Parents at Wheatfield Primary School in Winnersh can rest assured their children are receiving an all-round education in mind and body after a weekly Multi-Sport club was established – and promptly filled by eager would-be athletes.
The club takes place from 3.30-4.30pm each Wednesday and is overseen by Berkshire company Get Active Sports. So far 15 children from Sunflower Class have registered to take part and have had the chance to try their hands at dodge ball, football, tag rugby, hockey and basketball.
“Multi-Sport is a really welcome addition to what we can offer at the school,” said executive head teacher Bev Homer. “The coaches really inspire the children to want to get involved and try new things. Physical activity is obviously important and to be encouraged from the health and exercise point of view, but it’s also really good that they’re being offered the chance to try out new activities like hockey and tag rugby, which they’re less likely to have encountered at such a young age. That means everyone is starting on an equal footing, which can be a real help for children who are maybe less confident about
Wheatfield Primary has only been open since last September, so Mrs Homer admitted that introducing something like Multi Sports was a bit of an experiment – but fortunately one that has turned out to be a great success. “The response we’ve had so far shows that there’s a real appetite for these kind of activities in the school, so I hope it’s something we can continue with as we grow and expand in the future.”
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