On Tuesday 12th July the Merton School Sport Partnership held the inaugural Sports Leadership Celebration Day in partnership with the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative. 10 schools from the borough attended the day bringing a selection of their best Year 5 Sports Leaders: All Saints’, Benedict, Garfield, Links, Mamlesbury, Morden, Singlegate,  St Mary’s, St Teresa’s and St Thomas.

We were honoured to be joined by Ian Rose, a Judo Paralympian silver medallist. Ian gave an inspirational speech to begin the afternoon, which stunned both the children and staff. Ian spoke about the barriers he faced as a child (becoming blind in one eye and partially blind in the other) and how he overcame these and used sport as a means to become more confident in himself and strive to live a happy and healthy life. Ian competed in four Olympic Games for GB and proudly told his story and showed his Olympic medals to the children and staff. He finished his talk to a huge round of applause, and left everyone feeling inspired and motivated not only to have a brilliant afternoon celebrating their sports leadership achievements, but to strive for success and happiness in everyday life.

The Year 5 Sports Leaders were split into six groups with two Harris Academy Morden Sports Leaders. The HAMD Sports Leaders had been working all morning with Ian Rose, learning what it meant to be an exceptional sports leader and preparing to deliver a fantastic event for the Year 5 Leaders so they were all ready and raring to go.

Each group took part in six different team building stations led by the HAMD Sports Leaders. All children showed brilliant enthusiasm and excitement throughout the afternoon. Both the primary and secondary Sports Leaders made an effort to work well with children from other schools, showing how well they had learnt to communicate with others and build good friendships quickly.  

The sports hall buzzed with excitement and screams of exhilaration and delight from the Sports Leaders as they worked together in their teams to complete each team building challenge. Throughout the afternoon the secondary Sports Leaders were asked to nominate a Sports Leader from each group who stood out for them to receive a special Sky Sports prize. This may have been for a variety of different reasons: sportsmanship, enthusiasm, kindness, determination. As well as nominating Year 5 students, the Sports Leaders were asked to nominate a member of staff who they thought was the most inspiring due to: engagement, helping students, showing great sportsmanship and generally having a positive impact on all of the students. This meant that every single child and teacher got stuck in with all activities right from the beginning!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Sky Sports and Ian Rose for allowing this event to be so unique and we hope to have inspired all young Sports Leaders to continue with their hard work to become better sportsman and inspire the younger students in their schools!

A big well done to the Harris Academy Morden Elite Sports Leaders who proved themselves to not only be great sports leaders, but excellent role models to the Year 5 students. They have worked extremely hard over the past few weeks to make this event the great success it was.

Finally, well done to the following students for being nominated to win a Sky Sports prize:

Soren – St Mary’s

Zhenya – Garfield

Waysayan – Benedict

Frankie – Malmesbury

Mika – Morden

Amelia – St Teresa’s

Thank you to all teachers for getting so involved in all of the activities throughout the afternoon and really inspiring all students. Well done to Hayley from Benedict for winning the teacher’s prize!

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