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Sidegate Primary School gets School Games Gold award for high numbers of sport activity

PUBLISHED: 12:07 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 26 January 2016

Alison Furlong, School Games Organiser for Ipswich presents pupils from Sidegate Primary School and PE teacher Michael Barwick with the Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award.

Alison Furlong, School Games Organiser for Ipswich presents pupils from Sidegate Primary School and PE teacher Michael Barwick with the Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award.

An active primary school in Ipswich has become only the sixth school in Suffolk to be recognised for it sporting uptake among pupils, by earning a School Games Gold Award.

The honour was issued to Sidegate Primary School for their work in getting more than 50% of Key Stage 2 pupils involved in extra-curricular sports – either after school or at lunchtimes, and demonstrating their participation at tournaments and events.

Delighted PE co-ordinator Heidi Brown said: “We were thrilled – Michael Barwick is our sports coach and he runs all of the clubs, and gives up a lot of his time to get them involved.

“I think because he is so involved in sport it has a massive impact on the children who want to take up sport too.”

On Monday, Ali Furlong from the School Games presented pupils with the award, and hailed the backing of everyone in gaining the achievement.

“Ali Furlong said we were one of only six schools in the county, so it’s quite significant to have won the award,” Miss Brown added.

The prestigious prize was awarded for the school’s provision of exercise for at least two hours a week, engaging at least 50% of pupils in extra-curricular sports, and taking part in School Games events as a means in which the youngsters can take part in inter-school competitions.

The award also complements a project called Change for Life in which pupils can learn about healthy eating and take part in exercise at lunchtimes, which has helped inspire them into leading an active lifestyle.

Miss Brown added: “The children were so chuffed, and we are fortunate we are able to get so many children involved.

“We want to get as many involved to get them healthy and active, and the children want to make sure we get it again next year.”

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