School funded to boost sport

Youngsters from Barton Seagrave celebrate the school's �6,000 grant to host sport events in the community
Youngsters from Barton Seagrave celebrate the school's �6,000 grant to host sport events in the community

A sporty primary school has been awarded more than £6,000 to help bring the Olympics to the community.

Barton Seagrave Primary School, in Belvoir Drive, is the only primary in the county to be awarded the £6,600 grant by the London 2012 Olympics education programme, Get Set.

The school is now aiming to get other schools in the area involved in local sports, with the primary planning to invite schools to a special training session held by professional athletes at Kettering Athletics Track in June.

The school also went out on a sports roadshow last week, visiting six other schools to stage an athletics day at each of them.

Deputy headteacher Philip Grantham said: “The sports sessions went down extremely well and all of the children have shown such brilliant enthusiasm.

“It’s all about making this year special for the Olympics and keeping up the momentum.

“It’s important to get children involved in sports at a young age.

“The feedback we’ve had from the other schools has been great and the events we’ve planned won’t be the last – it’s all about making the legacy last.”

The school is also planning to stage a sports day in tandem with its partner school in Ghana, and both schools will compare results afterwards.

Seb Coe, chairman of the Olympics Organising Committee, said: “Schools like Barton Seagrave are brilliant advocates for London 2012 – demonstrating what a positive difference linking learning to the Games can make to young people.”