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Launch of Story Homes’ Schools Sports Initiative

December 11, 2012

Story Homes is helping local Schools in Carlisle to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.

In partnership with Carlisle and District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Foundation (SPAAF) and with the help of Steven Fraser, Head of St Michael’s School in Dalston, Story Homes has funded the delivery of an exciting sporting programme for six local schools – potentially including 500 primary school children aged 10-11 years.

The sports sessions will be delivered by SPAA’s experienced and fully trained coaches. The Schools involved in the pilot scheme are: Brook Street, Newtown School, Kirkbampton, Rockcliffe, St Cuthbert’s RC School and Bishop Harvey Goodwin School.

As well as having fun the children will take part in both competitive and individual games with an emphasis on enjoyment. They will learn about rules and regulations as well as tactical information. The coaches will promote health, hygiene and fitness so children can understand various factors relating to sporting activities. As well as helping with fitness the programme promotes confidence and self esteem and motivates and inspires children to achieve and succeed in sport.

Fred Story, CEO, Story Homes commented: “The demise of the centrally funded school sports partnership scheme has restricted the opportunities for some children. Story Homes is implementing a pilot scheme to provide a range of sporting opportunities within the local community to enable children to become more active and to develop their sports skills”.

Garry Schubert, Development Manager, SPAAF added: “This is a great opportunity for local children to get active and get involved in sports. We’ve had an exciting year with the Olympics and there couldn’t be a better time to promote the positive benefits of sport. If children enjoy sports and find them fun they are much more likely to continue with such activities in their adult life. We offer a diverse range of sports and there’s always something to suit everyone.”

Starting in January 2013 this will initially cover two terms incorporating five local schools, one (half day) session a week. Activities will include: basketball, hockey, tennis, football, multi sports, athletics, dance and gym, archery, golf, hand ball and rugby.

It is hoped that the scheme can be extended to a wider group in the following academic year.

Carlisle SPAA Foundation