A GUERNSEY Sports Commission initiative which gives schoolchildren the opportunity to develop key sporting skills has had its future secured by four local companies.
Alliance, Guernsey Dairy, Le Friquet Home of Garden and Living and The Medical Specialist Group have agreed to sponsor the PE in Schools programme for the next three years.
‘PE in Schools was originally launched as a pilot during 2011 aimed at children in Years 3 and 4. It has gone from strength to strength and so with the support of Alliance, Guernsey Dairy, Le Friquet Home of Garden and Living and The Medical Specialist Group, we can continue to offer this programme which has so many benefits for youngsters,’ said Graham Chester, Guernsey Sports Commission operations director.
The progamme, which is led by the Guernsey Sports Commission’s PE and sport development officers, gives children in all of the island’s primary and Junior Schools the opportunity to develop a wide range of key skills that will be transferable across all sports. PE in Schools is taught over five week term blocks. With each of the three terms, it focuses on a key PE curriculum area; invasion games, net and wall games or striking and fielding. Each school is also provided with lesson plans to ensure that the teachers can build on the lessons and incorporate ideas that they have learned.
‘Levels of obesity in society are increasing all of the time and one of the simplest ways of tackling that issue is by encouraging a passion for sport at an early age. The PE in Schools programme aims to give youngsters a wide range of skills that they can use in sport which will not only increase their ability but also their enjoyment,’ said Mr Chester.
‘The support from Alliance, Guernsey Dairy, Le Friquet Home of Garden and Living and The Medical Specialist Group is absolutely invaluable as it secures the future of the programme for the next three years. We have already seen an improvement with the youngsters who have taken part in the programme so far and this level of sponsorship ensures that more children are able to take part and ultimately benefit from the programme.’