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In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.

Funding will be allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

At Parkside we are passionate about ensuring our children lead a healthy lifestyle, take part in a wide range of physical activities including team sports and feel like they are part of a team. For this reason we have used our £8,455 sports funding in the following ways:

  • Hired a dedicated sports coach to work in school full time, delivering high quality PE across Key Stage 1, 2 and the EYFS. Jason Walker is a well-known local footballer who previously worked with Parkside when collaborating with Barrow AfC to provide the ‘Inspiring Infants’ campaign. 
  • Worked alongside FAWNS to create a MUGA specifically designed for our sporting needs and had this installed for children to use in lessons and at play and dinner times. 
  • Throughout the academic year in Year 2, and in the Summer term in Year 1, children attended swimming lessons lead by a certified swimming instructor.  
  • Yo-Kids, a yoga company run by Liane Macmillan, worked with our EYFS children to develop balance skills and spatial awareness. 
  • Yo-kids are also employed to deliver wellbeing sessions for our children who have behaviour difficulties, ensuring they have access to a calmer, more serene aspect of PE with less competition.
  • KS karate school provided an after school karate club for 25 children who are currently working towards various belts.
  • Jason Walker, our sports coach, provided a football after school club for over 40 children across the school year.
  • He also coached a multi-skills after school club and basketball for over 60 children.
  • Charlene and Rosie from Free Spirit Academy of Dance ran curriculum dance sessions with year Reception to Year 2. These dance sessions were linked closely to topic work.
  • Year 1 participated in the local dance festival U-Dance, performing at our local theatre.
  • Provided opportunities for pre-school and nursery pupils to visit Play Max to support their physical development. 
  • Worked with a local gym, Nuffield Health and Wellbeing, to organise a revamped sports day ensuring all children had access to all activities. 
  • Our School Council have audited resources and purchased a range of outdoor play equipment including hockey equipment, kwik-cricket sets, rounders sets, bats and balls and many more things to ensure we have an active and fun playtime. 
  • Taken part in a local dance festival, UDance, to collaborate with other schools. 
  • We have continued to employ a games leader for lunchtimes. He initiates active games with the children modelling how to play a range of games and ensuring they are played safely. 

The funding has had a massive impact on the children at Parkside Academy. Each year group now receives lessons provided by a professional sports coach, visits include experience of outdoor education, lunch times provide many active opportunities for children and Year 1 and 2 pupils participate in swimming lessons.

The funding has had a huge impact on the children at Parkside Academy. Since implementing a variety of sporting opportunities for our children, many have gone on to continue their love for sport outside school, such as basketball clubs of a weekend; attending dance troupes or ballet; playing for local football clubs and martial arts training. By embedding physical development activities earlier in our curriculum, children’s gross motor and basic sporting skill have improved and a difference in attitude and performance can be seen when children are entering and progressing through KS1 and 2.