The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation’s School Sport Partnership and Leeds United’s PL Primary Stars are continuing to support Outwood Grange Academies Trust’s primary schools throughout Lockdown.
When last Monday’s third national Lockdown came into effect, schools were directly affected, moving to online learning immediately, which had a damaging result on many children’s opportunity to engage in physical activity.
In a bid to keep sport amongst the routine of home education, Wakefield SSP and Leeds United’s PL Primary Stars recreated their sessions online, allowing children and teachers the chance to take part via the SSP YouTube channel.
From an SSP point of view, the staff are dedicated to helping delivery throughout the day, assisting with morning sessions, running lunchtime clubs and delivering active PE sessions for the children currently attending school.
While Leeds United’s PL Primary Stars – which is partnered with Wakefield’s SSP – staff are based in around seven schools for one afternoon per week, delivering numerous sessions while assisting the class teachers in any way possible.
Alongside the great work currently being delivered in the 10 schools mentioned, the three SSP specialists are also in charge of delivering a 30-minute ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ every morning for both children attending school as well as for those learning at home.
After proposing the idea, SSP manager at the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, Luke Shale, was keen to put the plans into place and support Outwood throughout this difficult phase.
“We are delighted to still be able to support the 10 Outwood Grange Academies Trust primary schools during these very testing times,” Luke explained.
“As soon as we were made aware to the possibility of the schools closing, we contacted the Chief Executive Principle of the Outwood Trust, Lee Wilson, to discuss how we can continue to support and assist the schools, not just in a PE capacity, but in other areas as well.
“Overall, we are really pleased with what we have delivered over the last couple of weeks and will continue to support schools until they return back to some sort of normality.”
The Foundation and our surrounding partners are dedicated not to let the importance of physical activity get lost amongst the pandemic.
This provision currently set out by the SSP will last until we have further government guidance on schools and we are pleased that it is making some difference to the health and wellbeing of children and teachers alike.