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Braintree primary school crowned School of the Year at Active Essex Awards

Braintree primary school crowned School of the Year at Active Essex Awards

Beckers Green Primary School, Braintree were awarded School of the Year for their commitment and dedication to providing sporting opportunities for their pupils at the Active Essex Sports Awards.

The annual awards, hosted by BBC Essex which took place on Wednesday 7th December at Chelmsford City Racecourse, celebrates, recognises and congratulates the efforts and outstanding achievements of sporting organisations and individuals who display a dedication to enhancing Sport and Physical Activity across Greater Essex.

The School of the Year award, sponsored by Creative Sport and Leisure, awarded Beckers Green for its dedication to providing its pupils opportunities to participate in high quality physical education and extra curriculum sport. Each child now undertakes more challenges, more variety and more activities and enjoying it along the way. Being one of a few of schools to launch the Daily Mile in Essex, pupils clocked a massive 33,391 miles during last year and strive to beat it this year.

Nicki and Sue, School Sports Co-ordinators from Beckers Green Primary School, said: “We were absolutely amazed to be announced as winners and both feel privileged to be able to share our passion for sport with all our children. We couldn't do it without the support from many people including head teachers, staff, Howard Nicholls School Games Organiser (SGO), our parents who encourage their children to participate and most of all our fantastic children who will give absolutely anything a go. We hope all children will leave our school as well rounded individuals with a passion for fit and healthy lifestyles and a fond memory of having fun through PE whilst at Beckers Green.”

Individuals who won at the Active Braintree Awards were automatically nominated into the Essex Sports Awards including Kian Culham who was up for Young Volunteer (U18) of the Year, sponsored by Holiday Inn, Basildon. Since joining the Braintree & District Athletics Club in 2011, Kian has taken his first steps to becoming Athletics field official. He makes an outstanding contribution by spending his time officiating for club athletes from across the region. Now he will officiate at the 2016 English Schools final in Gateshead.

Halstead Walking Football were nominated for Physical Activity Project of the Year sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle. The group has been so successful growing to 30 playing every week. Run by John Smith, the club is a great outlet for over 50’s to keep active and social.

Nigel Andrews was another nominee from the Braintree District, up for the Unsung Hero award, sponsored by MRL Productions. Nigel is a dedicated volunteer within Braintree Bowmen Archery Club who opened the club to members of all abilities and welcomes people from the wider community to get involved. The list of his commitments is endless and works extremely hard to make sure the club is developing in the right direction.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities said, “Congratulations to all the nominees shortlisted for an award especially those from our district and to our winner Beckers Green Primary School for being crowned School of the Year in Essex. You are all great ambassadors of sporting talent the Braintree District has to offer and the role you play in our community. Through Active Essex and the district’s Livewell Campaign, we are committed to supporting and promoting a range of activities to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.”