A HYDE primary school is basking in the glory of grabbing gold in a Government award scheme for the very first time.
Bradley Green Primary Academy has been given the School Games Gold Level Mark for the current academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
To achieve the mark, the Newton school demonstrated it met several criteria, including providing all students with two hours of timetabled physical education per week.
It showed it engages at least 50 per cent of pupils in extra-curricular sporting and physical activity every week and has targeted provision for those least active young people and a minimum take-up of at least 15 per cent from those identified as least active at the start of the academic year.
Also, every young person is provided the opportunity to learn to lead through curriculum PE as part of the lesson structure.
It also had to have a school sport organising committee or crew in place, as well as a completed activity heatmap.
Bradley Green also utilised sports coaches, volunteers or other providers – with the latest being Hyde United manager Dave McGurk and Hyde champion boxer Stacey Copeland – to support school sport and physical activity.
More than 40 children from Year 5 and 6 have represented Bradley Green in a variety of sports, from football and dodgeball to orienteering and swimming.
And as part of the school’s ambition to increase the number of children participating in sport and their commitment to boost relationships with local community groups and sports clubs, Bradley Green held a health action day on Monday, June 24.
The day gave pupils the opportunity to experience variety of new sports and teach them about the importance of a healthy diet and they were visited by 400m Olympic athlete Kelly Massey, who gave an insightful assembly on the importance of training. She also joined in in the ever popular mile run at the school.
Children also got to experience an inspirational session with Stacey, who spoke of her difficulties in sport and how she overcame these to become the elite athlete she is today.
This was followed up by a boxing masterclass session from Little Rocky’s boxing gym in Stalybridge.
Two members of staff, including David Green, were singled out for praise by headteacher Vicky Cameron.
She said: “With more than 40 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
“As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
“A special thanks to Mr Allen (sports co-ordinator) and the sports ambassadors and Mrs Williams.”