School Games Mark Gold Celebration
Hampshire Schools get a taste of adventure at Marwell Activity Centre, to celebrate achieving Gold Mark.
All the schools who joined us at Marwell had achieved Gold for the School Games Mark Award. This is a national accredited award, for the 2016/17 academic year.
The School Games Mark Award is a government-led scheme. It rewards schools for their dedication to developing school sport and competition. Teachers chose 4-6 pupils to represent their school. These children were selected because of their commitment as sports leaders and ambassadors.
Over 100 pupils attended across two days. Set within the pine forest, schools worked together to complete an array of challenges. These included climbing, archery, gladiator and the adventure course. There was heaps of excitement as children swung through trees, crawled through muddy tunnels and raced up the gladiator ropes.
Sharon White, PE Coordinator from Nursling Primary School said:
“I cannot tell you how much it meant to our children. They were buzzing throughout and could not have had a better experience. It is something they will remember for a long time. Once we returned to school and their parents were present they did not stop talking about their day.”
Marwell practices ‘Challenge by Choice’ which allows pupils to make their own decisions on how far to push themselves. All the children showed fantastic resilience and determination throughout the activities. The event helped children develop new skills, new friendships and a love for outdoor adventure.
Sharon Robertson, Strategic Lead – Children & Young People from Energise Me said:
Energise Me are keen to recognise the outstanding achievement and hard work that schools put into place throughout the year to gain the School Games Mark Gold Award and this event is our opportunity to do just that. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces and young people having fun, meeting new people, trying different challenging activities and being physically active.
For more information on Gold Mark you can have a chat with our Project Officer for PE & School Sport, Alannah Stephenson.