Teachers learn a thing or two at Inspire+ conference in Grantham

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Grantham sports charity Inspire+ held its very first PE, sport and leadership conference at the Guildhall in Grantham on Thursday.

The conference was attended by headteachers and PE co-ordinators from over 30 different primary schools in Grantham, Stamford and surrounding villages.

Inspire+ conference

Inspire+ conference

Guest speaker for the day was Olympic and Commonwealth Games gymnast Craig Heap who was also a judge on the recent BBC one hit show ‘Tumble’.

The conference focused on the development of physical education, engaging children in leadership and planning the new academic year of the Inspire+ comprehensive breath of programmes and initiatives. The theme of the conference was ‘Inspiring a Generation’ in recognition of the dedication and opportunities teachers are giving to young people to be the best they can be.

Ropsley Primary School headteacher Ann Cook said on the day: “I attended the first Inspire+ PE, sport and leadership conference. I came away from the day with a clear vision for the development of both PE and sport within my school but better than that I was inspired to get us there. What a fantastic day, thank you.”

After the conference, Linda Baldwin, headteacher of St Sebastian’s School in Great Gonerby, saidd: “I would like to reiterate what a colleague said during the day about how much schools value the work Inspire+ does in SK. For anyone who does not have experience of the types and levels of support there is on offer in other localities, it could be easy to take for granted what Inspire+ does. The personal touch Inspire+ offers and the time taken to visit schools and discuss things are valued greatly.”

The day also included workshops delivered by school PE specialists and a chance for the charity’s supporters and partners to promote the programmes they have to offer schools. The South Kesteven Young Ambassadors were also present at the conference. Representatives from every secondary school participated in a workshop with Craig Heap and started planning their events for the year.

Craig spoke on numerous occasions about the work Inspire+ does in SKDC. He said: “The work Inspire+ does is fantastic, the staff and everyone involved with the charity has so much passion for benefitting the lives of young people.”

During the summer, Inspire+ held 12 Olympic sports camps for children aged six-11 years old to experience a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports in an environment of high quality and well-structured sports coaching. The camps where held at Belton Lane Primary School and Huntingtower Community Primary Academy.

Over the next year Inspire+ will be holding a further 30 camp days, including several at Belton Lane and Huntingtower schools. The first three days are October 27, 28 and 29. For more information email sportscamp.inspireplus@gmail.com or visit www.inspireplus.org.uk and sign into the parent zone.