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Pupils get on their marks for inaugural Festival of Sport

Posted on: 04/07/2019

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 headteacher 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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