Yesterday we told you about the success at Stanhope Primary at tackling obesity, well another primary school in Greenford has taken its own route to healthier pupils. It has seen a remarkable rise in the number of children joining sport clubs that take place in the morning, lunchtime or after school.
In fact, nearly every pupil at Selborne Primary School now takes part after teacher Patrick Amara set up a new programme which includes trips to see live sport and building links with top local clubs such as the London Broncos rugby league club and Ealing Trailfinders rugby union club.
It has seen an increase from 27% of pupils attending sport clubs in May 2016, up to 96% in December 2016. In addition to the increase in exercise, considerable improvements in pupils’ behaviour and concentration has also been observed.
Patrick said: “We wanted to make PE and sports fun and to celebrate participation in sport rather than focus on sporting achievements. We wanted everyone to get involved. That is what it is all about.
“We’ve established new awards and prizes, including the introduction of a good sportsmanship award.
“We promote achievements and sporting fixtures and events in assemblies, and also do it through a new sport newsletter and through social media.”