Heanor school’s athletics triumph

Sporting successs at Mundy Junior School - Jasmine Knighton and Ellie Edwards
Sporting successs at Mundy Junior School - Jasmine Knighton and Ellie Edwards

Mundy Junior School youngsters proved they were top of the hops by taking top prize in a borough wide athletics competition.

In October the Lockton Avenue pupils first saw off competitors from other schools in Heanor as part of the Amber Valley Sportshall Athletics championships.

Both the lower and upper schools won top prize in the contest, which sees youngsters go head-to-head in a measured standing jump, a ball throw and a gruelling minute long challenge to as many side-to-side hops as possible.

They then went on to compete against the top schools in the Amber Valley grand final at Alfreton Leisure Centre in December - and both lower and upper schools did it again - taking first prize in both.

The thrilled juniors now have four new trophies to add to their cabinet.

Head teacher Kelvin Gibbs, said: “The children should be very proud of their performance it is such an accolade to win not only the Heanor Area but Amber Valley as the schools they were competing against presented very strong competition.”

The upper school competition involves children in years three and four - and the upper schools sees children in year five and six compete.

Mundy Juniors competed in the ‘large schools’ category despite having just 170 pupils and going up against some schools with more than 500 children.

The upper school will now go forward to represent Amber Valley in the Derbyshire Final in April.

Mundy Juniors administrator Lisa Knighton, who coaches the youngsters for the Sportshall Athletics contest, said: “I am delighted with how successful the children have been and it is a tribute to their hard work, determination and making the most of their talent.”

Mrs Knighton said some of the pupils showed impressive skills - with one or two of the boys able to make a standing jump of two metres.

But despite being a coach at Amber Valley Athletics Club outside of school, she said the secret of success is down to the youngsters love of winning.

“Our secret is we do such amazing assemblies for them if we win - we play ‘We are the Champions’ (By rock band Queen) - they really enjoy it!”

The Sportshall Athletics contest is run yearly by the Amber Valley Sports Partnership and sees 24 schools enter in both the upper and lower school categories.