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TCA joins with Wisbech primaries to promote sport to their pupils

A School Sports Programme has been launched to raise the participation in sports at primary level.

Pupils from three Wisbech primaries have signed up for the programme and have been receiving five hours of sport per week from TCA staff and specialist coaches.

The scheme is part of a government drive to boost sport for younger pupils. As part of the Olympic legacy a £150 million funding package was set up with money available to primary head teachers to spend on sporting activities.

Peckover Primary School, Elm COE Primary School and Wisbech St. Mary CE(A) Primary School have all put their funding towards the TCA School Sports Programme.

TCA PE Teacher Kirstie Smith, who created the tailored programme and has delivering sessions into the three primaries on a weekly basis, said: “The scheme is proving to be a great success, with both staff and pupils at the primary schools enjoying taking part.

“We tailor the scheme to what the individual school wants, for example some have wanted specialist gymnastic and dance training as perhaps they do not have staff trained in this area.”

As part of the programme, the schools have also taken part in sporting tournaments held at TCA. A Hockey tournament for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils was held in February and a Dodgeball tournament is scheduled for March 23rd.

Principal Clare Claxton said: “Kirstie Smith, an experienced PE teacher from TCA is doing a great job working with some of the Wisbech partner primary schools. They value her subject expertise, particularly in more technical aspects of PE such as gymnastics. TCA also provides sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers. The idea is not just to deliver high quality PE sessions but also to help up skill our non-specialist primary colleagues.

 “All the primary head teachers in Wisbech value the teaching of physical education to our young people and this is part of our endeavours to work together to raise standards in all Wisbech schools.’

It is hoped that the scheme will run again next academic year, with more Wisbech primaries becoming involved. 

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