School sport: Academy Games keep pupils on the right track

Doncaster Academy's taking part in the Academy Games at EIS....Sam Bleything of Don Valley Academy in the Triple Jump
Doncaster Academy's taking part in the Academy Games at EIS....Sam Bleything of Don Valley Academy in the Triple Jump

Pupils from Rossington All Saints, Ash Hill, Don Valley and De Warrene got a lesson in the power of sport at the first ever School Partnership Trust Academy Games.

More than 400 secondary school students competed in the inaugural event at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield earlier this month.

Tyler Harding (right) of the De Warenne Academy winning the 60 meters

Tyler Harding (right) of the De Warenne Academy winning the 60 meters

A superb team performance saw Don Valley finish in second place overall, behind the winners from Lincolnshire, The Vale Academy.

But the event, ran by Doncaster based schools partnership organisation Active Fusion, was more about the taking part than the winning, according to event organisers.

Lindsy James, partnership director for Active Fusion, said: “Sport teaches us many things, competing in school sports helps young people learn about winning and losing which positively prepares them for the future.

“This event demonstrated how powerful sport can be in developing team work, dedication and sportsmanship.”

Doncaster Academy's taking part in the Academy Games at EIS....Rossington All Saints team taking part

Doncaster Academy's taking part in the Academy Games at EIS....Rossington All Saints team taking part

Students competed in a range of track and field events to battle it out to become the overall SPT Academy champions.

The four Doncaster academies were joined by pupils from Queen Elizabeth, Garforth, Hanson, South Leeds, Serlby and The Vale.

For more information about Active Fusion and the School Partnership Trust visit www.activefusion.org.uk and www.schoolpartnershiptrust.org.uk.