A NEW national sports award has been won by a Bognor Regis school.
The Regis School has become one of just 104 nationally to gain the special platinum award of the School Games Mark. The award is only open to schools with five successive gold awards.
Mike Garlick, the school’s principal, said: “I am delighted that our school’s dedication to providing comprehensive sports opportunities to our own students and to other children across our local and wider community has been recognised.
“Involvement in sport not only helps physical well-being but also has a positive impact on mental health. It encourages leadership, team work, resilience and excellent communication skills, all of which are important in today’s world.”
The School Games Mark is a Government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 and run by national charity, the Youth Sport Trust. It had nearly 9,000 applicants last year.
Taking part in the part in the scheme allows schools to evaluate their PE provision. A gold award can be achieved only by meeting certain criteria.
These include engaging a high percentage of young people in curricular and extra-curricular activities, taking part in a minimum number of competitions across different sports and reaching out to target groups and inactive pupils.
Ali Oliver, the Youth Sport Trust’s chief executive, said: “At a time when young people are becoming less healthy and less active, the school games produce opportunities for millions across the country to participate in sport and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle, both on and off the field. The Regis School are really leading the way.”
Other School Games Marks awarded in West Sussex west were: Gold – Bersted Green, Bishop Luffa, Bishop Tufnell, Boxgrove, Downview, Edward Bryant, Seal Academy, St Richard’s and West Wittering.
Silver – Funtington, Nyewood Junior, Southway,South Bersted, St Anthony’s and St Mary’s.
Bronze – Aldingbourne, Bartons, East Wittering, Kingsham, North Mundham, Parklands, Rose Green Junior and Southbourne Junior.