Active Suffolk thrilled to support local school with another successful 'Active Week'!
Posted: Wed, 26 Jul 2023 10:30
Following on from their previously successful 'Active Week', Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard were delighted to hold the event again this year!
The project, a week-long series of 25 physical activity sessions was a tremendous success after more than 700 local school children took part.
In a fantastic example of partnership working and wanting to make sure as many children accessed the fantastic physical and mental health benefits of getting active as possible, Wells Hall invited other neighbouring primary schools to come along and get their children involved in the fun.
Active Suffolk worked closely with the PE team at Wells Hall to ensure they could help to facilitate an abundance of high quality activities for the children and were only too happy to go along to one of the activity days to see how the week had been progressing.
Megan Felton, Project Officer for Children and Young People at Active Suffolk said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been involved with helping to support Active Week at Wells Hall Primary School!
"At Active Suffolk, our aim is to provide many opportunities for all across the county to engage in accessible and enjoyable physical activity. Active Week at Wells Hall is a perfect example of the kinds of projects that we love to support.
"Working collaboratively with Josh Smith, Wells Hall PE Lead, and several of our trusted partner organisations, we were able to assist the school in inviting local organisations to provide a huge variety of activities to their students, and to welcome other primary schools from the surrounding area to be involved too. From archery to axe throwing, climbing walls to crazy golf, roundnet to rugby, the pupils were given the opportunity to get involved with so many different physical activities; some of which they probably have not had the chance to experience before! All children participating were given further information on how they could continue on the activities outside of school if they wish, providing sustainable exit routes.
"We look forward to continuing to work with Wells Hall Primary School to continue on this work, the school have set a fantastic example of going above and beyond in providing their pupils equal opportunities to be physically active. We welcome other schools just like them to do the same to further support their young people's physical, mental and emotional health through physical activity!"
Headteacher at Wells Hall Primary School, Ros Towns said: "Our activity week gives children a taster of so many sports, some of which they wouldn't have tried before. We wanted to show them that sport can be for everyone and the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles.
"The activity week was a huge success, led by our head of PE Josh Smith, and with the support of so many fantastic groups in and around our local community."
Continuing the legacy of the success of the Active Week was also a key concern for all involved. Therefore, as well as making sure that as many children as possible were able to enjoy the activities during the Active Week, the school also gave each child a leaflet that signposted them to various activity groups in their area. This means that children have the chance to hopefully continue on with any of the sports/physical activities that they enjoyed beyond the activity week.
Wells Hall wished to thank all the community groups who organised sessions and Active Suffolk, Explore Outdoor, Abbeycroft Leisure and Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils for their support of the week.