Good sports

Deaf Hill Primary School pupils
Deaf Hill Primary School pupils

SCHOOLCHILDREN are proving they are good sports after picking up a prestigious award for their activities.

Deaf Hill Primary School beat tough competition from across County Durham to be crowned winner during the County Durham Sports Partnership Awards.

The school, based in Trimdon Station, won the Primary School Contribution to PE and School Sport award.

It comes after the school, which has 97 pupils, won a host of prestigious sporting accolades and awards throughout the year and a range of sports and clubs were introduced to the school.

The accolade was announced during a glitzy ceremony at Durham’s Ramside Hall Hotel, which featured Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic 800m runner Diane Modahl as guest speaker.

The school’s deputy headteacher Peter Atherton and Lisa Foster, a higher level teaching assistant and classroom assistant at the school, accepted the award.

Mr Atherton paid tribute to mum-of-three Lisa, from Trimdon Station, who has been instrumental in introducing various sports and activities to the school.

He said: “For the past few years, Lisa has been the one who has organised all the PE in the school – she has been the driving force behind what goes on with our school sports.

“Every competition that our school can enter, we have entered a team.”

Mr Atherton said the school’s wide range of sports includes football, hockey, netball, basketball, athletics, fencing, skipping, dance, gymnastics, cricket, tag rugby and rugby league.

He added that the school’s youngsters had also achieved individual successes, including one girl who went on to represent east Durham in the County Durham athletics final and youngsters who now play rugby at Horden with the Peterlee Pumas team.

Mr Atherton said: “The children are really getting a taste of different things and there is always a good turnout.

“For such a small school to win this is absolutely brilliant.

“In an area of social deprivation like Deaf Hill, giving these kids opportunities now will hopefully stay with them for life.

“The knock-on effect of having a healthy body is a healthy mind and getting involved means pupils then go on to have hopefully a future involved in activity and sport.”

The school was shortlisted as east Durham winner of the category and staff and pupils were ecstatic when they were announced as overall county winner.