With the help of our fantastic cohort of Year 9 Sports Leaders, last Friday saw 146 children from around the local Cluster Schools come to Burgate to take part in a huge Multi-Skills Festival. There were a range of children from Reception, Years 1 and 2 taking part and all from several different schools including Hale, Hyde, Western Downland, Morgans Vale and Woodfalls and Downton.
The focus for the event was ‘Personal Best’ and ‘Resilience’. Children were encouraged not to focus on the competitive element of taking part but to strive for excellence within their own personal best.
Children took part in a variety of different activities, all based around key skills such as throwing, running, catching and jumping. We had a balance beam, a hockey dribble, as well as a Cricket throwing station.
Children were split into teams of 8, led by a Burgate Sports Leader. Each team rotated in a carousel through all of the different activity stations, for well over an hour. All children were given the opportunity to collect and score points along the way by completing each skill successfully. Participants then had the opportunity to see if they could beat their previous scores.
Every child was awarded a certificate for their efforts throughout the morning to recognize that they had achieved their own ‘Personal best’. For most of these children, it is fair to say that this was their first experience of taking part in a sporting event outside of their own school environment and subsequently, a huge confidence builder for the children involved.
“It was a long, tiring morning for not only the Sports Leaders but also all of the children taking part. In glorious sunshine, they worked really hard and appeared to be having lots of fun. I was very impressed by the level of enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the morning. The Burgate Sports Leaders as always, were a real credit to themselves and the school and served as superb role models to the younger children!”