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Dartmouth Academy Sports Leaders bring out the best in Year 7 and 8s at Indoor Athletics event

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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Dartmouth Academy’s inspirational young Sports Leaders have organised another special sports event at Dartmouth Leisure Centre.

The Year 7 and 8 Indoor Athletics event on February 1 brought together two teams from Kingsbridge Community College and one from Dartmouth.

The enthusiastic participants competed in events including Track/relays,

Standing triple jump, Standing long jump, Speed bounce, Vertical jump and the Indoor shot putt.

The event was organised by the group of ‘Sports Leaders’ at the Academy: a group of young people who have volunteered to deliver sports sessions for younger children in the all through Academy family each week, along with arranging special events such as this. It was a route through to the county finals for Years 7 and 8 and this was the first time Dartmouth Academy has hosted such an event.

The Sports Leaders gave instructions to competitors, kept an eye on health and safety issues, measured the jumps, leaps and times of races and then collated the results at the end of the three-hour competition.

Kingsbridge ran out winners in both the boys and girls events, but the competition is fierce and close throughout the day – and the Sports Leaders are eager to arrange another fixture very soon.

Sports Teacher Luke Clements said: “We have been so impressed with our Sports Leaders this year: they have given so much time and effort to the role and are reaping the rewards. We have seen them grow in confidence, build their skills in coaching and also achieve a positive team work ethic which allows them to organise events such as this.”

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