Portsmouth youngsters have a go at games event

HOOP DREAMS Sonny Colwell and Jacob Slevin both seven from Wimborne Junior School receive basketball instruction from Chris Hall, 15, at the multi-sports festival at Priory School in Southsea.  (113701-2)
HOOP DREAMS Sonny Colwell and Jacob Slevin both seven from Wimborne Junior School receive basketball instruction from Chris Hall, 15, at the multi-sports festival at Priory School in Southsea. (113701-2)

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A SCHOOL that puts sport at the heart of everything it does celebrated a games event for dozens of primary schoolchildren.

Short tennis, badminton, football and athletics were among the sports on offer at Priory School for more than 70 seven to nine-year-olds from local primaries.

PING PONG Hannah Siroki, seven, from Wimborne Juniors is taught table tennis by Jakes Barnes, 13.  (113701-1)

PING PONG Hannah Siroki, seven, from Wimborne Juniors is taught table tennis by Jakes Barnes, 13. (113701-1)

The Multi-Sports Festival was run on the day by 25 13 to 16-year-old students at Priory who volunteered to show youngsters from Fernhurst and Wimborne juniors a fun and active afternoon.

Priory manages Portsmouth’s school sport partnership fund worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each year which promotes sports to schoolchildren throughout the city.

Its budget was significantly reduced this year, but the specialist sport college is determined to keep sport at the top of its agenda.

Jamie Lewis, head of community sport who organised the festival, said: ‘We have great facilities here and we want our students as well as the wider community to make good use of them.

‘I was so impressed with our young sports leaders today who volunteered to teach sports to the younger children.

‘It was a big responsibility for them to take on and they did brilliantly.

‘The biggest reward was seeing the happy faces of the primary schoolchildren who were enjoying all the sports activities.’

GCSE student Bradley Clements, 16, volunteered to help.

He said: ‘It has been so much fun and the primary pupils have a really good idea of what sports at Priory is all about.

‘There weren’t any competitions but there was plenty of adrenaline as everyone was cheering away.

‘The atmosphere was amazing.

‘From what I could tell the boys in general enjoyed football the most, where the girls liked the badminton coaching.

‘I’ve volunteered for this twice before and I’d do it every year if I could.’

He added: ‘I’m so pleased I put myself forward for it as it’s a great learning experience for me as much as for the younger children.

‘I think I’d like to be a PE teacher one day.

‘Sport is so important, especially in school as it not only keeps you healthy but it’s great for teamwork.’