Schools team up to train future leaders

Seamer School ready for the Paralympic Pride Festival .Organisers Lisa Ponter,pupil Joe Gadd,Organiser Gary Hindle.Picture Richard Ponter 140724
Seamer School ready for the Paralympic Pride Festival .Organisers Lisa Ponter,pupil Joe Gadd,Organiser Gary Hindle.Picture Richard Ponter 140724

Two local primary schools are embarking on a project to train young sports leaders of the future - thanks to a £5,000 grant.

Teachers Lisa Ponter and Gary Hindle submitted a winning bid to secure funding from the Olympic and Paralympic Games committee.

The grant will be used to help pupils from local schools plan and lead a Paralympic-themed sports festival for children with disabilities.

The Paralympic Pride Festival was first launched in 2012 after similar funding was secured to stage the inaugural event. Following its success, a similar project is currently underway.

Seamer & Irton Primary School and Rillington Primary School are leading the project; partner schools include Newby and Scalby, Wheatcroft, Barrowcliff, Northstead, Cayton and Hertford Vale

Youngsters who attend Springhead School and Woodlands School have been invited to attend the event, which will be hosted by Scarborough RUFC on Friday March 28.

As well as organising the festival, which will include Paralympic-inspired activities, the sports leaders will work towards a leadership award designed for primary school children.

The Paralympic Pride Festival is based on a simplified version of the seven values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These are personal excellence, respect and friendship, inspiration, determination and courage, equality

Ponter, Rillington Primary School deputy head, said: “The most important thing for us is the fact that we are able to bring together a group of pupils from a number of schools and help them to develop new skills and confidence.

“Sport is a wonderful medium through which to do this.

“Planning a sports festival like this will be a tall order, but we know that the young sports leaders will do the job well. They have the determination and the right attitude.”

Hindle, PE teacher at Seamer & Irton School, added: “We would like to thank the local schools who have signed up for the project, without such partnerships a project like this could not go ahead.

“It is an absolute honour that we are able to drive the legacy of London 2012 forwards.

“This latest funding allows us to deliver a highly effective sports leadership project once again, inspiring another group of amazing children.”