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St John the Baptist CE Primary School

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Sport at St John's

St John's welcomes the additional funding that has been received through the Government's Sports Funding initiative. The school receives around £9,000 in sports funding.

From the onset we have set about trying to utilise this funding to achieve the following aims;

      • to widen the range of sporting opportunities for all children across the school
      • to increase children's opportunity to take part in competitive sports
      • to improve the range and quality of sports teaching across the school

This is what we have been doing.......

The school has extended the range of sporting activities it offers to children as part of its after school club offer. Most recently we have offered - Multiskills, Football, Various Dance Classes, Netball, Gym Club, Cheerleading, Sports Development, Archery and Cricket. Each term 190 sports places have been taken up and subsidised through Sports Funding. The school is spending £1,500 on subsidising after school places for all children, and for those in receipt of Pupil Premium all clubs are offered free of charge.

Football

The school has employed specialist coaches to extend sport at lunchtimes. Coaching has covered a range of traditional sports - netball, hockey, athletics, football, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, hockey and rounders.

These sessions have been open to all abilities and have helped to extend the range of skills that our children have across a variety of sports. We are spending £2,500 on lunchtime sports coaching and so far over 150 children have taken part.

  In addition to traditional sports activities at lunchtime we have also used our funding to employ a sports coach to organise less formal playtime sports and games. These have been popular with those who are less "sporty". Skipping, hula hooping and making up invading and defence games have all been popular. We are spending £2000 on lunchtime activity coaches.  
As well as inclusive training sessions open to allwe have improved our involvement in competitive sports by offering specific coaching and trials to those who have a particular sporting talent. Since January 2014 we have taken part in 14 interschool tournaments and we have regularly come high up the league tables - including winning for South Holland in Tri-Golf and second in rugby. We are spending £1000 on the coaching of teams and on transportation to tournaments and over 100 children have taken part in these this year.    As well as looking at offering sporting opportunities we are also looking at long term strategies to sustain sports development. During 2015 / 2016 all staff will receive specialist training from a sports coach in an area of sport that they have identified as an area for development. The school will spend £2,500 on staff training.

 Altogether, Sports Funding has meant that the school's sporting offer has increased significantly. In addition to the opportunities offered in school we believe this funding is encouraging children to seek out sporting opportunities within the wider community - some of those through being introduced to a sporting club through school. Currently over a quarter of the school belong to an out of school sports club and across 23 sporting disciplines from basketball to judo. As we offer more sporting opportunities to more children we believe that these numbers will increase as the "sporting bug" takes hold.