Duncton pupils celebrating sporting prize

Duncton pupils with deputy head teacher Paul Garnham, Leon Carter from Active Sussex and Derek Croghan from Striver
Duncton pupils with deputy head teacher Paul Garnham, Leon Carter from Active Sussex and Derek Croghan from Striver

SPORTING champions at Duncton CE Junior School are celebrating winning prizes in the first Striver Challenge.

Run in partnership with Active Sussex, the challenge invited all Sussex schools to compete to win sports equipment.

Chesswood Junior School in Worthing was named overall winner, beating runner-up Duncton by just one point.

Duncton teachers said it was usually difficult for them to field teams for competitions because it was a small rural school but this gave them the chance to compete on equal terms.

Deputy head teacher Paul Garnham, the PE lead, said: “It’s a huge achievement to have been competing with other schools that have three classes in just one year group and we are three classes in our whole school.”

There were three different challenges, ball swap, football dribble and fly try, designed to improve agility, balance and basic ball skills.

The free competition was devised by Active Sussex and local startup company Striver, as a online resource to help primary school teachers deliver engaging PE lessons and encourage competition.

Leon Carter, Active Sussex sports officer, said: “It has been great to see so many schools using Striver as a fun and innovative way to engage all of their pupils in physical activity.

“The range of activities available has enabled the children to not only have fun but also develop vital fundamental movement skills at the same time.”

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