Created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust, the School Games Kitemark recognises the commitment to, and the development of, school sport and competition.
Richard Ferley, head of sport at Sibford School, said: “A significant factor in our eligibility for this award is the increased involvement in competitions that our pupils have been able to enjoy … both as performers and as leaders.
“This past year has seen us competing in a huge range of events including athletics, aquathlon, badminton, cross country, dance, football, kwik cricket, rugby, swimming, table tennis and tennis. We have also been privileged to act as host venue for some of these competitions.
“Many of these opportunities have come about thanks to our involvement with the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership. We are extremely grateful to NOSSP for their support and encouragement and look forward to working with them again in 2013/14 when we will be targeting a Silver validation.”
The Sainsbury’s School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event. To be eligible for Kitemark validation schools must first of all sign up to the School Games.
North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership is a non-profit making organisation that works in partnership with 56 schools across North Oxfordshire. Established in 2004, NOSSP has close ties and works jointly with Cherwell District Council Sports Development, National Governing Bodies of Sport and numerous community sports clubs and leisure providers from across the Cherwell district. The overriding aim of the partnership is to engage more 5-19 year olds in high quality PE, school and community sport, thereby promoting excellence and life long participation in health promoting activity.