PICTURES: Pupils across Suffolk put skills to the test with sports programme at Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard
Youngsters have been testing their mettle in a week-long sports programme designed to promote fitness and tackle childhood obesity.
Hosted by Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard, sports activities included football, badminton, basketball, cricket, yoga and dance sessions.
Children from Years 5 and 6 have been joined by pupils from Pot Kiln Primary School, Lavenham Community Primary School, Bures Primary School and Glemsford Primary Academy.
Kieran Lawler, head of PE, highlighted the importance of promoting sports and fitness among youngsters.
“We want the children to think about an active lifestyle, while giving them the opportunity to participate and find a new love for a club or a sport to help them long-term,” he said.
“There’s so much we can do as a primary school.”
Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard provided the use of its sports facilities to accommodate some of the activities.
The programme, which is a joint partnership scheme between Active Suffolk, One Life Suffolk and Babergh District Council, enabled youngsters to learn key skills from professional members of sports groups and organisations during the programme.
Pupils were taught football techniques, including how to shoot and dribble the ball.
Mr Lawler praised the pupils’ enthusiasm, with children keen to join sports clubs in the area.
“They absolutely loved it,” he said. “Some of them have found a new love and a new sport.”