Outdoor fun for Whitby youngsters at academy

Jasmine Kent of Airy Hill at the Future Stars Academy
Jasmine Kent of Airy Hill at the Future Stars Academy
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YEARS three and four children from the Whitby area primary schools enjoyed some outdoor fun when they attended the East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre.

This was the last of 18 sessions that started in January.

Phoebe Corner of Lealholm at the Future Stars Academy

Phoebe Corner of Lealholm at the Future Stars Academy

Every school was asked to nominate three or four children. They were then split into four-week blocks with 25 children in each.

Mic Bates, the Schools Community Sports Coach, delivered multi-skills sessions with help from five sixth form Whitby Community College ‘Step into Sport’ students – Eve Locker, Liz Hodgson, Mollie Smith, Jodie McConnell and Fliss Berry.

At the end of each four-week block, all the children were tested for key sporting attributes such as balance, agility and speed.

The 75 children were then narrowed down to 25 who were subsequently invited to attend a ‘Multi-skills Academy’.

Lilly Newman of Fylingdales at the Future Stars Academy

Lilly Newman of Fylingdales at the Future Stars Academy

Guest coaches then delivered six weeks of sports-specific coaching and the children enjoyed cricket, athletics, martial arts, rugby, volleyball and finally team building and sledging.

Sports Unlimited funding was provided by the Active Scarborough Whitby Filey Community Sports Network to pay for the sessions.

Pete Woolley, the Ryedale and Whitby School Sports Co-ordinator, said: “It was great to see so many local primary school children further developing their sports skills.

“All of the guest coaches commented on how much they had enjoyed coaching such responsive sporty children.

Finley Pennock of East Whitby at the Future Stars Academy

Finley Pennock of East Whitby at the Future Stars Academy

“After the success of the 18-week programme, I am hoping that we will find funding for a similar scheme next year.

“A big thank-you to Eskdale School for providing a venue for the sessions.”