SCHOOL SPORT: FUN and games in the playground have helped Pensby Infants school to receive the national Activemark award from Sport England.
The Wirral school was one of just 150 primary schools nationwide to pick up the honour, for their work in promoting the benefits of physical activity and sport. Head teacher Lesley Keyworth said that has included setting up lunchtime and after-school clubs for the youngsters to join with their friends.
"We had to examine our own involvement in physical education and how much the children were doing, and then encourage them to be more active as well as providing the opportunity for them to do so," she explained.
"With that in mind we set up after school clubs such as football training for boys and girls, while we also have short tennis with help from a coach from the Wirral tennis centre in Bidston."
Mrs Keyworth continued that they also introduced games at playtimes for the children.
"One of the teachers has taught the children some of the old skipping games, as well as uni-hock and football to keep them busy and also promote working together," she said.
"We are delighted to receive the award because we are just an infants school so it is a big deal for us.
"Children's health and fitness is becoming a big issue nowadays. At one time they used to play out a lot more, but that is not the case now so putting a greater emphasis on health and sport can only be a good thing."
She also praised the work of PE coordinator Rachel Lane and school sports coordinator Louisa Barber.
Sport England's acting chief executive Roger Draper offered his congratulations to Pensby for their achievement.
He said: "We are finding more and more of our young people are becoming over-weight. We need to reemphasise the benefits of sport and physical activity to children and young people through positive first experiences at school.
"Pensby Infants has been awarded Activemark for doing just that. They have shown a dedication to bring PE and sport to the fore."