Oct 23 2012

Harrow Schools Improvement Partnership scoops award

Harrow Schools Improvement Partnership is celebrating after picking up an award at a national ceremony, after being recognised for their efforts to increase sporting opportunities for young people.

The partnership, which is run by Harrow Council and includes 47 primary schools in the area, won the Youth Sport Trust’s Award for High Quality Change4Life Sports Clubs, sponsored by the Department of Health, during a ceremony, held at Kettering Conference Centre on Tuesday 16th October.

They received the award for their excellent work on Change4Life Sports Clubs – school clubs funded by the Department of Health, that are designed to increase physical activity in less active children in primary and secondary schools. The clubs have had a significant positive effect on the physical activity levels of the young people involved and their attitudes towards school sport, being active and staying healthy.

Particular commendation was awarded to Alexandra School who ran the Change 4 Life programme for several groups of children and saw a huge increase in confidence and enjoyment of sport from those involved. The school also hosted the Change 4 Life Big Picnic which brought together children from schools across the borough to eat a healthy lunch, have fun playing new sports and receive individual awards for their attendance at the club.

The award was presented by John Steele, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, Young Ambassador, Will Finnie and Liz Kendall from the Department for Health. The conference was organised by the Youth Sport Trust and supported by Sport England.

HSIP’s Consultant for Physical Education, Dan Wilson, said “This project has helped over 100 children increase their confidence and start to enjoy physical activity and understand how important it is to stay healthy. Our schools have worked very hard for this and truly deserve this award”

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Mitzi Green, said: “I am delighted that the work of the Harrow schools Improvement Partnership has been recognised with this fantastic award. It is just another example of how the Olympic legacy has taken off in Harrow and I am sure that Harrow’s young people will continue to benefit from the fantastic work they do.”

Alison Oliver, Director of Sport at the Youth Sport Trust said: “The work of everyone at the Harrow Schools Improvement Partnership is a great example of how sport can capture young minds and positively impact their school and personal lives. Their commitment and drive to providing opportunities and inspiring experiences for young people is unquestionable and there’s no doubt that this innovative work will continue to get stronger.”

Source: Harrow Council

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