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Funding puts sport in Premier league

playing ball: Schoolchildren at a sports festival organised by the SAFC Foundation of Light, at Sunderland Universitys City Space.

playing ball: Schoolchildren at a sports festival organised by the SAFC Foundation of Light, at Sunderland Universitys City Space.

CHILDREN got fit and had fun as part of a new project to boost sports in schools.

Funding from the Premier League School Sport programme allowed coaches from the Foundation of Light to spend six weeks teaching games to pupils throughout the city.

A festival was held at City Space, in Chester Road, featuring teams from schools including Blackfell Primary, East Boldon Juniors and Whitburn Village Primary.

Ian Archbold, Foundation of Light competition and events coordinator, said: “We were given a pot of money by the Premier League to encourage sporting activities in schools.

“The kids taking part today are all in years five and six and they’re taking part in a range of mixed, non-competitive sports, working as part of a team.

“They’ve responded brilliantly to the course. We’ve deliberately put them in teams with children from other schools so that it encourages them to engage with other children and takes them out of their comfort zone.”

More than 180 children took part in the programme, with more courses planned for the future.

Ian added: “It’s an ongoing programme that we’ll be doing for the next three years.

“It’s free for schools and we’d like to deliver it in as many as we can.”

Svenja Dudel, a student teacher with Grangetown Primary School, said: “I’ve noticed a change in the pupils over the course of the programme, especially in their teamwork and how they mix with each other.

“Everyone is smiling today.

“They’ve had a great day and I think it’s a great idea to encourage them to mix with other schools.”

 

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