Super Saints are the school of the year for sports skills
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 November 2011
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St Angela’s Ursuline School was the toast of Twickenham on Thursday, after being honoured for its sporting achievements in 2011 at the Aviva School Sport Matters Awards.
Having won the award for School Team of the Year, pupils Brenda Kipewu and Camille Francis, as well as their teacher Caroline Charles, picked up the award on behalf of the school at a star-studded ceremony at the home of English rugby.
A host of Olympic and Paralympic legends past and present – including James Cracknell, Tim Brabants, Gail Emms, Duncan Goodhew and David Weir – rubbed shoulders with the Forest Gate school youngsters.
Conceived in 2004 – School Sport Matters highlights exemplary practice in physical education and sport in schools across the country.
And after the Under-14 girls basketball team progressed right the way through from their local London borough tournament to the National Schools title, St Angela’s fell firmly into that category.
“It was a real surprise to find out about the nomination, we got all dressed up and had a fantastic time at the awards ceremony,” said Charles.
“The hardest thing was only being able to pick two girls from my team of 12 but these two deserved it and we had a fantastic day out.
“It’s very nice, we’re very proud of what we have achieved and to get this award is just the final bonus for our trophy cabinet.
“The girls work so hard and the year that we have had has just been incredible, our school places a real emphasis on sport and we have been lucky enough and been good enough to benefit from that.”
The award was presented by former England and Arsenal defender Lee Dixon who was quick to highlight the importance of school sport across the country.
“I’ve been coming to these awards for quite a few years now and they just seem to be getting better and better,” he said.
“What these guys have achieved is inspiring and they deserve a lot of praise as does every school here for all the hard work that goes on.”
■ The Aviva and Daily Telegraph School Sport Matters Awards recognise outstanding achievements in school sport across the country, and are part of Aviva’s wider commitment to support the next generation of British sporting talent. For more information go to aviva.co.uk/athletics