Dartmouth Academy’s team of ‘Sports Leaders’ has created an exciting and successful indoor athletics event for local primary schools.
The event, held in Dartmouth Leisure Centre on Thursday January 17, saw the Dartmouth Academy, Stoke Fleming Primary, St. John the Baptist Primary School, Dartmouth and Blackawton School children competing in a number of different sports events.
The children all got to try at least one track and field event at the day, and the results were very close right up until the end.
The Sports Leaders were on hand to measure the efforts of the children, look out for their safety and collect all the results together. They had taken on a large amount of the organisation of the event and did their teachers proud.
The ‘Leaders’ are a group of young people who applied for the roles, as part of a special scheme set up by the Academy’s sports department. The idea behind it is that older students teach younger children sports at least once a week, and take on positions of responsibility in the Academy’s sports events.
The results were so close it required a recount – but Stoke Fleming was proclaimed victorious with Dartmouth Academy a close second.
The Sports Leaders scheme has been very successful since it was launched in 2011, and Academy sports teacher Luke Clement said he felt the young people did very well at the indoor athletics event.
“It was a great day, and the Sports Leaders did exceptionally,” he said. “Every child from every school gave their all and their parents and teachers can be very proud of them. The Sports Leaders scheme has been brilliant, with these young people taking on a large amount of responsibility, working hard outside of lesson time, and they are learning many new skills that will help them as learners and in their future careers. Well done to them all.”