Ex-pupil Paralympian Julie opens school games area
GREAT Doddington Primary School held the grand opening ceremony of their new Sport England-funded multi-games area (pictured), with an inspirational visit from young Paralympian Julie Rogers last month.
It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the progress and achievements the school has made in PE and school sport over the last two years.
Last year, Great Doddington was runner-up in the Primary Sport School of the Year category at the 2015 Northamptonshire Sport Awards and received the School Games Mark Silver award for the first time.
A special celebration assembly included videos of dance, gymnastics and a wide range of inclusive PE lessons at the school. Pupils shared some brilliant sporting memories from the last two years, including the recent Primary Cross Country Championships held at Croyland Park, success in Primary Quicksticks Hockey and London Triathlon at the Olympic Park last summer.
Paralympic athlete and guest speaker Julie Rogers gave a short talk about her experiences at London 2012 in the GB Sitting Volleyball team aged only 13. She talked about her dreams of competing at her second Paralympics in her new sport of athletics this summer. Julie, who is now studying for her A-levels, was initially taught in reception class by Jo Chapman, lead for the project and PE teacher at Great Doddington School.
Julie and the Mayor of Wellingborough Barry Graves completed the official opening of the Primary Spaces Play Area, watched by the whole school.
The school received a total grant of £22,500 from Sport England and the PTA raised significant extra funding to clear the old site before the work began.
PE teacher Jo Chapman said: “The opening ceremony was an amazing event for the whole school. Seeing all our sporting achievements highlighted made me realise how much we have achieved over the last few years.
“I think the children were incredibly lucky to hear Julie’s story and I am sure she has inspired them to work hard. I’m really pleased that Steve Jones from Northamptonshire Sport advised us to apply for the Primary Spaces Grant. Although the project has taken a lot of hard work, we now have a fantastic resource for our children to use.”
Jo recalled Julie’s determination even at the tender age of five, and a few years later saw her on CBBC before closely following her journey to compete at London 2012 in Sitting Volleyball for Team GB.
Teresa Davis, head teacher at Great Doddington Primary added: “It was a really special occasion which made everyone realise how much importance PE and school sport plays in the development of our children as happy, confident and healthy individuals.
“Great Doddington Primary has won an incredible number of awards over the last couple of years and I am so proud of the children, for not only their achievements, but also because we get such positive feedback about the way the children support each other and behave.
“We have an amazing and enthusiastic PE lead in Jo Chapman and a great team of teachers and parents who always give freely of their time to enable us to participate in so many events.
“It was really lovely to be able to celebrate all of this at the ceremony.”
Pictured above – PARALYMPIAN and former pupil Julie Rogers went back to Great Doddington Primary School last month, as guest of honour and to open a brand new sports facility there. She was welcomed by everyone at the school, plus Wellingborough Mayor Barry Graves.