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Youth sport: multi-activity schools’ sport returns


Following a long break through lockdown, Stroud Schools welcomed back the high-energy competition of Sports Hall Athletics hosted by Atlas Games Active Schools’ Network, Stroud.

The multi-activity event includes obstacle relays, speed bounce, standing long jump, and standing vertical jump amongst a programme designed to engage and challenge athletes in a quest for the district crown of Sports Hall Athletics champions in Stroud.

The well-established event thrives on the atmosphere, with noise being at the heart of the focus, a motivated collection of over 200 children took the opportunity to break the classroom rules to shout their school names and that of their teammates to help them achieve their athletics ability.

With so many amazing performances on the day, the competition was fierce and lead to the victories of two schools who dedicate their efforts in preparation to obtain the crown with Gastrells Primary and Leonard Stanley Primary victorious in the small and large school events respectively.

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James Jeffery, Head of Operations Atlas Games Active Schools’ Network, Stroud, said: “I’m so glad to have the return of Sports Hall Athletics.  The event is one I always look forward to and know the schools check the date immediately when scouring our events calendar.  It’s such a great event for athletes of all abilities, you can’t help but be enveloped by the atmosphere, the enjoyment and the attitude of the children participating.  It’s so brilliantly delivered and creates nothing but positive outcomes for all children and staff attending.”

This year the event provided another opportunity for leaders to develop their skills by volunteering at the event.  Archway School’s Sixth Form students attended the day and were integral to the success. 

James added: “To provide the opportunity for young people to develop their leadership, communication, teamwork, initiative and confidence in this field is so vital, this is how I began my journey in sport and physical activity employment so I hope this is just the start in developing young people in their journey to employment skills.”

The calendar continues for the network with further opportunities for children to be engaged in physical activity in various forms this calendar year.

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