Youngsters from local primary schools teamed up for a first ever Sportshall Infants festival at South Cheshire College.
Up to 150 children from six local primary schools took part in the event which was delivered by Crewe and Nantwich Schools Sports Partnership (CNSSP).
Teams of ten children took part in a range of physical exercises under the supervision of sports lecturers and college sports students in the Crewe College’s Sports Arena.
The Key Stage One pupils rotated around different activities including jumping, bouncing, bowling, stepping, throwing and launching and the event culminated with a series of relay races.
Sportshall Infants is based on a set of 12 core activities which are designed to test and develop a child’s ability in the areas such as balance, control and stability, leaping and landing and co-ordination and rhythm.
The programme also tests skills such as speed, foot-eye co-ordination, hand-eye co-ordination, spatial awareness, throwing and agility.
Niall McGregor, School Games Organiser at the CNSSP, said:
“This was the first Sportshall Infants event we have staged in the local area and following its success we hope to run more in the future.
It is important to encourage children to enjoy sport and physical activity at a young age.
Teaching children simple multi-skills at this age helps them to become confident and competent performers and inspires them to develop healthy active lifestyles.”
The festival focused on fun and a need to support each other and sports leaders and college students were encouraged to provide alternative challenges to stretch youngsters at the event.
Schools that took part in the Sportshall Infants event included Wistaston Green Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Stapeley Primary School.
They were joined by pupils from Pear Tree Primary School, Gainsborough Primary School and St Oswalds Worleston Primary School.
Graham Coffey, Head of Sport at South Cheshire College, said:
“We were very pleased to welcome youngsters from different primary schools to the Sportshall Infants festival.
This was the first time we have hosted this event at the College which gave children the chance to engage in sports activities which develop their skills and ability.
Events like this are also an ideal opportunity for our sports students to supervise sports activities and help out with a major event which helps them with their course.”
For more information about sports courses at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk