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Olympian Jonny Brownlee’s Q&A with Calverley Primary pupils

Pupils at Calverley CE Primary School were given a chance to improve their sport and PE skills with visits from expert runners, dancers and divers.

Triathlon World champion and Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee did a Question and Answer session with Year 3 and Year 4 pupils on Monday, 11 November 2019.

Year 4 teacher and PE Leader Will Overton arranged for the Academy of Northern Ballet to do some dance routines. The one-hour workshops, called Spotted, were for pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 and delivered by professional dance teachers from Northern Ballet’s Centre for Advanced Training team.

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Some of the pupils might be talent spotted by the training team and be given a “golden ticket” to the You’ve Been Spotted programme.

This could lead to further training and the opportunity to be a part of the Centre for Advanced training. In October, Members of the City of Leeds Diving Club were at the school to do Talent ID Assessments with a view to allowing some of the children to join the club.

The experts are among others who visit the school from the worlds of rugby league, golf and cricket, to coach pupils in sports and PE activities which helped it gain the School Games Mark Gold Award.

Development of sport and PE has also resulted in an increase in the number of pupils taking up activities and led to the school gaining all three School Games Mark Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The school previously offered traditional sport staples, such as football for boys and netball for girls. The offer now includes football for boys and girls, athletics, cross country running, cricket, golf, climbing, gymnastics, tennis and orienteering.

Assistant Headteacher Jonathan Hallas, said:

“We are really pleased with the way things have progressed with sport and PE. We have received additional help through sports kit sponsorship, parents and the Friends of Calverley CE Primary who supported the creation of our all-weather pitch.”


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