Holbeach students organise Olympic legacy day for primary school youngsters

Young athletes from Reception and Year 1 classes at Lutton St  Nicholas and Gedney Church End Primary Schools at University Academy Holbeach for a Primary Schools Athletics Festival organised by Year 12 and 13 sports leaders at the academy in Park Road, Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Young athletes from Reception and Year 1 classes at Lutton St Nicholas and Gedney Church End Primary Schools at University Academy Holbeach for a Primary Schools Athletics Festival organised by Year 12 and 13 sports leaders at the academy in Park Road, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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University Academy Holbeach students kept the London 2012 Olympic legacy alive for scores of South Holland youngsters after hosting an athletics festival for primary schools.

Sports leaders from the academy showed their potential as PE teachers and coaches when they welcomed pupils from six primary schools in Fleet, Gedney Church End, Holbeach Bank, Lutton St Nicholas, Weston Hills and Whaplode.

Reception and Year 1 pupils from Holbeach Bank Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Reception and Year 1 pupils from Holbeach Bank Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The youngsters showed off their talents across a range of disciplines, including bean bag racing and throwing, skipping, standing long jump, speed bouncing over a foam wedge and a timed long distance sprint event.

Sports leader Jordan Keeble (17) said: “Over the past few weeks, Year 12 and 13 students from our sports course have been going out to different primary schools and coaching them in doing these events.

“The aim was to get them altogether and have a big competition but because of wet weather, we had to bring the events inside.

“All the kids really enjoyed it and they all seemed to have fun.

The sports leaders worked incredibly hard to organise and run the event, so I was proud of all the leaders on the day and of how the event was run.

Natalie Whitby, PE teacher, University Academy Holbeach,

“Myself, Jake Sayer who timed the events and the rest of the class who helped out in everything else, made the day a very enjoyable and good experience for everyone.”

Natalie Whitby, PE teacher at University Academy Holbeach, added: “The sports leaders worked incredibly hard to organise and run the event which had to be changed at the last minute due to wet weather.

“But the event ran smoothly and all the primary schools had a brilliant time, with Whaplode Primary School and Fleet Wood Lane Primary School emerging as the two winners.

“Overall, it was a successful day where 26 leaders led 188 pupils in the morning and 80 in the afternoon.

The team from Whaplode Primary School which won the Reception and Year 1 competition.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The team from Whaplode Primary School which won the Reception and Year 1 competition. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“I was very proud of all the leaders on the day and of how the event was run.”

Fleet Wood Lane Primary School Reception and Year 1 pupils saw the older children win the Year 3 to Year 6 athletics prize.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Fleet Wood Lane Primary School Reception and Year 1 pupils saw the older children win the Year 3 to Year 6 athletics prize. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Reception and Year 1 pupils from Weston Hills Primary School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Reception and Year 1 pupils from Weston Hills Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

University Academy Holbeach sports leaders (front) Jordan Keeble, Luke Nicholson, Jacob Gedney, Jonathan Clark, Ben Patterson, (back) Rhys Garbutt, Tashan Maxwell, Jake Sayer, Chris Curran, Kieran Crane and Cara Snowden.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

University Academy Holbeach sports leaders (front) Jordan Keeble, Luke Nicholson, Jacob Gedney, Jonathan Clark, Ben Patterson, (back) Rhys Garbutt, Tashan Maxwell, Jake Sayer, Chris Curran, Kieran Crane and Cara Snowden. Photo by Tim Wilson.