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Sporting success for Brotherton and Byram

Brotherton and Byram Community Primary Academy have won a prestigious sports award.

The school scooped the ‘Increased Participation in Competitive Sports’ category at the Yorkshire PE and Sports Awards.

They were North Yorkshire Sport’s winner which then led to being selected to represent North Yorkshire at the Yorkshire PE and Sports Awards at a glittering awards ceremony at Pavilions in Harrogate.

Children and staff at the event got to meet gymnastics commonwealth gold medalist and Olympian Craig Heap, who was presenting awards with Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE. The school competed against winners from Active Humber and Yorkshire Sports Foundation. Brotherton and Byram were recognised for the way it successfully used their PE premium grant. All schools receive this funding to help offer children a wider range of sports.

The Yorkshire PE and Sports Awards recognise schools that have innovative and valuable ways of improved outcomes for pupils using the grant. They are designed to showcase best practice and school sport in the region with national experts in education and sport on local and regional judging panels.

Steven Jeff, Sports Coach for Brotherton, was delighted with the win. He said: “The sports premium funding has created more opportunities for our school – the children absolutely love competing in sports events and competitions. They have had the opportunity to learn and compete in a range of sports so their skill set and understanding of sports, in general, has improved greatly. With a wider range and more diverse set of sports being delivered this has also engaged more children in positive activities.”

This year Brotherton have competed in many competitions such as Quicksticks Hockey, High 5 Netball, Sportshall Athletics, Tag Rugby, Football and Kwik Cricket. They have qualified for the North Yorkshire finals in Quicksticks Hockey and earlier in the year came second for Sportshall Athletics, the highest-placed finish a Selby school has ever come.

The PE premium has not only allowed Brotherton to attend competitions but they are also now successfully competing in them. Because of the increase in activities, this has also had a positive effect on the children’s health and other skills such as leadership and resilience.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award as it goes to show all the hard work and commitment everyone has put in all the way through the school from the staff to the children. The children are very proud and love to represent our school in any sporting events that we do,” said Mr Jeff.

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