Flamborough Primary School won the first East Riding Primary Panathlon in Bridlington on the 12th July. The Bridlington School (pictured above) beat three other teams from across East Riding area to be crowned champions.
Maxine Blackburn, Head Teacher of Flamborough School said, “We are a fully inclusive school so it has been really good to bring our children and witness them excel. They also have benefitted socially as well as in a sporting way.”
Runners-up Hilderthorpe School saw parents come to watch their children compete. Steph Allsopp watched son Jack compete for the first time. (See picture above left Jack in red) Steph said, “I am a proud parent today of my 11 year old son, I would just like to say what an amazing experience and opportunity this has been for my child to take part.
He has commented numerous times that as a child with a disability in a mainstream school he never gets picked to be in a sports team. It is fantastic that you do something for these disabled young people who deserve to be part of a team and be included, thank you so much”
Julie Hoggarth, SENCO at Hilderthorpe endorsed the comments, “these are great activities for all abilities. This is such a great opportunity to include all the children that would rarely be chosen to take part in sporting events with other schools.”
Andy Watts, Sports Co-ordinator at Kings Mill School in Driffield, a lead instigator in helping get this area involved said, ” I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic day today – the kids (and staff) loved it! Our range of children enjoyed all aspects of the day. Thanks again and can’t wait to do it again.”
Angel Rhodes PDM of the Bridlington School Sports Partnership said, “this is the first time for our partnership and what a fantastic experience that it has been. I will be spreading the word and look forward to this again next school year.”
Leaders from Bridlington Sports College participated as officials (pictured left)
Jonja Alves said, “Everyone got on really well and worked together as teams. I didn’t realize that the children would be as competitive as they have been. This has been a great opportunity for them.”
1. Flamborough 31
2. Hilderthorpe 22
3. Leven 21
4. Kingsmill 16
Thanks to Andy Watts of Kings Mill SSP and Angel Rhodes of Bridlington SSP for getting the East Riding involvement off the ground and helping in delivery of this first event.