4February 2013RDSSP Newsletter header


Wirksworth Infants Cyber Coach Club RDSSPSince September children from Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools have been taking part in daily interactive ‘Cyber Coach’ wake up sessions. Each class lasts between 5 and 10 minutes and includes activities such as T’ai chi, aerobics and disco. The sessions have been so popular they now run an after school Cyber Coach club where children take part in workouts ranging from cheerleading to street dance!

Headteacher Jo Poyser said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for children to take part in fun physical activity, whilst increasing their fitness levels. The children love taking part in the workouts and we have noticed how in just a few months skills and confidence in PE has been given a big positive boost.”


Bamford & Great Longstone both heading for regional finals

Bamford Primary School Football team RDSSPRepresenting the SSP in the recent primary school football competitions both Bamford and Great Longstone Primary Schools have become County champions in successive weeks. In the small schools competition, Bamford beat teams from 9 other districts. This outstanding performance came on the back of their recent win in the SSP primary sports hall athletics. Head teacher Neil Hobson said: “I’m so incredibly proud of the children. We are a tiny school with limited facilities but we work hard to foster a love of sport. The team really gave this everything they’ve got & I’m pleased to see it paid off. They’ve worked hard & deserve the success”

Fingers crossed they can keep this winning streak going as they head for the regional final at Nottingham University on Saturday 8th March. The same good wishes go to Gt Longstone who won the “Big” schools County football event. Guided by the skill & dedication of PE teacher, Linzi Gaywood, her team gave strong performances to win their pool and the final. Linzi said: “Our pupils were competing against Primary Schools who are in fact still twice as big as them. Their performance is an exceptional achievement.”



Highfields Sports Leaders UK Dancing RDSSP 1More than a hundred Key Stage 1 pupils from six primary schools in the Highfields cluster came together for an annual festival. Nine Sports Leaders UK dance leaders assisted.

Highfields Sports Leaders UK Dancing RDSSP 2School Sports Coordinator Jayne Allen said: “ I was especially proud of year 12 student Hannah Postlethwait who led one of the teaching groups as part of her assessment for to qualify for her Sportsleaders UK Level 2 Dance Award. It’s great to introduce both boys and girls to dance at a young age and shows the wide range of physical activity available in our schools.”

Secondary school news

Ashbourne students take on top public school rugby giants in national competition

Foul weather may have recently brought the traffic on our roads to a standstill but it didn’t deter QEGs U.18s rugby team from making it through to the last 8 in this top National Competition on a snowy February day before Shrovetide gripped the town. Reaching the quarter finals of a National Competition is no mean feat for a state school competing against the rugby “giants” from the public sector schools. Top public schools usually fielding their own rugby coaches are often training or competing most afternoons throughout the Winter months.

The success at QEGs is down to the fantastic commitment of the PE Department coupled with excellent links to the local Ashbourne Rugby Club where many of the PE teachers also play and coach and almost all of the school team play in addition to their school matches.

Martin Farr, Head of PE, said: “Being in the last eight of the competition we know we will be up against the best in the Country so it’ll be tough, but the lads work hard & are a very talented bunch of dedicated rugby players who are a genuine pleasure to be around.” Our best wishes to them in their quarter final match against St Ambrose College, Altrincham.


Good luck in the Nationals!

Strong District teams and individual runners from schools in the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership stormed to victory in the County Championships earlier this month. Excellent performances earned medals with the top 8 positions qualifying for the County team who will compete in the Schools National Championships due to take place in Derbyshire next month.

There were some outstanding performances worthy of a mention – Anthony Gell students Ellie Smith just missed out on a medal in 4th place in the year 7 girls race but still qualifies for the County squad. Amy Stone won the Junior Girls event & Cameron Orr took bronze in the Junior boys race with Daniel Evans (QEGs) in 7th and Joe Hallas (AGS) 10th in the junior boys race. In the Inter boys, Ollie Sadler of QEGs was 10th making him reserve for the County. Other notable performances came from Emma Erskine (Highfields) who took first place in the senior girls with Tamsin Boam taking bronze.

We wish them all the very best of luck in the Nationals in March.


QEGS push LMS all the way in close finish

Students from Lady Manners were on top form for the finals of the SSP sports hall athletics champs in February. Always a supremely noisy affair, this competition to determine the district teams sees teams of athletes from the four Secondary schools throw, jump and run over different distances in this relatively new addition to the busy sporting calendar.

Jayne Roach PE teacher at Lady Manners and school sport co-ordinator for the SSP, who coached the teams to success said: “In this hotly contended winter event, points were close from the outset. QEGS students pushed Lady Manners all the way. Some very close finishes in races towards the end of the evening meant that in the final results for the four categories, only one point separated LMS & QEGs in first & second place in the year 8 girls.”

Results meant the LMS teams were victors in three of the four competitions – year 7 & 8 girls and year 8 boys with QEGS winning the year 7 boys event. Worthy winners, they will represent the SSP in the County finals in March.


Tell us your stories! Get in touch with Partnership Development Manager Janice Price: or Tel: 01629 825577 / Fax: 01629 824864 / Mobile: 07930 358346

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