London 2012 grant joy for primary school

Seamer and Irton School have secured a grant from the Olympic committee to train young sports leaders in Scarborough.Front Sports Instructor Gary Hindle,pupil Kay Gomersall,and Teacher Lisa Ponter,pictured with the course group..Picture Richard Ponter 122612
Seamer and Irton School have secured a grant from the Olympic committee to train young sports leaders in Scarborough.Front Sports Instructor Gary Hindle,pupil Kay Gomersall,and Teacher Lisa Ponter,pictured with the course group..Picture Richard Ponter 122612

A Scarborough school is embarking on a project to train sports leaders of the future - thanks to a £4,000 grant from the organisers of London 2012.

Seamer and Irton Primary School submitted a winning bid for cash from the Olympic and Paralympic Games organising committee, the only school in North Yorkshire to receive such funding.

The grant will be used to support pupils from local schools plan and lead a Paralympic-themed sports festival.

Partner schools include Newby and Scalby, Wheatcroft, St Peter’s, Barrowcliff, Overdale and Northstead.

Youngsters who attend Springhead School and Woodlands School have been invited to attend the event, which will be hosted by Scarborough Rugby Club in September.

As well as organising the festival, which will include Paralympic-inspired activities, the sports leaders will work towards a leadership award designed for primary school children.

The Paralympic PRIDE Ambassadors project has been put together by teacher Lisa Ponter and sports instructor Gary Hindle.

PRIDE is based on a simplified version of the seven values of the Games - Personal Excellence, Respect and Friendship, Inspiration, Determination and Courage, and Equality.

The pair travelled to London recently to meet with Olympic and Paralympic officials in order to finalise their project.

Mrs Ponter said: “It was wonderful to hear the news that our bid had been successful. We put in a lot of hard work and it was nice to receive recognition for that.

“The most important thing for us is the fact that we are able to bring together a group of pupils from a number of schools and help them to develop new skills and confidence. Sport is a wonderful medium through which to do this.

“Planning a sports festival like this will be a tall order, but we know that the young sports leaders will do the job well. They have the determination and the right attitude.”