Students at LVS Oxford are enjoying more variety in their Sport and Leisure lessons thanks to the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme and the collective efforts of parents, families and staff who recently donated hundreds of vouchers for the school to redeem against new equipment.
LVS Oxford PE teacher Katie Gatt said: “We had a brilliant response to our request for vouchers and have been able add equipment for rounders, vortex, skipping and quick cricket to our sports resources. The Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme is all about helping children understand the importance of leading healthier lives and for us having a wide range of sports activities on offer is critical if we are to encourage full participation in Sport and Leisure. For students who have missed a lot of school prior to coming to LVS Oxford, Sport and Leisure lessons can be difficult for them to access when they join the school. By offering a wide variety of sports, we are usually able to find something that draws all our students in. Once they have the confidence to give some physical activity a go, they start to feel the benefits and have fun. There is also a link between active students and ability to concentrate in the classroom so participation in Sport and Leisure also has a positive impact on academic studies.”
From September, LVS Oxford is also going to be adding archery to the Sport and Leisure curriculum. This will enable students to enjoy the many benefits archery offers. The sport of archery improves hand-eye coordination and balance, hand and finger flexibility, builds strength, increases patience and focus, improves confidence, is a relaxing and satisfying experience and can be enjoyed by all.
LVS Oxford Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “It has been amazing to see how much progress our learners have made in Sport and Leisure this year. Katie and the team here at LVS Oxford have worked really hard to encourage our students to develop their sporting abilities and we are very grateful to everyone who collected the Active Kids vouchers that have helped us expand our offer. The addition of archery in Sept will be a real boost and we are really looking forward to introducing this to the curriculum next year.”
We aim to provide them with a ‘tool box for life’ – a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.