School scoops national award

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A school is celebrating after scooping an award at a national awards ceremony on Wednesday night which was recognised for having excellent PE provision for their primary school pupils.

Two Mile Ash primary school, won the Youth Sport Trust’s Innovation Award for Excellent PE in Primary School, sponsored by School Trends, during a ceremony, held at Telford International, recognising and rewarding best practice and achievements through PE and sport by schools, colleges and young people.

They received the award in recognition for their commitment to ensuring all children have a positive PE and school sport experience, by providing a range of fun and engaging activities. Two Mile Ash was commended for having a fully inclusive PE programme that includes both able bodied and disabled young children and innovative and challenging ideas that allow children to develop their love of sport and physical activity.

On stage to present the prestigious award and £250 worth of School Trends vouchers to members of staff from Two Mile Ash, was Sue Campbell, Chair at the Youth Sport Trust and Tim Heard, Sales and Marketing Director at School Trends.

Shirley Townsend, Head of extended schools atTwo Mile Ash who collected the award said: “We are so excited to win this award for the children. All teachers at the school work so hard to ensure that every child has a good PE experience and are given the best opportunities to take part in sport, as we want children to enjoy being physically active. It’s the innovative ideas that make the difference to the children, so we’re so proud to have be recognised for our achievements of providing high quality of PE for all young people.”

The ceremony was one of the highlights of the Youth Sport Trust’s Conference 2012, which is sponsored by TechnoGym and supported by PGL, exploring how schools can drive educational achievement through PE and sport.

The two day event included workshops, seminars and networking opportunities that allow schools to share ideas and innovations on how sport can be used right across the curriculum to improve attainment and achievement. The conference also showcased the best global practice with keynote speakers, national policy updates and the profession’s leading practitioners.

Annette Montague, Education Director at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “Choosing a winner for this award was incredibly difficult, as the quality of applications was outstanding. Two Mile Ash’s commitment and drive to providing high quality physical education really demonstrates how a stimulating and challenging curriculum can really benefit young people in school and in their personal lives. The school’s work is a great example of how PE can be a good preparation for school sport and lifelong activity as well as how it can positively impact on the wider skills and behaviours of young people. I hope their innovative work continues in this truly exciting year for sport and that other schools are inspired to develop their own PE provision to achieve similar aims.”