School Sports Partnership
During the year 2013 – 2014 our children have had access to more competitions than in previous years. 25% of our children across years 1–6 have represented the school in competitive sports which have included girls and boys football, netball, swimming, multiskills, rounders, kwik cricket, square ball, cross country, tag rugby and skipping. Our success at these competitions is also improving as our children are developing their fitness and skills base. Our success in the Telford and Wrekin competition saw us progress to the West Midlands competition. The girls football team also one the Telford and Wrekin competition competing at AFC Telford in the final. Our boys football team reached the semi-finals of the Shropshire Cup.
Sports Coach – Mr Butler
Through already recognising the importance of engagement in sport Short Wood employs its own sports coach. The impact of having a sports coach for PE at school is already apparent. Mr Butler has been able to form strong links
between the cluster schools and develop new competition formats. Through having an sports coach we have developed an increased programme of extra-curricular activities that now work around the annual competition calendar. They aim to develop fitness and to develop stronger sports teams to help us improve at competitions. The extracurricular activities which have been available to our children are: swimming, football, tag rugby, cricket, cross country, climbing,skipping, fundamentals, netball, sports hall athletics and arrows.
The Sport Premium has been used to send staff on training courses to develop their PE knowledge and confidence. Staff have attended swimming, arrows cricket and archery courses. In addition we have had a specialist coach work in year 6 delivering cricket lessons alongside our teachers to develop their skills and expertise. 60 year 6 children took part in the sessions.
New Extra-curricular clubs
The school has been able to widen the range of extra-curricular activities to include swimming, arrows, skipping and fundamentals. The fundamentals club identified pupils who did not take part in extra-curricular activities and who would benefit from physical activity. The club aimed to develop their individual skills whilst highlighting the importance of physical activity in developing a healthy lifestyle The new archery course was attended by our sports coach. This enabled a new club to be established. Seven children were then selected to represent the school at a competition held at one of our local primary schools.
Intra Sport Competitions
95% of our children competed in the annual sports days. Our aim is to continue to develop the range of intra sporting events. We have already planned an intra-school football competition to coincide with the World Cup.