Friday, 03 November 2017
Bolton School has been shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Whole School Community Initiative Award in recognition for its work with The Bolton Sports Alliance. The winner will be announced at the Independent School Awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 8 February 2018. Below is the entry that was posted earlier in the year.
In response to continuing cut-backs of sport provision from the local council, Bolton School collaborated with three long-standing partners and charitable non-profit organisations, Bolton Wanderers FC Community Trust, the Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative and the Bolton Lads and Girls Club to form the Bolton Sports Alliance (BSA). Launched at Bolton School by Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle in 2015, the Alliance aims to provide high quality sport and physical education for the primary schools of Bolton using recognised local deliverers. The University of Bolton has recently become the fifth strategic partner in the alliance.
Keith Branagan, former Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper and Football Coach at Bolton School is the PE Programme Manager within the Alliance and is charged with the responsibility of finding a solution for local primary schools’ PE and sporting needs. This may mean coordinating an individual school’s entire PE programme or providing expertise over a shorter time-frame in a specific sport or activity such as cricket (Bolton School is an MCC hub centre), basketball, gymnastics, athletics, hockey, dance, netball and virtually any other sport as well as outdoor activities – or it might mean helping set up a club for a school in a particular sport.
The Alliance orchestrates a network of associate partners which include Total Gym, Total Swim, Leigh Centurions RL Community Trust, Real PE, Bolton Arena, Imoves and Premier Sport. When a local primary school requires sporting provision they can be confident that BSA has already vetted providers and will be able to provide quality practitioners with appropriate national governing body qualifications and full verified DBS clearance. Schools can utilise their Primary Sports Premium in the knowledge that the BSA PE Programme is being led by PE and School Sport Professionals with over 25 years’ experience in the field.
The BSA has access to outstanding facilities, including Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Bolton Wanderers’ Academy, The Anderton Centre, Total Fitness swimming pool and Bolton School. Each programme of activity is tailored to a school and meets OFSTED requirements as laid out in the Section 5 Framework. The BSA PE Programme is a not-for-profit model with all surplus being re-invested into young people and schools.
Besides bespoke solutions, the Alliance, working with the School Games’ Organisers, also coordinates some hugely popular mass participation events, exemplified by Bolton School’s hosting of its annual Football Festival, which sees 140 teams compete over two days and, over the past eight years, has been enjoyed by over 10,000 girls and boys aged 7-11 years. Bolton School Sixth Formers help with the running of this event, refereeing, stewarding and acting as runners between matches. Pupils are also involved when the School hosts its hugely popular annual Sports Festival for local Year 5 and 6 children and other events such as town cross country and swimming championships.
The BSA also offers CPD for PE teachers from a national provider called Create Development who provide all the necessary resources for the Early Years’ Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 in line with the National Curriculum.
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