Eastlea pupils join in the virtual fun and games…
June 23, 2020
Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington was one of many from across the region to take part in the first ever Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Virtual School Games.
Up to 1,800 young people usually take part in the events each year – which are normally held separately in their respective areas – but the Covid-19 lockdown forced the organisers into a change of plan.
Over the course of the day, several challenges including football, fitness, cricket, dance, tennis, rugby, cheer, yoga and hockey, were set by local partners to provide young people with the opportunity to achieve their personal best and challenge friends, family and classmates. As well as school pupils taking part children could also participate from their own homes and were encouraged to record and share their attempts via social media.
Eastlea Primary School head teacher Emma Beeston reported “The day started with an Opening Ceremony led by special guest, Eddie the Eagle. After watching the ceremony the children then took part in a full day of sporting challenges delivered by local clubs and sports providers, including ball skills, creative dance and various fitness activities.”
“The great thing about the day was that everyone in school, from Early Years to Year 6, and everyone at home could join in – and in true Eastlea style, they did! Families from across the school ages sent in videos and pictures of themselves joining in with the different challenges.”
“There was also a chance for the Eastlea children to show off their amazing creative skills by designing a Virtual Games mascot. We had a staggering 51 entries sent into school. These were then forwarded to the School Games competition for judging.”
“The day was a huge success both in school and at home and the Eastlea children thoroughly enjoyed being part of this shared County wide experience.”
Clare Morley, Chief Executive at the North NE Active Partnership (NNEAP), formerly known separately as Northumberland Sport and Tyne & Wear Sport, said: “While we are all obviously disappointed that the pandemic had forced the cancellation of the county finals, staff within schools, the School Games Organisers and the team from NNEAP have worked extremely hard to make sure pupils remain engaged and have the opportunity to be active and interact with their friends and peers.
“We hope the Virtual School Games will provide the inspiration to be active both on the day and over the next few weeks and months.”