Sporty pupils fly stars and stripes

BAT'S THE WAY: From left, Ellie Stoker, Luke Grayson, Jacob Noonan and Emily Beston.

BAT'S THE WAY: From left, Ellie Stoker, Luke Grayson, Jacob Noonan and Emily Beston.

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ACTIVE youngsters got a taste of America at a summer school with a twist.

The American Sports Camp was held at New Seaham Academy to give primary school-age youngsters a chance to try different sports during the summer holidays.

way to go: Children taking part in the camp.

way to go: Children taking part in the camp.

The summer camp, aimed at Years 4, 5 and 6, was funded through the Byron Terrace school.

It gave those who took part the chance to try 10 different sports and activities, which are usually played in the USA.

The four core sports were American football, baseball, basketball and dry ice hockey.

But the boys and girls also got the chance to try their hand at other pursuits, such as dodgeball, cheerleading and frisbee.

Steve Huntley, who runs the summer camps, said: “This is the first time a school in the North East has hosted this particular summer camp.

“It gives the youngsters the chance to try something they wouldn’t otherwise do and it keeps them fit and active.”

He said the summer schools also help the children improve their team-building skills, and the coaches also talk to them about life in America. Steve added: “The kids absolutely loved it. It was a huge success. They enjoyed doing the different sports.”

Youngsters each had a diary to fill in every day to keep a record of their week, and there were lots of prizes and certificates given out to make the summer camp even more fun.