BOUNCING TO NEW HEIGHTS!
primary school trampolining squad has leapt to success in the
British national Gymnastics competition, becoming the North of
England champions. The squad, made up of 8 youngsters from the
Poulton Lancelyn Primary School, Spital, travelled to Belfast to
compete in the second round of the competition, after beating off
stiff competition in the earlier North West round. Wearing new
kit sponsored by Redrow. The youngsters also
walked away with the 'Best Dressed' award.
The pupils are now getting ready for the Schools' British
Championships to be held in South Shields later this month and PE
Coordinator Dan Arnold has high hopes for the team:- "We're so
proud that they've managed to get this far. They've all been putting
in extra practice, and working very hard, so they really deserve the
success. Whatever they achieve next will just be a bonus!"
The under 11 team had to perform a set routine, before doing a
voluntary individual piece to the packed Newtouards Leisure Centre
in Belfast. Making up the squad were Georgina Hadwin,
Charlotte Simms, Lauren Williamson, Emma McKeown, Jane Napier, Katy
Gerard and Beth Williamson. There was also individual success
for under 11 novice Mark Read, who after competing for the very
first time, came fourth in the North of England. But before
competing in Belfast, the school was tasked with finding the extra
money they needed to fund the trip. And luckily, help was just
around the corner.
Dan explains:- "It's so expensive to pay for a trip like this,
there are flights and other travel expenses to take care of, as well
as new kit, and so we desperately needed a sponsor. Redrow has a
development just across the road from our school, and seemed the
The company also donated £1,000 towards the trip and tracksuit
costs, leaving the school free to focus on springing to success! Dan
says:- "Redrow was really keen to get involved and have been
helpful ever since. The only way we could have raised the money
without their help was by asking parents to cover the costs. The
squad looks like a professional unit now, which will hopefully help
us in the finals."
Patsy Aicken, sales director of Redrow Homes (North West) says:-
"It's great news that the school has done so well, and I'm so
pleased that we could help in some way towards their success.
We always like to get involved with the local communities that we
build within and as the school is so close to one of our
developments at Poulton Manor
development, this was the perfect opportunity. I hope our
relationship with them will continue and everyone at Redrow."
BARCLAYS SEARCH FOR FAN GOGH
Arts Council England issued a rallying cry to football fans in the
Liverpool area to show ‘what football means to them’.
Finding Fan Gogh’, a nationwide art competition for football
fans, celebrates the on-pitch artistry and invention football fans
see, plus their passion for playing the beautiful game themselves.
Fans are invited to choose the aspect of football that inspires
them, whether it’s the grit of grassroots or the Barclays
Premiership elite, and convey this in art form - drawing, painting,
photography or collage. A panel representing the worlds of
football and art will be responsible for the judging process and
selecting a winner.
Barclays Finding Fan Gogh Judging Panel:-
· Sir Christopher Frayling, Chairman Arts Council England
· Sir Peter Blake,
· Jim Hytner,
Barclays Marketing Director
· Sara Cox and
Chappers, Radio 1 DJs and football fans
· Teddy Sheringham,
West Ham Utd
The winner will receive £10,000 and have their artwork displayed on
a giant advertising board near their local Barclays Premiership
team. Five runners up will receive £1,000 each.
Jim Hytner, Barclays Marketing Director comments:- “Football
and art are two of the nation’s most popular pastimes, this project
combines the two and gives football fans in Liverpool the chance to
show what football really means to them in a creative way. We are
delighted to have teamed up with the Arts Council for this exciting
Teddy Sheringham, said:- “I’m obviously passionate about
football, so it’s going to be interesting to see what fans come up
with and how they interpret the game through art. I’m sure the
standard of entries will be fantastic!”
Sir Christopher Frayling, Chair of Arts Council England, added:-
"Entrants don’t need to be professional artists, but do need to
be able to put over how they feel about the beautiful game. With the
Barclays Finding Fan Gogh competition we’re looking for entries that
communicate visually the passion and excitement of modern day
Any 2 dimensional media can be used and entries must be no bigger
than A4 size (210mm x 296mm) and no smaller than a postcard (139mm x
107mm). The competition is in aid of NCH – The Children’s
Charity and a selection of the final entries will be used to produce
art that will hang in a number of NCH projects where many of the
vulnerable children and young people that NCH works with, may be
able to appreciate them.