It will be our pleasure to welcome the new Acting Minister for Sport David Evanett MP and Margot James MP to Greenfield on Friday 22 January to look at our sporting provision and talk to our children about what physical activity means for them.
We are proud of the sporting and physical opportunities our children have at Greenfield and try to introduce even more sport into our curriculum every year. If you have children, who have been through our school, you should already know of what is available but if your children have just started with us, here’s a reminder of our sporting offer.
* We have run swimming lessons for our Year 3 children every Tuesday afternoon at the Crystal Leisure Centre 25m pool for many years. Our children are very fortunate to have the expertise of experienced coach Mrs Elaine Mills on the poolside and our staff in the water.
* Richard Newell, Head of Midland Futsal Academy, has become a very familiar and popular figure at Greenfield. He’s here every Thursday, running fitness circuit training in Key Stage 2 and working with our Reception children during the morning, coaching Year 3 and Year 4 throughout the afternoon and finally running his highly successful Brazilian Futsal after school club.
* We are also pleased to have introduced volleyball to our PE curriculum with professional coach Niky Nikolov from Redhill School Volleyball Club and coach to Birmingham University’s men’s team. Niky coaches our children from Year 1 up to Year 6 and is preparing a team for our very first tournament on Saturday 6 February. Our children are able to continue their volleyball development at Redhill and some of our former pupils in their under 16’s girls’ squad are playing at a national tournament in Manchester tomorrow!
* Our annual paddlesport experience of bellboating with Olympian Andy Train has become part of being in Key Stage 2 for our Greenfield children and I am looking forward to watching the children compete in their first regatta in July. Let’s hope we can enjoy being on the water in some beautiful weather!
* Our links with coaches from West Bromwich Albion, Stourbridge Tennis Club, Stourbridge Rugby Club and West Midlands Police also bring so many benefits to our children, enriching our children’s health, fitness and self-confidence. The children develop individually, work together and learn how to win and lose with equal grace and sportsmanship. There is no doubt that taking part does count but the chance to taste success as Black Country 2015 Tag Rugby Champions for the third time in five years was an exhilarating experience for the children too.
* Dance too is growing at Greenfield. Neat Feet on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Lynne Rowell gives the children a thorough grounding in tap, modern and ballet as well as the chance to work towards exams. Dizzee Dance on Fridays with Ali Pritchard allows the children to really enjoy the music, express themselves and develop their own street dance style.
* We are also very grateful for the significant contribution our own excellent team of teachers make to the children’s physical development through weekly PE lessons, outdoor games and a broad range of after school clubs. Children can enjoy netball, cricket, football, rounders, athletics, tennis, hockey, golf and even abseiling, if they go on our outdoor adventure residential in Year 6!
To celebrate our enthusiasm for all sports and physical activity (as well as giving the Minster a pleasant surprise), our children are invited to dress up in sports/exercise/dance gear of their choice next Friday, 22 January. Children could dress up for a sport for which they already have a passion or what may be more exciting would be to dress up for an activity that they are fascinated in and would like to try in the future. They could even take the opportunity to dress up as their own favourite Sports Personality of 2016! We realise that we may, of course, see lots of budding footballers but it would be great to see some more original sporting outfits too.
There will be really good prizes for the most interesting and creative outfits. We shall feature as many as we can on ‘Greenfield TV’ in our entrance hall during the following week, so please pop in and have a look.