The Youth Sport Trust celebrated a host of schools, young people and teachers at the YST National Conference 2017, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, with the annual awards being handed to those who have inspired and led change in PE, school sport and physical activity.
The highly competitive schools awards saw unprecedented entries from across the country for three categories. The YST Outstanding Primary School, an award sponsored by ESPO, was awarded to Brockwell Junior School, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Highly commended was St Breock, in Wadebridge, Cornwall.
It was Wright Robinson College in Greater Manchester that won the YST Outstanding Secondary School, an award sponsored by Thomas International. King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage, Oxfordshire was highly commended.
Headteacher at Wright Robinson College, Neville Beischer said:
This award makes me and the staff immensely proud – as well as the parents and students. It truly was a team effort to get us to this point and I’ll always be grateful to the students, staff, parents and the governors because we really have worked together as a team. That is teamwork, sport and PE at its very best.
Redwood Secondary School in Rochdale was named as the YST Outstanding Special Education Needs Disability (SEND) School, an award sponsored by PGL. Friars Academy in Wellingborough was highly commended.
David Butterworth, Head of PE at Redwood Secondary School said:
We are extremely proud to be recognised as YST Outstanding SEND school for 2017. It’s an amazing achievement to win this national award in the compnay of such outstanding practitioners.
Harry Nugent (pictured), a post 16 student, from Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in the Wirral, Cheshire, won the Beckwith Award (young person), for his inspiring story of determination and leadership through sport. Harry, described as a “true trailblazer” by his school, is Head Boy at Clare Mount, and as well as representing the college across a range of sport, has also been involved in speaking passionately about the Tennis Foundations’ Beyond the Baseline mentoring project at St. James’s Palace in front of the Duchess of Gloucester and heading the first Special Olympics delegation to take part in the International School Sport Games in Greece.
Harry was born with Dytonia Parkinsonsim, a degenerative condition, and also has autistic tendancies but none of this has deterred him from embracing sport and inspiring others. His ‘can do’ attitude is attributed to his parents Phil and Claire, and brother Ollie has also been an inspiration, with the family watching him compete at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
Highly commended were Jemima Browning from Tadcaster Grammar in North Yorkshire, Said Jamal from Clifton Community School in Rotherham and Luke Rees, from the University of South Wales.
It was just amazing to win it and my teachers were here when I got the award. I’ve done lots of sports and things like Beyond the Baseline, my cricket, rounders, football, tennis – nearly everything.
When asked about what’s important about sport and the impact it’s had on his life Harry said: “I’m inspired by my brother who’s been to the Paralympics last year. Sport has developed my communication skills and helped me to be a leader.”
It was Chloe Adderley from Winsor High School & Sixth Form who was awarded the Youth Sport Award for Outstanding Achievement. Chloe was nominated for going “over and beyond within her leadership” over the past year, exceeding her targets in volunteering and well-being due to her commitment and passion in sport and physical activity.
Regularly leading her peers in lessions, she assists in extra-curricular clubs from gymnastics to netball and as well as being a talented athlete herself, she has demonstrated leaderships skills through her coaching and support of other students. She has led and assisted in a variety of School Games level 1 and 2 competitions and was chosen to lead along with other students at the level 4 School Games at Loughborough in the Summer.
Onto the teaching staff who have inspired and led change in schools and it was Marie Hunter, Headteacher at Penryn College in Cornwall, who won the Campbell Award (practitioner). Highly commended were; Ann Brown, Westcroft School in Wolverhampton; Denise Gladwell, St Breock School in Cornwall; Derek Peaple, Park House School in Newbury, Berkshire; Kim Webster, Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in the Wirral, Cheshire; Richard Varey, Blessed Trinity School in Burnley, Lancashire; Lisa Fathers, Bright Futures Education Trust in Greater Manchester; David Ellis, York High School in York; and Sue Ljewsky, Friars School in Northamptonshire.
The YST Outstanding Innovation Partner Winner was TopYa! With screen time seen as the enemy of physical activity and of social and emotional wellbeing, it is being ‘stolen back’ with this partner working closely with the YST in the UK through the School Games, by using just one minute of screen time to provide a yield of 35 minutes of activity.
Highly Commended were Sporting Futures, a social enterprise based in Hertfordshire, an early adopter and trailblazer harnessing the potential of apprenticeships with an alternative path into teaching, working with the YST to provide graduate apprentices employed in schools.