Sports award win has school jumping for joy
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 October 2018
A Lowestoft primary school is celebrating after winning a prestigious sports award.
Staff and pupils at Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy were all smiles after they were honoured with the Physical Activity School of The Year award for north Suffolk.
The “hard work and dedication” of PE co-ordinator Oliver Winram was hailed as he collected the award, sponsored by Teachsport East Anglia, at the North Suffolk Sport and Health Partnership conference.
A spokesman for the school in St Margaret’s Road said: “This is a fantastic achievement. We are so proud of Mr Winram, who has received such a prestigious award for all his hard work and dedication.
“PE is his passion and he ensures that all the children at Northfield St Nicholas have the best possible chance to experience lots of great opportunities in sport.”
A delighted Mr Winram added: “We are really, really chuffed as a school to receive the award.
“It is a big thing – all the schools in the north Suffolk Sport and Health Partnership applied for it.
“Our participation levels have increased by more than ever – we have clubs going on every week and last year the children had far greater opportunities.
“It has been a really successful year with the children attending tournaments, competitions and working on specific coaching courses as well as we work closely with the Reach 2 Academy sports partnership and the school sports partnership, which have given us new opportunities.”
With new sports such as Taekwando being introduced, Mr Winram said: “There are a lot more opportunities for the children and it is nice to put Northfield St Nicholas on the map for sporting success.”
Headteacher Iain Owens said: “We are really proud and thrilled that Mr Winram’s hard work has been recognised.
“Waveney MP Peter Aldous is coming to visit us on November 7 to hear about the exciting things happening. We are doing some really good things here.”
Deputy headteacher, Terri Freeman, added: “This award is all about giving the children extra opportunities - and that is down to Mr Winram’s commitment and dedication in promoting healthy lifestyles.
“Healthy bodies and healthy minds is what we are trying to strive for.”
■ At the conference, Phoenix St Peter Academy won the Health and Wellbeing School Of The Year and Albert Pye took the Sports School Of The Year honour.