June 24, 2024

Schools Shine in National Sports Week

Over the last seven days, our East Midlands schools were abuzz with energy and enthusiasm, as pupils celebrated National School Sports Week, an annual initiative that encourages young people to undertake at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, as per the advice from the government.

Alongside the obvious health benefits, regular exercise develops character and builds resilience; qualities that also support our young people with their classroom learning. So, being active makes you physically fitter and helps you ace your exams – it’s the ultimate win-win! 

With the weather starting to pick up and Euros-fever setting in, this year, yet again, Lionheart Educational Trust pupils have loved engaging in Sports Week.  

Here’s the round-up of what they got up to: 


Riverside Primary School, Birstall 

Kicking off the week in style, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils at Riverside had fun taking part in their annual Sports Day on Monday. With proud family members watching on, the children tackled the 13 events with boundless energy, revelling in the opportunity to build on the skills they have developed in PE lessons; including running, jumping and throwing. 

In the afternoon, it was the turn of the Foundation Stage children who competed in seven events that were organised by the School PE Champions – pupil volunteers in Year 2 – 6 who have undertaken leadership training and give up their time to champion sport at the school. After they had finished their final running races, it was the turn of the parents, who raced one another at the end, much to the delight of the watching pupils! 

On Friday, the school hosted a sports assembly, acknowledging the successes achieved over the academic year. A huge round of applause was given to the Riverside A football team who finished second out of all the teams that competed in the Primary Schools’ Football League, whilst the Sports Day winners were also crowned. Team Bradgate won the House award and London, Paris and New Delhi triumphed in the key stage competitions. 


Hallam Fields Primary School, Birstall 

Budding young cricketers at Hallam Fields took part in two tournaments during School Sports Week.  

The Year 5 boys’ team travelled to the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership U11 Boys Dynamos and performed admirably, finishing as runners-up. This achievement was especially impressive given they were up against teams composed of pupils from the year above.  

Then it was the turn of the girls, who entered both a Year 5 and a Year 6 team in the U11 Girls Dynamos tournament. They learned a lot and even ended playing one another in the third-place play-off, which, thankfully, ended in a tie. 

The sporting fun continued throughout the week as, channelling their inner Rory McIlroy, all Year 4 pupils took part in the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership Tri-Golf festival at Beedles Lake. The air was punctuated with shouts of “fore,” “bogey” and “eagle” as the pupils launched balls onto the fairway. 


Brocks Hill Primary School, Oadby 

For Brocks Hill pupils, the highlight of the week was the Area Athletics Competition at Saffron Lane. 

Taking on a collection of other primary schools from South Leicestershire, children had fun competing in a variety of track and field events including the long jump and multiple running races. 

Pupils demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and cheered each other on all afternoon, with a little help from a giant Brocks Hill banner! 



Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College, Knighton 

Gearing up for National School Sports Week, the Sports Leaders at Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College held a Mini-Olympics Festival at Knighton Tennis Centre. 

In what was a highly energising day, pupils from local primary schools were able to enjoy Archery, Athletics, Seated Volleyball, Howler Throw, Equestrian, Boccia, Boxing and Tennis competitions! 

Whilst they may not be quite ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with Adam Peaty and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in Paris this summer, the children had a fantastic time trying their hand at new sports and learning from Sports Leaders, who were fantastic role models for the school. 


Beauchamp City Sixth Form, Leicester 

Unleashing their competitive sporting spirit from within the classroom, students enjoyed participating in a sports-themed quiz. Congratulations to 12DAR who were the winning form group!  


What a week! All our young people had fun engaging in a host of exhilarating sporting activities and we can’t wait to see what next year has to offer!