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Church of England Junior School

Basingstoke Sports Awards

A real celebration of sports in Basingstoke

Last Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards as our school had once again been nominated for the Junior School of the Year. The evening is a wonderful celebration of sport across our district and a chance for all of us to celebrate the numerous successes of both individuals and groups in our area. It also allows us to reflect on the wealth of provision there is for sport across our area, something I am not sure that everyone is aware of.

Another privilege for me was to be reunited with many of our ex-pupils and to catch up with what they have been doing since moving on to secondary school and beyond. Scouring the programme for the evening I counted 11 current and ex-pupils amongst the nominations. Well done to all of those who were nominated – the list of their achievements was truly astounding. Special mentions go to Maggie (3rd in Junior girls) and Anaya (2nd in Junior girls). In the junior boys, Charlie and Cameron came joint third, Jacob second and Sibi was the overall winner. A special award went to Alexis, who was the youngest person nominated and was awarded a special award for potential, as she has only been competing in biathle and tiathle for a year and has already represented her country in the European Championships medalling in both the team and individual events.

The highlight of the evening was the fact that our school once again won the junior school of the year. This is an amazing result and celebrates the school’s commitment to sport at all levels. Our aim is to include all of our children in as many activities as possible, both within school and competing against others, so that everyone will come to find something that will keep them active and healthy for the rest of their lives. Thanks once again to all the staff and volunteers at school for providing such a wealth of opportunities for our children.