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Durham School Wins Impact Award

Durham-based New Brancepeth Primary School has been announced

as one of the first winners of the School Games Impact Awards, for their innovative project that looked to target local young people and encourage them to be physically active. 

A network of School Games Organisers (SGOs) and School Games County

Alliances have worked alongside children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust in

delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games inception in 2010 -

ranging from intra -inter school activity. 

Launched for the academic year 2021/22, the Impact Awards are designed to

celebrate the impact achieved for young people by the network of local School

Games Organisers, Active Partnerships and Schools.  

 There are five categories based on the overall School Games’ outcomes, plus a

special category for 2020/21 based on the Commonwealth Games. The winners

were announced at the Youth Sport Trust House at Prince Albert High School in

Birmingham on August 3, as part of a celebration of all activity that had been made

possible thanks to a £2 million investment from Sport England from Birmingham

2022 legacy funding. 

New Brancepeth Primary School won the Opportunity Supporters Award. This

recognises activities that give young people the opportunity to focus on character

development and employment skills through taking up leadership or volunteer roles. 

New Brancepeth Primary School realised that after almost two years of restrictions

and lockdowns that their student’s physical fitness, teamwork skills had been

impacted. The Senior Leadership Team and PE Lead, Amelia Robertson, decided to

allot time within the timetable to prioritise 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

They rotated five different activities each week depending on the skills and areas

that needed improvement. Amelia and colleagues worked with the School Games

and other partners to identify the needed areas of physical development based on

assessments of their pupils. 

Amelia Robertson commented; “The positive impact we’ve had on our local children

and young people involved in the activity is reward enough, however we are

delighted to have won an Impact Award. Hopefully the activity we created will now be

replicated by others across the network, or inspire them to try something similar to

help increase children and young people’s physical activity. 

Clare Warburton, Development Manager at Youth Sport Trust and Impact Awards

judge commented; “We received over a hundred entries across the academic year

but New Brancepeth Primary School’s really stood out. 

“It was clear from the results of the activity and feedback from the panel of judges

that real positive impact had been made. By working with children and young people

and wider partners, the team have created an innovative opportunity to engage with

their target audience, support children to feel a sense of belonging and it’s a great

example worthy of celebration.” 

Charlie Crane, Senior Manager in the Children and Young People team at Sport

England and Impact Awards judge commented; “The School Games network does

incredible work in schools across the country, which has an amazing impact on the

lives of children and young people. 

“It’s so important that we celebrate and shout about the fantastic work those in the

network, such as the team at New Brancepeth Primary School do. Not just so we

can all see the scope of what the network achieve together, but also to allow the

School Games to continue to grow and adapt to changing needs of young people.” 

To find out more about the School Games Impact Awards, and all the winning


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