January 2013RDSSP Newsletter header

END OF TERM REPORT – 1,813 primary pupils take part in sport

RDSSP Logo FlagRural Derbyshire Schools Sport Partnership’s aim is to increase the numbers of school children and students doing PE and playing sport. We’re proud of our Autumn report:

  • 111 school teams have participated in
  • 18 primary school competitions in 9 different sports
  • That’s a grand total of 1,813 primary school pupils.

We have a new website and a new logo based on a flag design by Anthony Gell pupils Bethany Ayers, Amber Moore (pictured) and Sam Hughes which was raised during the Olympic Torch celebrations in Matlock this summer. Our motto ‘Advance, Achieve, Aspire’ sums up our ambition to encourage young people to push themselves, support each other and lead by example. We’re starting this newsletter to celebrate their achievements.


23 pupils gain Sports Leaders UK Young Leaders Award

RDSSP Darley ChurchtownThe school’s older pupils have taken part in an exciting new Sports Leadership programme to help the school’s younger children to get involved with sport and physical activity at lunchtimes. The 10 week ‘Lunchtime Leaders Programme’ was delivered by a trained tutor from Derbyshire Dales District Council, supported by RDSSP, helping to develop the key skills of Year 5 and Year 6 children, including communication, planning and mentoring.

Headteacher Jo Gotheridge said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for the older children to develop their skills as ‘buddies’ to the younger children. It trained them more in initiating play and being more responsible for creating a happier playground. The children loved it and it is really starting to pay off!”. Janice Price, RDSSP Partnership Manager, said: “It is great to hear first hand from the pupils and teachers how much the youngsters have gained from the Leadership programme. They have developed skills and confidence as the weeks have progressed and are now able to support and encourage others to take part in more active lunch and playtime.”


Runners up in first ever County Primary School Table Tennis Championships

Congratulations to the four year 5 & 6 girls from Kirk Ireton in the Dales who were up against schools with strong links to table tennis clubs from North Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Derby City. The tiny school which has no designated indoor PE facilities encourages pupils to play table tennis in their classroom using several desks pushed together with a piece of strong cardboard to act as a net. Class teacher Wendy Smith said, “I am so proud of them; they worked really hard, thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the competition in Chesterfield and loved playing on proper sized tables instead of desks.” RDSSP’s Janice Price, who was responsible for running the qualifying competition which the girls won to earn their place in the final said, “It just shows that where you have an environment that nurtures talent and enthusiasm for a sport you can achieve success. I hope this will inspire other pupils and small schools to take up table tennis”

Secondary school news

Energy Club demo to MPs and Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

221012 Chloe Smith MP, Minister at the Cabinet Office Norwich NorthIn October two of our Young Leaders, 17 year old Chloe Chandler and Abi Akehurst, showed off their sports leadership skills at the House of Commons. As part of the “Energy Club” scheme the pair demonstrated the children’s healthier lifestyle initiative to dignitaries including the Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith and Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Chloe said: “Visiting the Houses of Parliament was a fantastic experience. I really enjoyed delivering a session to the MPs; it’s not every day you get an opportunity like that.” RDSSP Partnership Manager Janice Price who accompanied them said: “I was incredibly proud. Unphased by the environment & the task, they embraced the moment & held the audience of MPs & guests captivated. No mean feat at 17 years of age! They were a credit to themselves & their school. We will be working with Sports Leaders UK to roll out free training to infant & primary schools across the Derbyshire Dales so watch this space.”


Captain Jack from Pirates of Caribbean inspired Will Hall

Will Taylor HVC fencingWill Taylor, a year 11 student at Hope Valley College, began fencing at The Manchester Fencing Club 18 months ago after watching “Pirates of the Carribbean”. He then badgered the PE department to revive the school fencing club. With help from School Sport Co-ordinator Ruth Cook Will took the matter to student council and put an poster on the front page of the school website to rally interest. As a clever piece of PR, Will staged a fight between 3 members of staff – including Bernie Hunter, the head teacher – and students at the school talent show. (The students won!)

A coach now helps run the club every Thursday after school. There are now 15 active members including year 10 pupil Joe Bell who fences from his wheelchair. SSCo Ruth Cook said: “The Olympics and Paralympics have inspired students to take up a new and exciting sport at Hope Valley College. Fencing has provided students with new challenges and enables students of all physical abilities to participate. Fencing fever has well and truly taken over here!”

7 Lady Manners’ students aim for highest Sports Leaders UK qualification

To support and deliver competitions and sports to 1,813 primary school children last term we’ve trained:

  • 328 secondary school Young Sports Leaders.
  • Each giving 3.5 volunteering hours to support the 18 primary school events
  • That’s a grand total of 1,148 volunteering hours.

7 year 12 girls at Lady Manners School are currently doing their Level 3 Sports Leaders UK Higher Sports Leaders Course. Rural Derbyshire and High Peak Coach and Volunteer Development Officer, Chris Burns says: “It’s a big commitment. They are each expected to deliver 10 volunteer hours to young people, older adults and people with disabilities. Last year they worked closely with primaries for example helping run events like the Bakewell Tag Rugby festival. This term they’ll be working with the schools’ Special Educational Needs departments. They also have to gain a sport’s national governing body award and complete a first aid award.”


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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