A CUDWORTH school has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for its commitment to getting kids involved in sport.

Churchfield Primary School has won several awards and its sporting achievements are numerous, but it is how this has impacted on the school’s pupils that led to the nomination.

Macaela Bennett, a parent of a child at the school, said in her nomination that the school’s sporting focus ‘encourages good health in all our children.’

Jonathan Bean, year six teacher and head of PE and sport, said: “We are surprised and really proud that parents think of the school so highly.

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“Something such as this is a team effort between parents, children and staff, and the children always push it and try everything.

“It’s such a big area for us that with a lot of the work we do we take it for granted that not everyone does the same.”

This work includes getting children involved in activities they might not get the chance to try, such as archery, fencing and yoga.

Jonathan said: “We’re enabling children to get involved and hopefully setting them up for life, it’s not just about trying to achieve.”

The school, a Centre of Excellence for PE and sport, also participates in the Daily Mile, a relatively new scheme that encourages children to run or jog for fifteen minutes of every school day.

Head teacher Yvonne Gray said: “We’re absolutely thrilled.

“Staff do go above and beyond with any opportunity to get children engaged in sport.

“We make sure they can become involved by becoming leaders or helping to organise competitions and officiating.

“It’s about giving children different opportunities to keep fit and healthy.”