Donors’ boost for school sports
CLUBS and councils have come forward to help cash-strapped Marlwood and Castle schools improve their sports provision.
Thornbury Running club has used money raised at its open races last year to buy flags for each school.
And four parish councils have come together with supporters group Friends of Marlwood School to buy a new table tennis table for use by the school’s GCSE sport students.
Kevin Wood, from Thornbury Running Club, presented the flags to Castle and Marlwood, above.
He said: "As a club, we know how important running is to both mental and physical health. We want to encourage the schools to get as many pupils as possible into the running habit."
The club will also be supporting the schools’ running award later this year.
Castle School PE teacher Jo Williams said: “With our current financial situation, we are very grateful to receive items that can be used in our department to improve student engagement and the presentation of our events, for example inter-house athletics and inter-school cross country.
"Running and athletics are thriving in our school – to have links with local clubs is a huge benefit to our students.”
Marlwood PE teacher Matt Richards said: "As a school with low funding, we just cannot afford items such as these. When students see that we are investing in them, they naturally invest more time into the activity.
“Thank you so much to TRC for their generosity; it is greatly appreciated.”
Friends of Marlwood School decided to focus its efforts on fundraising for sports equipment this year as for some time the school’s spending has been limited to a few ‘balls, bats and bibs’, with large equipment out of reach due to budget cuts.
FOMS has received financial help from four parish councils – Olveston, Alveston, Severn Beach and Pilning – to pay for a new match-standard table tennis table, below.
Pupils Skye McCrimmond and Stanley Willmott try out Marlwood’s new table tennis table with Nick Quinlivan of FOMS, Catherine Collinson of Aust parish council Pat Savage of Olveston Parish Council, Melinda Evans of FOMS, teacher Rhian Morris and pupil Owen Peacock. Picture by Libby and Shauna Bennett
Aust parish council has already been sponsoring an academic award at the school for a number of years.
FOMS has welcomed the breadth of support they are now receiving and is waiting to hear how much supporters raised from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which recently featured its Gym for Teens fundraising project at its Thornbury store.
A spokesperson said: “FOMS are very grateful for this strong community support as it helps towards our aim to make Marlwood a school where all pupils can thrive.”
Thornbury Running Club has also donated £1,266 to Brain Tumour Support, which is based in the town, to help the charity provide information, support and promote awareness of its work.