Girls Active!

Blessed George Napier cluster of schools celebrated its own girls active festival on Thursday 5th October at Orchard Fields Primary.   Fifty-one children from Bishop Loveday, St. Joseph’s, William Morris and Orchard Fields Primary Schools attended the event which was targeted at less active and less confident girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 which was led by an inspirational group of Year 9 girls from BGN.  Their aim was to convince the younger girls of the many benefits and positive feelings that regular physical activity and sport can bring.  During the festival Sport England’s ‘this girl can’ campaign adverts and posters featured throughout. 

BGN leaders started the festival off by giving reasons why they take part in sport which included have fun, get fit, enjoyment, being a role model, learn new skills and socialising  with friends.  Thereafter, all young leaders,  participants , teachers and teaching assistants joined in a whole group dance.   Schools then took part in six fun and engaging activities expertly lead by the BGN young leaders. These included dance, basketball, cheerleading, archery, relays and skipping.

During the festival, the Spirit of the Games value ‘Self Belief’ was a key focus area.  Two  girls  from each team were presented with a special certificate to recognise their positive attitude, trying their best at new challenges and activities and being confident.

It is hoped that participants will feel inspired to take part in sport and exercise in the near future, both within school and the local Community.  Thank you to Orchard Fields Primary for hosting and all girls, student sport leaders, teachers and teaching assistants who all contributed to an enjoyable and fun afternoon.

 “The event ran very well and young leaders were very encoraging.”  (Teaching Assistant at Orchard Fields)

“It was amazing and fun.  We particularly liked trying new activities which included archery, cheerleading and dancing,” (Children at Orchard Fields)

“The activities were inclusive for all.   It would be great if we could have a whole day festival.”  (Teaching assistant at St. Joseph’s)

“We felt today was a great experience for us all as sport leaders and the younger  girls taking part.  We hope they will continue to enjoy and take part in sport back at their schools.” (Year 9 BGN student leaders)    

 

R.Mawn 

School Sport Coordinator

Blessed George Napier Catholic School                                                                       

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