Students at Portsmouth's St Edmund's School show they are good sports at awards nightÂ
St Edmund's School haveÂ hosted their annual '˜Sports Personality Awards Evening' to celebrate the sporting achievements of their pupils.Â
Students received awards in recognition of not only sportingÂ successÂ but also their attitude, commitment and teamwork.
Categories included '˜Most Improved Player', '˜Most Committed Player', '˜Best Newcomer' andÂ '˜Unsung Hero'.
PE teacher and event organiser, Megan Evans said: '˜We compete in a lot of fixtures and run a rangeÂ of sports clubs. Tonight is a chance to celebrateÂ the fantastic success that pupils have had.'
The school believes that what makes these awards so special is thatÂ all nominees are selected by their teammates.
Head of PE, Adam Poxton, said: '˜All the pupilsÂ have been selected by their peers. We have nothing to do with it.'
Mr Poxton believes that sportÂ playsÂ significant role in providing an environment in which all students have the opportunity to achieve.
'˜We find that pupils who may struggle academicallyÂ often thrive in a sporting arena. Sport allows children to develop both confidence and transferable skills for theÂ classroom,' said Mr Poxton.
The culmination of the presentation wasÂ the accolade of '˜Sports Personality' which this year was awarded to year 10 studentÂ Leighanne Leonardia, 15.
'˜I am so pleased to have won this award. Next year I will be team captain. Hopefully other pupils can look up to me and aspire to win the award in the future,' said Leighanne.
Presenting the awards were returning pupils Sam Magri and Nathan Ashmore whoÂ play professional football for Ebbsfleet United. 'This is a fantastic evening which I was delighted to support. The studentsÂ should beÂ proud of their achievements,'Â said Mr Ashmore.