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Olympic Star Alex Danson visits Cleves

On Wednesday 10th January 2018, we received a surprise visit from Great Britain and England hockey captain Alex Danson MBE. Our commitment to developing our students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport was commemorated with a special assembly hosted by Alex, where Mr Nelson was presented with our special School Games Platinum Award and our Play Leaders had the opportunity to take part in a hockey masterclass with the two-time Olympic medallist.

The Platinum Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community. We were one of just 104 recipients of the new award and won a random prize draw to receive the presentation visit from Alex.

Participating in this process has allowed us to evaluate our PE provision and has assisted us in developing an action plan for future progress. The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Applications are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards. To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils. Understandably, we are delighted to have received the platinum award.

Speaking after her visit, Danson said: “I've had a fantastic day here at Cleves. They deserve huge congratulations for achieving this award. The School Games Mark is a fantastic opportunity to get more young people active and recognising those participating regular in inter and intra-school sport.”

All Platinum Awards will be valid for two years and successful applicants will not be required to apply again in 2018. We will have the opportunity to maintain their Platinum Award when next applying in Summer 2019.

Below is a video of the day along with a range of photographs