School Games Platinum Award
Helsby Hillside wins prestigious national school sport accolade
Helsby Hillside Primary School has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.
Helsby Hillside Primary School is one of only 104 schools in the country to receive the special School Games Platinum Award. The Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.
Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress. The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Applications are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards.
To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils.
Headteacher Craig Richardson said: ‘We are delighted that our strong and sustained commitment to school sport, and to enabling our pupils to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, has been recognised by this important award. Hillside has a long tradition of sporting excellence and we look forward to building on this and to our young people continuing to enjoy sport in the future. We are part of a terrific sports partnership, ‘Frodsham and Villages Schools Partnership’, and this has played a big part in our success. Thanks to all the children, staff, parents, our partner schools and our school games organisers for all your support and help!'
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “We are pleased to introduce the new Platinum Award this year to give these exemplary schools the recognition which they deserve. We are extremely proud of all our award winners for the passion which they have shown towards the School Games and their dedication to providing opportunities for all young people to take part in competitive school sport.
“At a time when young people are becoming less healthy and less active, the School Games provides opportunities for millions across the country to participate in sport and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle both on and off the field. Schools like Helsby Hillside are really leading the way.”
All Platinum Awards will be valid for two years and successful applicants will not be required to apply again in 2018. The school will have the opportunity to maintain their Platinum Award when next applying in Summer 2019.
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About the Youth Sport Trust:
The Youth Sport Trust is a charity on a mission to build a brighter future for young people through PE and school sport. We believe that every child has the right to be physically active through high quality PE and school sport, with a huge body of evidence showing it has the power to improve young people’s health, wellbeing and potential in life. Through more than 20 years of expertise and partnerships with schools we’ve developed unique solutions to maximise the power of sport to grow young people, improve their wellbeing and enhance their life chances. For more information please visit www.youthsporttrust.org.
About the School Games:
The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, involves funded School Games Organisers (SGOs) at a local level and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) at a county level working alongside us to create an annual calendar of competition. The School Games comprises both intra and inter-school competitions as well as an annual National Finals event. Through these competitions we strive to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. For more information please visit www.yourschoolgames.com.