Pupils get on their marks for inaugural Festival of Sport

Pupils get on their marks for inaugural Festival of Sport

More than 300 primary school pupils took part in the first ever East Midlands Academy Trust Festival of Sport.

Children from six schools within the Trust – Orchard Academy, Shepherdswell Academy, Hardingstone Academy, Stimpson Avenue Academy, Castle Academy and Northampton International Academy – competed in seven different sports over three days, with a shield up for grabs for the winner of each day’s competition.

The activities included field athletics, indoor athletics, yoga, Go Ride cycling, cricket, dancing and netball, and the winners were: Year 1 and 2 competition – Castle Academy Year 3 and 4 competition – Orchard Academy Year 5 and 6 competition – Stimpson Avenue Academy

Around 30 young leaders from Years 8 and 9 at Northampton International Academy helped sports staff from the schools to hold the event.

Luke Bartishel, assistant vice principal at Orchard Academy, said: “This was our first ever Festival of Sport and the aim was to bring together primary phase pupils from all of our schools for a series of fun sporting competitions.

“The children absolutely loved taking part in the different activities and there was a fantastic atmosphere of sportsmanship throughout the three-day event with everyone cheering each other on. “It was a huge success and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Festival of Sport.”

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