Our Lady's RC Primary School was the toast of Twickenham last week after being honoured for its sporting achievements in 2011 at the Aviva School Sport Matters Awards.
Having been commended in the Primary School of the Year category, pupils Jasmin Richardson and Oscar Vice along with PE co-ordinator Anita Richardson and Juanita Harrison were on hand to collect the award.
A host of Olympic and Paralympic legends past and present were in attendance at the home of English rugby including James Cracknell, Tim Brabants, Gail Emms, Duncan Goodhew and David Weir.
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And Richardson admitted afterwards that the whole day was a fine reward for their school’s dedication to promoting sport among their pupils.
“We had such a great time, especially considering that we nearly didn’t make it down but Manchester City Council and Aviva helped us with a bit of money so we could come,” said Richardson.
“We have a real focus on sport at this school, it’s something we strongly believe in and our children all thoroughly enjoy it.
“Since we really started to focus on sport we have seen a real correlation between improvements in schoolwork as well so we definitely want that to continue.
“We had Perri [Shakes-Drayton] on our table all day which was amazing for us as well as the children. There were plenty of role models for Jasmine and Oscar and they had a fantastic time.”
Richardson and co were presented with their award at Twickenham by none other than European 400m hurdles bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton.
And Shakes-Drayton was quick to highlight the importance of school sport, admitting she wouldn’t be where she was today without the help she received at a young age.
“When I was a kid I got involved with every possible sport that was out there, I was playing netball, football anything and that’s because my school offered so many different things,” said Shakes-Drayton.
“And through that I discovered athletics and started doing that more and more so these awards are a fantastic achievement for schools that are setting the example.
“Sport is such an important tool at school and we want to get people out, keeping healthy and exercising after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished.”
The Aviva and Daily Telegraph School Sport Matters Awards recognise outstanding achievements in school sport across the country, and are part of Aviva’s wider commitment to support the next generation of British sporting talent. For more information go to aviva.co.uk/athletics