Fun day to boost sporting success

TALENTED youngsters were put through their paces as part of an activity day aimed at helping them become sports stars of the future.

A stack of pupils from William Parker Sports College joined fellow students from nearby St Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill for the county council organised event.

Held at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus just before Christmas, the day was the latest in a series of PE enrichment days held as a way of giving extra support to children who show promise in PE and school sports.

While in Eastbourne, the Hastings pupils were given the chance to try out a host of less traditional sports, such as tchoukball - an indoor game with nine players, kin ball - another indoor sport, this time using a large, inflatable ball, and cheerleading.

And the students also spoke to trainee PE teachers who suggested ways in which the teenagers could make use of their sporting talents.

Councillor David Elkin, head of schools at East Sussex County Council, said the events were becoming a useful tool in helping local youngsters succeed in sport.

He said: “Events such as these help shape our sports stars of the future. We may have even seen some of our future Olympic champions here today.

“I hope that the students who have taken part are spurred on to take their sporting dreams to the next level.”