Sporty pupils get into spirit of the Games

Children at Alston Lane School enjoying the climbing wall.
Children at Alston Lane School enjoying the climbing wall.

Pupils at Alston Lane Catholic Primary School, Longridge, got in the Commonwealth Games spirit with a special week when they were given the chance to try out a number of different sports.

The children had the opportunity to have a go at rugby,
javelin, shot putt, hurdles, bench ball and lots of other team based and individual events, learning new skills and playing competitive games.

The activities led on from pupils trying all kinds of different sports with a professional coaching team throughout last term.

Headteacher Mark FitzGibbon said staff, too, had updated their skills and gained increased confidence in teaching sports they may not have done before. He said: “The aim was to 
develop and deliver high quality sport to every child. Sports grant funding, given to every school by the Government, has enabled this to happen.

“The training and support all led to the final week of term and Commonwealth Week. From the ‘opening of the games’ to the closing 
ceremony, every child joined in with their house team to compete in group and individual events.

“Thankfully, the weather was kind and all events were completed.

“The school would like to thank the coaches and Year 2 teacher Miss Lonsdale for the organisation of the week and the fantastic outcomes we saw. The children learned new skills and demonstrated new talents. Thanks also goes to all the parents and friends of the school who came to spectate and get involved. Well done to Blue team (Great Britain) who were victorious.”

The school is grateful to Alston Lane PTFA, which has raised a huge amount of money for the school in recent years.

The children enjoyed a climbing wall taken into school. Helped by West View Leisure Centre staff, everyone was challenged to have a go at getting a little higher each time.

Mr FitzGibbon said: “Feedback from the children was fantastic and similarly from parents. The PTFA also buy every child an ice cream or ice lolly at the end of term to reward them for all their efforts throughout the year.”