Sheringham youngsters enjoy Games-themed day of sporting fun

Eight-year-old Connor Somers tries his hand at tennis ball balancing.

Eight-year-old Connor Somers tries his hand at tennis ball balancing. - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Sheringham Woodfields School had a chance to share in the glory of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympian athletes, at a multi-activity event held as part of Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week.

Ten-year-old Adam Corney sprints to the finish in the slalom running event.

Ten-year-old Adam Corney sprints to the finish in the slalom running event. - Credit: Archant

An Olympic-style opening ceremony saw those taking part parade through the school to the accompaniment of a fanfare and cheers from fellow students.

After an opening address by Sheringham Woodfields head teacher James Stanbrook, class teams, each representing a different country, headed to the school field for events ranging from shot put to Boccia – a Paralympic bowling-style sport.

Younger pupils tried their hands at team sports including slalom running races and tennis ball balancing challenges, while older students took part in athletics events from long jump to javelin, also helping with marshalling.

The sports day, which was organised by Willow class teacher Steve Clarke with the help of teaching assistants Jason Tooke and Janine Roos, was sponsored by Lloyds TSB as part of a scheme run in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust with the aim of promoting PE and sport in schools.


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Mr Tooke, who is a former Norwich City Football in the Community coach, said that because around 20pc of Woodfields pupils are wheelchair users, some events were adapted so that they could be played while seated.

'We were tremendously keen for everybody to be able to take part,' he said. 'Even if it was just a simple thing like using a piece of drainpipe to roll a ball, we were determined to make it fully inclusive so that all our students could do at least three activities.'

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Medals and certificates were handed out by Mr Stanbrook, with a trophy given to the student chosen by their schoolmates for outstanding sportsmanship.

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