Two Wirral schools have scooped accolades at the Youth Sport Trust Awards for their excellent PE and sport provision.
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in Moreton won the Outstanding School Award for Inclusion while Bebington High Sports College is celebrating its win in the Outstanding School Award for Health and Wellbeing category.
The two schools attended the Youth Sport Trust Awards in Coventry on Wednesday 2 March, where the sports achievements of schools and young people across the country were highlighted.
Clare Mount has been the Youth Sport Trust Inclusion School for Merseyside for the last six years and in this time has trained thousands of teachers and leaders in inclusive PE practice. It has also developed inclusive school games events and competitions as well as establishing various projects such as Unified Play with the Special Olympics in the area.
Deputy head and director of sport at Clare Mount Specialist College, Dan Keefe, says the award wins are testament to Wirral schools’ focus on innovative practice and working collaboratively.
He says: “Clare Mount and Bebington have always worked closely together to develop PE and sport provision for young people on the Wirral and have both been named Merseyside Sport Secondary School of the Year in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
“For both schools to now gain national recognition at the same awards is very special and testimony to the hard work, dedication and innovative practice which happens in both schools.”
Bebington High Sports College is the health and wellbeing lead for the area and has introduced a range of exciting health initiatives such as Personal Best Thursdays at the school. It has also established a North West schools health and wellbeing consortium which works closely with partners like the NHS to develop best practice and develop employability skills through such projects as ‘Skills for Health’.
Kev Byrne, health and wellbeing lead at Bebington High Sports College, says: “It was a brilliant night for Wirral. To have two of the six national awards going to Wirral schools shows the strength of our PE and Sport provision in the area.
“Both schools share a common vision that sport changes lives and we regularly see the impact of our programmes on the attendance, behaviour and self-esteem of the young people involved.”
Alongside the two award wins, Reeve Christall from Clare Mount was recognised as runner-up in the Young Person of the Year Award for demonstrating his ability to be resilient through PE, sport and physical activity.