A local primary school has been presented with a sports award by Olympic runner Nigel Levine in recognition of outstanding work encouraging children to take up sports.
Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Hastings, was awarded with the Sainsbury’s Silver Games Sports Award.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Awards, founded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. It is described as a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people a to take part in more competitive school sport.
Ark Blackland’s Head Teacher, Lorraine Clarke, says the Sports Award recognises the opportunities that the school has offered to attract young people to participate in a range of physical activities.
“It also recognises how Ark Blacklands is utilising sports coaches to support children in their participation of school sport,” she said.
British Olympic 400m Runner Nigel Levine presented the school with the award.
Ms Clarke added: “We are very proud of all of our staff, sports coaches and students for working together to create an award-winning sports programme at school.
“Sport and physical exercise is an important part of life at Ark Blacklands. We recognise that participating in sport from a young age is vital for fostering good physical health in later life – and that is why we’ve worked so hard to foster an appreciation of sport in our students.”