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Arlies is a 'Gold Kitemark' School

The Mayor of Tameside visited school for the presentation of the Gold Kitemark for Sports award in November 2015!



Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Kitemark
September 2014

Arlies Primary School in Stalybridge is celebrating after being recognised for its commitment to competitive sport by achieving the prestigious Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Mark award.  This follows the school’s award in 2012/13 for ‘Commitment to Competition’ which was awarded by the Tameside School Sports Partnership for the school that shows the most commitment to attending and participating in their sports competitions.

The Sainsbury's School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England, and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, provide a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country by encouraging them to take part in competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.

To recognise good practice schools are encouraged to apply for the Mark to celebrate their achievement and Arlies has been successful in achieving the Gold standard.

Over the last year, Arlies has taken part in a range of competitive sporting opportunities including successful School Games Days as well as competing in over ten different sports at Borough Level. These were traditional sports such as football, rugby and cricket as well as new sports for the children to enjoy like kool kurling. Over the course of 2014/15 we hope this will continue, as we offer our children a wide variety of sporting opportunities. 

Gareth Hughes, Arlies’ PE Coordinator said:"We are overjoyed as a school to achieve the Gold standard for the first time ever.  A huge amount of credit has to go to the children who have enjoyed and embraced a wide range of new sports. The commitment and enthusiasm that they have demonstrated in a wide variety of different sports has been nothing short of amazing over the past year. We now look to the next challenge in school and hope that this year our children can surpass the achievements of 2013/14 as we look to compete in, and enjoy, as many different sports as possible." 

Headteacher, Sue Collins went on to say:"Our school feels that it is incredibly important that we offer all of our children a variety of different opportunities throughout the curriculum. Sport is a huge part of this so it is a fantastic achievement to have worked so hard towards, and achieved the Gold Kitemark.”
John Steele, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, added:“With thousands of schools across the country registered for the Sainsbury’s School Games it is important that the Mark recognises and celebrates the great work that is going on too."