Athletics joy for school

Indoor Athletics
Indoor Athletics

Coppice Primary School has earned the title of Year Five/Six Derbyshire Indoor Athletics School after winning this year’s county final of the competition, held at Arc Leisure Matlock.

To get that far, the team from the school, based on Roper Avenue in Marlpool, had to win their Heanor area school cluster heat before going on to meet the two top teams from the Alfreton, Ripley and Belper clusters.

After winning through that stage, the 12 pupils in the Years Five/Six team were able to pit their wits against the seven other regional winners from the county in the Indoor Athletics Competition final, eventually coming out on top.

The winning team was made up of Alice Richards, Ben Richards, Rutendo Chingarande, Laura Williams, Hayley Humphries, Caitlin Upton, Bayley Hunt, Harley Hunt, Xaden Brailsford, Jamie Ayres, William Pullan and Billy Hallam, all aged ten or 11.

Youngsters at the contest took part in a number of sporting activities such as running, speed bounce, javelin, long jump, chest push, vertical jump and triple jump.

The competition is organised each year by the Amber Valley Sports Partnership.

Sue Clarke is a teaching assistant at Coppice Primary and helps with sport at the school.

She said: “We won it two years ago and came within ten points of getting into the county final last year, so to win it again is an achievement because we are quite a small school. The children have done brilliantly.

“They won three of the races they took part in and, in the field events, they eventually won every category, except for the javelin.”

She continued: “We are looking forward to entering the competition next year. Years Three/Four have a similar competition, although that doesn’t go past the cluster stage, but it means they come into Year Five looking forward to possibly taking part in the county event, so that is good to see.”