Academy to host sporting Excel-lence for schoolchildren

Holly Potts & MiltonPupils from Primary Schools across the City will come together as part of a special event to celebrate National School Sport Week.

More than 240 schoolchildren, aged between 8 and 11 years old, will take part in The Excel Academy School Games on Friday, June 27th, where they will get to try a range of exciting Olympic and Paralympic sports, as well as take part in opening and closing ceremonies.

The event is being delivered by 30 volunteers and sports leaders from the Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green, and is part of the National School Games framework. It is also part of the Academy’s transition programme that supports children in the area through their educational progression.

Now in its third year, the event has become a regular feature on the last day of National School Sport Week and is enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.

John Patino, Chief Executive Principal for Excel Academy, said: “This event forms a crucial part of our sports transition programme with cluster primary schools and is a great way of showing pupils around the sporting facilities at Excel Academy.

“We have fantastic role models and sports leaders who are able to work with the young children before they arrive at our Academy in the coming years.

“This event also gives the young people a great chance to try a new sport and get involved with local sports groups who come along to support the event.”

The Stoke-on-Trent Access Team and Stoke Spitfires Wheelchair Basketball Club will support the event by carrying out sports sessions in Boccia, Goal ball and New Age Kurling, to raise awareness and engagement in disability sports.
Mr Patino, added: “We hope all participants and sports leaders have a fun filled day as we demonstrate the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics is alive and well in Stoke-on-Trent.”

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