School celebrates sporting success

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Sports mad pupils from Deer Park Primary School have had a year to remember.

Whether it be football, athletics, cricket, gymnastics, netball, rugby or even crown green bowling - this group of seven to 11 year olds have excelled in competition.

The Sportshall athletics team came second in the county finals, after winning the first two rounds, and the Quadkids team also came second in the Derbyshire Schools Games at Quadkids held recently.

The pupils went one better in the Tupton Hall cross country competition as did the Year 5/6 netball team, while Years 3 and 4 took first and second in the Sportshall Athletics Tournament against ten other teams.

Teacher Matt Debic, who is also the PE coordinator at the Wingerworth school, was understandably proud of the children’s achievements.

He said: “The children have worked really hard. The school has done well previously and has surpassed that this year.

“We get fantastic support from parents, who turn out every week, wind, rain or shine. It’s a real team effort from everyone involved and we’re very proud.”

For a school of around 250 pupils, Mr Debic said more than half of the total number of pupils who attend compete in at least one sport.

Deer Park Primary, on New Road, Wingerworth, is in close proximity to Tupton Hall School, a specialist sports college, and often uses its facilities.

“They have got great facilities up there and the children really enjoy it,” said Mr Debic.

“We encourage everyone to take part and upwards of three-quarters of the school participates in sport, more than half compete against other schools from across the county.

“There are a lot of children who want to get involved in sports. We run a lot of after school clubs of different sports and there tends to be something for everyone.

“It is not just football, football, football - we want the children to find a sport they enjoy and continue doing it well after they have left primary school.”

Father of 11-year-old Savannah Oldale, who attends Deer Park, David added: “They have achieved so much this year in sport, it’s really great to see.

“The school encourages pupils to take up sport and my daughter really does enjoy it. She is part of the netball team and plays goal attack.”