Selwood Housing and SportInspired joined forces earlier this year to support the communities in which Selwood work, to develop skills and inspire activity. The project launched with an inclusive and inspirational multi-sport festival in June 2015, which raised awareness of the sporting opportunities available for young people locally to inspire them to continue being active.
As a direct result, in September 2015 following the summer break, 3 brand new sports clubs started in 3 of the primary schools. One of these was a gymnastics club at The Manor School in Melksham. 3 months on the Headteacher, Kerry Haines, is more than pleased with how these sessions are progressing:
“The Selwood Housing funding has enabled us to hold a Gymnastic club once a week after school in term 2. Fifteen children in total attended the club, many of these children had not attended a gymnastics club outside of the school prior to this. The children developed a range of gymnastic skills which challenged them both physically and mentally. There was a big focus on working together and building confidence.
The club, funded by Selwood Housing, has helped us engage young people in a sport which may not be readily available to them, either through cost or accessibility to provision (Gymnastics clubs in Wiltshire have a 3-6 month waiting list). Several children have now show an interest in joining a local club to continue their training.
Lucy attended the club every week, she said;
“I really enjoyed gym club. You got to work with different people doing fun exercises. I can now do the splits which I could not do before. I also know how gymnasts should stand and finish routines.”
We hope that the delivery of this club has promoted an active lifestyle and given children the opportunity to try something other than sport in school. We plan to continue working with the gymnastic coaches, possibly introducing a new sport like trampolining to the children.”
The team here at SportInspired are delighted for the pupils and the and can’t wait to hear more about the trampolining! Four more new clubs like this are set to start in early 2016 across 4 of the other schools who were involved in the programme. Make sure you return here to read more about the lasting legacy of the first ever Selwood Housing Games!