YOUNGSTERS were given a pat on the back for their sporting achievements when an MP paid them a visit.
Children at Clavering Primary School were delighted to be visited by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright who came into the school to present the children with two special sports awards. As reported in the Mail last week, Clavering became the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded the GOLD standard of the School Games Kitemark last summer and followed this by gaining the GOLD standard of the Youth Sport Trust Kitemark.
During a special assembly, the eight members of the Clavering School Games Organising Crew – Olivia Mitchell, Sophie Crowther, Luke Robinson, Kyle Checksfield, Dylan Braithwaite, Ben McMorris, Ellie-Mae Rennie and Stephanie Paul – shared the various successes that the school has recently had in competitive sport, whilst also emphasising the many wider benefits that the Clavering PE and Sport Programme bring to the school and its pupils.
Mr Wright said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Clavering Primary School to be the first school in the town to achieve the GOLD standard of the School Games Kitemark, as well as the GOLD standard of the Youth Sport Trust.
“Giving children a love of sport, from the earliest possible age, provides dividends throughout that child’s life in terms of learning lessons of healthy eating, active lifestyles, hard work, determination and team work.
“I think it is a huge recognition of Clavering’s success and I was honoured to present these awards.”
Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, who directs the Clavering PE and Sport Programme alongside PE co-ordinator Alan Piggford, added: “It meant a lot to the children that Mr Wright was able to take the time to come and speak to them and congratulate the school on what we have achieved.
“The eight members of our School Games Organising Crew who presented to Mr Wright are great examples of what we are trying to achieve.”