Stratford school gets award for encouraging pupils to be active

Pictured at Carpenters Primary School are, front row: Henry Oldfield , Johan Jain , Jeron Jain

Pictured at Carpenters Primary School are, front row: Henry Oldfield , Johan Jain , Jeron Jain and back row : Suzy Mayger, Ruhaniyah Nuha Abedin, Lisa ONeill and Karen Escott - Credit: Archant

A primary school has been presented with an award for engaging its children in extra-curricular physical activities.

Carpenters Primary School in Stratford was awarded an Outstanding Energy Club Award and marked the occasion with a permanent plaque on display at the school.

Sports Leaders UK, who run Energy Club, praised the school for being a beacon of best practice in engaging children in physical activities, recruiting committed volunteers to the programme and involving parents and support staff.

Energy Club, the extra-curricular, fun, physical activity movement for children aged 4-11, is currently being rolled out across the UK and provides a legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games by tackling the increasingly sedentary lives of young children.

Nicola Curran, deputy head teacher at the school said: “It is a great honour to receive an Outstanding Energy Club Award and get official recognition for our work getting children more active. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who are willing to provide our pupils with more physical activity and nutritional information to ensure they have a brighter future.

“Our pupils reap the many health benefits, and have a great time in the process. It even has the additional advantage that they concentrate better in class and are more alert.”

Linda Plowright, CEO of Sports Leaders UK said: “Energy Club has been a tremendous success since its launch a year ago. It is now available in nearly 1,000 schools, and it is inspirational to hear how dedicated volunteers contribute to a better quality of life for our children. The programme works, as it takes the people who care most about kids and gives them training and support so they can make a difference in their local community.”

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