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Sports Day and the value of competitive sport

Posted on: 27 Jun 2019 by Weston Green School

A huge thank you to all those who watched, cheered on and supported our Sports Day this week and thank you to all those who have since fed back to the school and the team on the success of the day, complimenting the organisation, atmosphere and opportunities for allt which shone through. It is often quite a challenge to strike the right balance between competition and inclusivity, but we strove to ensure that every child had the opportunity to compete, to complete their races and were cheered on by all. This matters, and from the positive parent feedback, it seems we succeeded in our aim. 

Sports Day is a showcase for the opportunities we provide at Weston Green, enabling children to demonstrate the impact of the focus and value we place on sporting skills and competitive opportunities. Our team of specialist sports coaches work with all our children from Kindergarten to Year 6 with a progressive programme of skills teaching and team play, through to fixtures, tournaments, house matches and national competitions. But Sports Day is more than this. It cements our vision that it is important for all our children to have the opportunity to take part and enjoy sport. 100% of our children in Key Stage 2 take part in six fixtures each term throughout the year. Competitive sport is essential for developing teamwork, resilience and leadership skills, and also for developing respect and humility when handling success or disappointment. Competition is also a means to challenge yourself to achieve your personal best. The national organisation, the “Youth Sport Trust”, believes that by framing competition in this way, every child has the opportunity to learn from and love sport. Environments such as Sports Day involve so many of our school's core values and this year it was particularly wonderful to see the level of sportsmanship between pupils - encouraging, supporting and congratulating each other - we were all very proud of them!

Our thanks go to all our staff, for planning, organising and running events throughout the year, our parents for supporting these events, and to all our children who have participated with such great effort and enthusiasm.

Mrs. Evans

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