Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Kingspan Funding

Tenbury High Ormiston Academy Sporting Enrichment Activities supported by the Kingspan Insualtion Community Trust

Pupils at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and the former Tenbury High School have been receiving support from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust for the last three years.
Since 2006 the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust has been involved in making contributions to the local community on a formal and inclusive footing. The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust has grown out of this desire, and makes it possible for local people to plan and carry out projects that will directly benefit their community and enhance the environment. 
As a school we have received funding that meets the trusts objective which aims to ‘’improve the health and fitness of young people through recreation.’
In a joint venture between local high schools and Luctonians RFC, pupils benefitted from 50 hours of professional rugby coaching providing boys and girls with an ‘introduction to ‘contact’ in an imaginative and enthusiastic way as well as supporting the boys and girls to enter competitive rugby in a safe and enjoyable way.
The coaching enabled our pupils to play to success winning the Year 7 Herefordshire Plate competition and win through to the Worcestershire Games Touch Rugby Finals. 
Adrian Taylor, Head of PE at Tenbury High commented “The work Trevor undertook with the Year 9 boys has had a significant impact on the team.  With Trevor able to work with the more able team members, the school staff could work more effectively with the less able players, as a result some of these players were selected to play for the School. 
Pupils at the school also benefitted from the use of the Astroturf pitch at Leominster following funding received from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. The funding enabled the girl’s hockey team to run regular practice sessions on the Astroturf pitch which in turn allowed them the opportunity to work effectively as a team and in a full side situation. The sessions were run as an after school activity for 1 hour per week between September and February last year. There were 12 regular players from Tenbury and to enable more players to participate Lady Hawkins School joined with our girls and they provided a qualified coach to lead the sessions.

John Garbutt Chairman of the Trust added “It has been great to see so many pupils in a number of schools being able to develop and now use advanced skills in the game. Not only has this training helped improve their health and fitness but it’s also given them the opportunity to work together and form strong bonds as teams.

The icing on the cake for the school has been the purchasing of a full set of Indoor Athletics equipment in June 2014. This offers innovative and exciting activities developing speed, agility and co-ordination. The equipment has transformed the winter sports programme for our pupils as participants and leaders and it has also enabled over twenty local primary schools to join us for coaching and competitions. In the event of poor weather in lessons the pupils will always ask us to get out the Indoor Athletics equipment!

“We are extremely grateful to the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust for this funding as it has enabled the academy to develop and range of competitive sports including coaching, competitive games, primary school festivals and sports leadership opportunities. The equipment and coaching provided has certainly raised the profile of the sport throughout the school.” 

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