.
More people than ever (both young and old) decided to get out there
and start taking part in sport and the nation really felt proud of itself for delivering on its promises.
But how can we ensure this great event lives on and that the generation who were inspired have access to take part and be supported in whatever sport they choose?
The Government have provided Primary School Sports Premium and are committed to continuing this for a few more years but it is important that we realise that this funding will not be forever. We therefore need to
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What were you aiming to get out of it?
As PE lead for my school, the obvious fulfilments of the School Games Kitemark criteria such as actively linking school children with local clubs and offering new sports by using Sports Premium funds motivated me. However it was more the drive to get more children into less common sports where girls and boys, children from minority or disadvantaged groups, primary and secondary pupils would be on an equal playing field, showing them there is more to sport than just football!
What sports did you choose and why?
Initially I chose roller skating as I had personal links with coaches from two different local clubs. My family have been involved in artistic roller skating for generations and my eldest step son had just started playing roller hockey where a coach (who knew I was a teacher) approached me asking if we could get some school children into the sport. It was at that time the
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