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Children in Need grant funds extra sports at Newton Aycliffe school
HANDBALL and water polo are now on offer at County Durham sports academy thanks to an £8,000 grant from Children in Need.
Woodham Academy, in Newton Aycliffe, applied to the children’s charity for funding to extend the activities on offer at its sports academy, which launched last year and provides elite coaching and opportunities to talented youngsters.
The addition of handball and water polo follows requests from pupils and takes the number of sports on offer at the academy up to eleven.
Christine Forsyth, headteacher at Woodham Academy, said: “It is fantastic to receive this grant as it allows us to extend our sports opportunities to more students.
“There is a strong link between participation in sport and overall academic success so it is win-win.”
To join the sports academy Woodham pupils must attend four training sessions per week, with all coaching carried out during lunch breaks and after school.
Liam Clough, sports academy director, said: “It has going really well. We had 182 pupils involved last year and our year 11s that just left achieved better results compared to the cohort – 89 per cent got five GCSEs at A* to C.”
As well as the new sports, the school used the funding to employ a new dance teacher and provide extra coaching sessions to primary school children via Premiere Play Football Academy.
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