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School Sport Matters

Are you all set for the Spring School Games?

The events programmes are now available for:

Weds 23rd March 2016 - U16 MLD/SLD Tag Rugby Festival - Penrith Leisure Centre Click here for programme
Weds 23rd March 2016 - Primary Sportshall Athletics Finals - Penrith Leisure Centre Click here for programme

To support the #ThisGirlCan campign which is encouraging more women and girls into Sport, we have two female Sporting Champions joining us:

Eilish McColgan British Athletics, World Champion and Olympic Athlete will be joing us on the 

& Tamara Taylor World Cup Champion and England Womens Rugby Captain will be joining us for the Tag Rugby Festival. 

Cumbria School Games webpages 

SGO Funding Continues

Sport England’s Mike Diaper has confirmed that School Games Organisers will continue to receive funding throughout the current parliament.  This secures the funding for our six district organisers, in

  • Allerdale –Linda Borthwick,
  • Carlisle & North Cumbria - Lucy Lamb,
  • Copeland -Sonya Dryden,
  • Eden - Becky Wolstenholme,
  • Furness – Helen Wright,
  • South Lakes - Michelle Storton.

This is really good news as it protects the School Games competition programme that has proved so popular in recent years.  Click here to read the full article courtesy of the School Games website.

Cumbria School Games 2016 Poetry Competition Launched!

The Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee have teamed up with Poet Kim Moore to launch the Cumbria School Games 2016 Poetry Competition for all Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 pupils in Cumbria.

We are asking pupils, to write an original poem based on any of the six Spirit of the Games - School Games Values: Determination, Passion, Respect, Honesty, Self Belief and Teamwork.

The subject of their poems could be whatever moves them to write. We are asking them to capture in words what any of the values means to them.


Cumbria Subject Leader Network Meetings

The spring term round of network meetings will have been held by the time you read this. Please remember, your PE & Sports Premium can be used to fund attendance and supply cover.  The autumn round proved very popular and those attending were keen to ensure the termly half-day/twilight meetings have a regular calendar slot.
Summer dates confirmed for your diary as follows:


  • Wednesday 15th June South Lakes Time & Venue to be confirmed
  • Monday 20th June Carlisle & North Cumbria 1.00-4.00 Venue to be decided
  • Tuesday 21st June  Copeland 1.00-4.00 Egremont RUFC
  • Thursday 23rd June  Furness 9.00-12.00 Barrow AFC

It is from teacher requests placed at these meetings that Active Cumbria will plan some of the courses to include in the 2016-17 professional development programmes.


PE Conference for Primary School Subject Leaders 2017

We are hoping to run a one-day county-wide conference with high profile national speakers for all our network groups in 2017. If you would like to contribute suggestions for the main conference theme, keynote(s) and speakers, workshops, etc. please let us know through the network meetings or via the Ask Howard

Is your school ready to apply for the afPE Quality Mark?

The new application window for schools to apply for the afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport is now open.

This is a prestigious award and is a powerful way of celebrating success. The afPE Quality Mark will recognise, through a succinct self-review and evaluation process, the strength and quality of physical education and sport in your school. It will raise the profile of the subject and the school both locally and nationally and will promote the high quality work that is being undertaken on a day to day basis.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 22nd April 2016. If you are interested in applying, please email and we will send you a copy of the application form and guidance notes.

More information on the Quality Mark

Get Set for Community Action

Teachers, Get Set for Community Action - recruit a team of 14-19 year olds to plan and deliver two community projects in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to Win some exclusive prizes! Register by 20th March.

Discounts on Bulk Orders of popular publications

Safe Practise: in Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity 2016. Published in September, this edition is fully updated to reflect recent developments in legal practice, national guidance, statute and case law and is viewed as the definitive publication on all matters related to health and safety in PE. Normally £44.95 but a better price can be negotiated if bought in bulk.

Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for Physical Education. This comprehensive scheme has become the one of choice for a significant number of schools in the county. It can be viewed at all network meetings. The published price for the full primary scheme (ring files and CD’s) is £375.00 but reduced to £340.00 if bought as part of the bulk purchase scheme. 

For further information or to pre order/order either publication please Ask Howard

U.Dance in Cumbria

Hundreds of school children from across Cumbria will be dancing the night away over the next three weeks in a countywide dance event – U.Dance Cumbria.

U.Dance Cumbria is an annual event hosted by Active Cumbria (Cumbria County Council) and brings together pupils of all ages from primary, secondary and special schools in Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland, Barrow and Eden to perform and celebrate their achievements in dance. More>>

Schools Mini Triathlon

Join in the Mini Triathlon event at the Keswick Mountain Festival in May 2016. The schools triathlon is one of the first events in the Festival programme and is a fantastic opportunity to get your school involved in a community event. More>>

Use our School Resource

Sport England have developed a 'use our school' resource to support schools in opening their facilities to the community and keeping them open.

It provides tried and tested solutions, real life practice, tips from people making it happen, and a range of downloadable resources.


Enjoy Sport Relief

We hope you all have plenty going on for Sport Relief this week. 

If you havent already seen this, Sport Relief has linked up with mental health campaign 'Time to Change' to tackle mental health stigma amongst young people and are using this Sport Relief week to do it.

One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem, that's three in the average classroom and as we all know sport and physical activity can have a positive effect on mental health. 

Please see the Sport Relief website for a range of resources for secondary schools.

Invite to Taster Event: Horse Heard

HorseHeard is a not-for-profit social enterprise company created to deliver experiential workshops with horses for personal development and social benefit, developing key emotional and social intelligence skills. HorseHeard works directly with schools and colleges around the UK, either engaging its structured programmes Being Friends (Primary Schools) and Take the LEAP (Teenagers at school or college).

Taster Event: 14 April 2016, 2.00 pm – 5.00pm (refreshments included) at Bigland Hall Equine Group. 


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