Pupil representatives and teachers from thirty-four infant and primary schools are to be presented for the first time with their Active Essex Active Schools awards today (Thursday 8th December) at two ceremonies held consecutively at County Hall.
This is the second year of these county-wide awards, which were created by Active Essex and the Chelmsford School Sports Partnership to recognise high quality delivery of school sport for 4 – 7-year-olds (Key Stage 1).
The criteria for achieving the kitemark includes providing evidence of 2 hours of curriculum PE and School sport each week, with 1 in 3 pupils regularly participating in school sports clubs and team events outside the main curriculum. Full participation in the Schools Games competition (sponsored by Sainsbury’s and organised by Active Essex) is also one of the criteria.
Presentations will also made at the events to three schools selected by Active Essex as Daily Mile Champions, for achieving a positive impact in their schools through introducing the Daily Mile.
Temple Sutton, East Tilbury and Tany’s Dell Primary Schools all adopted the Daily Mile for all pupils and they feature in a new film produced by Active Essex to promote the Daily Mile to other schools.
So far there are 64 schools in the county where pupils are walking or running a Daily Mile during the school day and Active Essex is inviting more schools to take part, with incentives for schools on offer. Active Essex will be tracking the results of the Daily Mile across 20 selected schools.
Azeem Akhtar, Chairman of Active Essex, which promotes sport and regular physical activity to improve health and wellbeing in the county, said: “The early stages of schooling are the perfect time to introduce children to the joy of being active and the sports and games which will help them have fun, make friends and be healthy. ”
He added: “Sport also helps children develop their confidence and enjoy the sense of achievement which comes with taking on new challenges. Congratulations to all the teachers and pupils today and we hope many more schools will come forward to hear how Active Essex can support them in becoming an Active School, or in adopting the Daily Mile.”
The Vice-Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor John Jowers, said: “Essex County Council is committed to raising standards of sports and games in all schools and it is excellent to see how many primary and infant schools have achieved the Active School award. It’s evident from the presentations today that the pupils are benefiting in so many ways and I hope they feel inspired to continue their sporting habits into adulthood.”
For more information about Active Essex and how it supports schools, see www.activeessex.org.uk