St Bedes - Partner School

St Bedes - Partner School

23rd November 2016

St Bedes Catholic Junior School are feeling the benefits of the relationship they have with Widnes Vikings as a Partner School. 

The Partner School programme sees schools utilise part of their Sports Premium funding in order to gain quality coaching and pupil engagement activity for every week of the academic year. It also allows for schools pupils to gain additional opportunities for player engagement and unique experiences through education and health programmes.

St Bedes school take part in a number of initiatives with the Vikings, including Sky Try and Game Changer, and the work that the Club do with the school is having a positive effect on the children that are taking part.

Dan Newall, Community Rugby League Coach at Widnes Vikings, says: "It's great to go to St Bedes and work with them as a partner school," he said.

"With the size of the school, we are able to deliver sessions to huge number of children, which in turn will introduce more children in Widnes to the game of rugby league and to Widnes Vikings.

"The children we work with have been very receptive in class time, resulting in many of them attending after-school club in their own time due to the success of the Sky Try sessions.

"St Bedes staff have been brilliant to work with, and have been helpful in every way and we look forward to continuing this relationship."

Faith Tiernan, Headteacher of St Bedes Catholic Junior School, says: ‘Working with the Widnes Vikings as a Partner School, has enabled the pupils to further develop a thirst for physical education and a drive to improves their own skills and fitness levels," she said.

"The combination of curriculum time lessons followed by an extra-curricular session has meant that children involved have accessed lessons which engage them so much, they stay for an additional hour after school too for more sport.   

"The Vikings’ coaches who deliver the sessions are like one of the team in school now; it is a blessing that, as a school, we can work in collaboration so well. Just like the new kit for 2017, we are ‘Ready for Anything’!"

For more information on the ‘Vikings Partner School’ Programme please contact Richard Munson, Widnes Vikings Community Integrated Director by email or phone 07921 338629.

St Bedes - Partner School