Pupils and staff at Sherington C of E Primary School were celebrated after the school was awarded an Outstanding Energy Club Award.
They marked the occasion with a permanent plaque on display at the school and Sports Leaders UK, who runs Energy Club, praised Sherington for being a beacon of best practice in engaging children in physical activities, recruiting committed volunteers to the programme and involving parents and support staff.
Energy Club, the extra-curricular, fun, physical activity movement for children aged four to 11, is currently being rolled out across England and provides a legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games by tackling the increasingly sedentary lives of young children.
Colin Storey, assistant headteacher, said: “It is a great honour to receive an Outstanding Energy Club Award and get official recognition for our work getting children more active. We are very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers who are willing to provide our pupils with more physical activity and nutritional information to ensure they have a brighter future. Our pupils reap the many health benefits, and have a great time in the process. It even has the additional advantage that they concentrate better in class and are more alert.”
Linda Plowright, CEO of Sports Leaders UK said: “Energy Club has been a tremendous success since its launch a year ago. It is now available in nearly 1,000 schools, and it is inspirational to hear how dedicated volunteers contribute to a better quality of life for our children. The programme works, as it takes the people who care most about kids and gives them training and support so they can make a difference in their local community.”
Further information on registering a school or becoming a volunteer for Energy Club can be found at www.EnergyClubUK.org. Facebook: EnergyClubUK; Twitter: @EnergyClubUK.