Sports & Fitness Sports Grant Funding 2017-18 Updated Sports Grant Impact Report 2016-17 At Applegarth Academy we are committed to delivering high quality and consistent P.E provision to all the children across our school. Our aim is to increase the participation rate in school sports for boys and girls across the academy to help improve our children’s health and fitness, their understanding of sport, team work, and citizenship. We are creating a learning environment within P.E and sports at Applegarth where children can confidently express themselves in a constructive and positive way to become the best performers that they can be. In September 2013 we began our continuous development within P.E provision and school sports by appointing a Sports Coach to deliver and plan fun, engaging, innovative lessons that challenge our children within the Primary National Curriculum for Physical Education. Continuing our on-going development as an Academy we have appointed a second Sports Coach, from January 2014. Collectively our P.E teaching team deliver P.E lessons to children from Nursery to Year 6 and all lessons are challenging and inclusive covering a range of sports and technical skills across the academic year. As part of our P.E provision we provide targeted support to our children by working with them closely in small groups allowing them to access new skills and strengths through our occupational therapy programme. We offer a wide range of sporting clubs which take place throughout the school day including breakfast, lunch and after school. Our breakfast clubs are designed to encourage children to come to school early in preparation for the day ahead. Providing a good start to the day with healthy food choices and morning sports and games. After school clubs are an opportunity for children to engage further in extracurricular activities and improve physical development and team skills. At Applegarth Academy we are extremely proactive with our school sports opportunities and competitions. We have successfully competed in the Croydon school sports in cross country, football and netball. We have arranged friendly fixtures with our neighbouring schools and schools within our Academy Trust in other National Curriculum sports such as basketball and hockey. As part of our school sports programme, we offer football development training providing children with the skills and knowledge to confidently compete against other local schools in the Primary Football League. We travel to our events and fixtures in our School minibus which was purchased at the beginning of the academic year. Applegarth Academy continues to work closely with other Schools within the STEP Academy Trust, through termly meetings and organising inter-academy fixtures and tournaments, all Academy staff strive to work together in partnership to deliver excellence in P.E and School Sport.