South Bank schools stage SportFest

More than 200 students from across York-based South Bank Multi Academy Trust (SBMAT) joined together on Monday 3 July for the Trust’s inaugural SportFest.

The energetic day of sports and fun, which was held at York Sport Village, saw children from SBMAT’s six schools congregate to collaborate, champion and celebrate each other’s athletic achievements.

Pupils from Millthorpe School, York High School, Carr Junior School and Knavesmire, Scarcroft and Woodthorpe primaries, were watched by their families as they took part in archery, orienteering, tri golf, boccia and dance competitions as well as some more traditional running, throwing and jumping events. 

The children competed in York-themed teams – Foss, Minster, Ebor, Jorvik and Ouse – with each team being made up of pupils from each of the six schools. Year 9 Sports Leaders from either Millthorpe or York High School led their teams through the day. 

Jennifer Mitchell, SBMAT’s Director of Personal Development and event organiser said: “SportFest has been amazing! Everyone has had a fantastic day and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching our talented pupils enjoy the many sporting activities. Events such as this give pupils a real chance to shine, and hopefully provide them with a memorable experience.” 

Chief Executive of SBMAT, Mark Hassack said “At South Bank Multi Academy Trust we want to ensure that all children experience education excellence every day so that they can achieve the very best outcomes – academically and in their personal development. SportFest is just one of the ways our Trust schools can collaborate and celebrate each other’s achievements.

“The children have all been incredible, putting their utmost into the day and it has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces. I’m particularly proud of the Sports Leaders from our two secondary schools who have guided their teams through the day with such maturity and kindness.”

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made SportFest possible, from our event organisers to our colleagues in schools and especially the pupils. We can’t wait for next year!”

Prior to SportFest, SBMAT staff voted for their chosen charities, of which six were selected as Trust charities. Local charities YorkMind, York Against Cancer, York foodbank, York Special Care Baby Unit and Children Today and national charity, Macmillan Cancer Support were all at the event raising awareness of the great work they do for people in the region.

SBMAT are now looking forward to their Arts Fest which takes place on Thursday 13 July at York Barbican.

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