Primary school sports galore at Mark Hall Sports Centre
Education / Tue 25th Jan 2022 am31 11:31am
ANOTHER first for Primary School Sport in Harlow was achieved this afternoon at Mark Hall Sports Centre!
Usually, they only run one C4Life event per calendar year but with the additional funding provided by Active Essex/Sport England, they were able to provide further opportunities to a group of targeted children who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Supported by a group of young female sports leaders from Church Langley, the six teams (Fawbert and Barnard; Hare Street; Church Langley; Nazeing; St Nicholas; and St Albans/St Lukes combined) enjoyed a range of activities but for the first time this event was held indoors.
The sports hall was rammed with golf activities, an athletics obstacle relay track, hockey dribbling, tennis targeting, tchoukball throwing and catching and some ‘Hunger Games’ style archery and scooters!
The children spent the afternoon rotating round and taking turns to experience the activities; medals were provided as a memento of the fantastic occasion.
Thanks to the staff who attended and to the children for their excellent efforts – we were so impressed throughout but were blown away with how they maturely managed the ‘free-choice’ opportunities at the end.
Funding needs to be obtained for daily sports and activities for all children at local centres like schools all around the town and proper community, youth and sports facilities for the youth sports teams and youth clubs. Larger schools should have sports halls and swimming pools and made into community schools. Might sound impossible but this kind of programme was being developed under the GLC and others in London in the 1960s. Harlow has gone backwards in many ways, once we had a velodrome, an Olympic pool + diving, AFFORDABLE discounted sports centre, ski slope and the largest amateur football leagues in Europe etc etc. Great Mark Hall is doing this but generally the uk hasn't the vision too much money out of a small pot goes to elite athlete programmes (the pot needs to be bigger) and those making vast profits from the enthusiasm for sports like the Premier League don't contribute or aren't taxed sufficiently to transform involvement and active participation.