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School Games - Cumbria School Games - Cumbria

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Yvonne Rowlinson Public Health 5-19 Service

I am a Clinical Lead Nurse within the Public Health 5-19 Service working in South Cumbria. 

As part of a 6 strong Public Health Nurse team based around the county our service is available to work with schools, parents and communities to firstly, identify and then address the health and wellbeing needs of children living in Cumbria.

Our aim is to promote good health and wellbeing paying particular attention to maintaining a healthy weight, having good mental health, having positive experiences in the digital world and staying safe.

Our work is primarily in schools but in order to meet children’s health needs effectively we also work in the community and alongside other professionals and agencies providing a service to children and families.

For more information about our service as well as many useful resources and links check out our website


Cumbria School Games Finals 2018

The level 1 & 2 competitions are underway across the County and the dates have been set for the finals, they are: 

  • GYMNASTICS - Wednesday 28th March, Penrith Leisure Centre 
  • MLD/SLD TAG RUGBY - Thurs 29th March, Penrith Leisure Centre 
  • SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS - Thurs 29th March, Penrith Leisure Centre
  • GO TRI FESTIVAL - Friday 29th June Keswick Leisure Centre
  • MULTI SPORTS - Wednesday July 11th Sands Centre and other sites around Carlise ​

A new curriculum competition will be circulated to schools in time for Easter holidays (Watch this Space)

Sport Relief: 17-23rd March

Sport Relief is still chasing the same goals they always have – improving health and wellbeing in schools around the country, and the lives of people across the world. This year, whatever moves you, there are loads of ways your school or youth group can make a difference.

Order your free schools pack:

Organise a Race for Life at School

Join in by holding your school's very own Race for Life event in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life Schools is totally free and easy to organise. It gives you the chance to hold your very own free Race for Life event with your pupils and staff. You can choose a day that fits with your term calendar, both boys and girls can take part and you can choose a distance which suits the age and abilities of your pupils.

Find out more: Race for Life Schools 

Walk to School Week: 21-25th May

Living Streets Living Streets’ new five-day walking challenge packs are the perfect activity for Walk to School Week 2018, helping to get more pupils active and reducing congestion. Our Walking Roots challenge will take pupils and their families on a five-day journey, exploring the diverse ecosystem of a tree. Classroom packs are now available to support the initiative.

Further details can be found here:

Active Travel - The Big Pedal

The Cumbria Active Travel team are supporting the Sustrans Big Pedal Event 23rd April - 4th May.  You can find out more and sign your school up >>here

From The Youth Sport Trust - The Bucket List

Swim a mile, help lead a primary club, write up a match report for a sporting event; these are three of the 52 things that are on King Alfred Academy’s bucket list for students. The reason? The college is striving to make students see PE, physical activity, school sport and their health as a lifestyle choice. >>more

Free Kit from Premier League

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme offers primary schools the opportunity to apply for free resources which can be used for active classroom sessions, PE lessons and for school sports teams.

Further details:

You can also attend one of two events, coinciding with our regional Under-11s Football Tournaments, taking place at Whitehaven AFC

, Coach Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 9DB on either:
• Wednesday 28 March 13:00-14:30 or
• Thursday 29 March 13:00-14:30

At the event, you’ll get the chance to meet local schools that are part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, and other representatives from local organisations with an expertise in primary education and sport provision.

Kendal Rugby Club - Sport Relief

The Rugby club is hosting this year’s Sports Relief step challenge.

From 5pm on the 23rd of March, we will have a 1000 steps around the pitch – led by Buzz, giant rugby balls to keep you going, lots of local sports clubs, golf, cycling, fencing, dance, rugby, football …….. where you can step into their shoes and have a go at their sport.

For £2pp (of which 100%) goes to Sports Relief, you get to have a go, join in the fun and be entered into a draw to win a family active fun activity at the end of the night. We are also hosting a family “step onto the dance floor” disco starting from 7.30pm. £5 for adults, kids go free. Pre book disco tickets here:

The Club also has Easter Sports Camps planned, more information can be found >>here

Swimming Reporting for Primary Premium

Active Cumbria have received an update on Swimming Reporting for this Spring from the National Team, it says:

It is the current year 6 which means even if they went swimming in year 4 you need to report in year 6 how far they can swim. So in that respect it could be historic. Our intention with the swimming reporting was to ask schools for information on how many of their current year 6 cohort can meet the NC requirements. It maybe that you ask the pupils for an update as some pupils may have progressed further in private lessons or regressed. Evidence will be needed. Remember that this information can be updated as and when. The reason for it being year 6 is technically that is the end of KS Stage 2 when the NC POS for PE would be reported on and to help in the transition to secondary schools

Badminton Racket Pack

Local Badminton Coach Ben Davidson recently delivered practical sessions at some of the Active Cumbria PE Network Meetings. A resource he shared with the PE Subject Leads present is the Badminton England Racket Pack, more information available >>here

Rounders For Schools

Rounders England are re-launching its 10 Reasons to Play Rounders in School and have an exciting brand new 2 hour bespoke Rounders Education Workshop for those delivering Rounders in schools!

Sharing a common purpose, they believe in the power of physical activity to change young people’s lives for the better and impact on their wellbeing.

Please find more on the links:

10 Reasons

Rounders Education Workshop

British Fencing Offer to Primary Schools

Fencing is becoming ever more popular and accessible and recently there was an announcement made that Premier Activate will become an “Official Delivery Partner in Primary Education”. It could not be simpler to get involved and try fencing for the first time. If you would like more information on the partnership then please click here.

Use Our School

Use Our School is an initiative from Sport England to support schools in opening their facilities to the community.
It provides tried and tested solutions, real life practice, tips from people making it happen, and a range of downloadable resources.

You find out more about how your school and open up its facilities to the local community >>here

Change for Life - Resources for Schools

Change 4 Life have created a suite of resources for schools to use when discussing healthier snacking with pupils.  They include leaflets and powerpoint presentations for different Key Stages.  You can access them >>here

ACPAT Offer from Howard Todd

Howard Todd has been finding there is still a demand for the workshop and is happy to provide twilight whole staff training.
If you are interested in this for your school please contact Howard directly:

Mobile 07734712934 or email address

Are you seeking advice or guidance around any aspect of PE or deployment of the Primary School Sport Premium in your school? Use the Ask Howard Service >>here


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