A BARNSLEY primary school is celebrating after being presented with the ‘Centre of Excellence for Physical Activity’ award by the director of Yorkshire Sports.

Burton Road Primary School were handed the accolade last month after their work gained recognition from outside of the town.

The school received a plaque and are continuing with their work, led by sports teacher Andy Hawksworth.

He said: “We’ve set up a provision to get inter-school competitions up and running in Barnsley.

“It’s all snowballed and we’re just trying to get the kids competing and back to normal.

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“We’ve got 12 schools that compete every Friday.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve done as a school and a team it’s just all about giving the kids an opportunity.

“We need to get them out socialising and engaging again but it’s not just about competing, there’s something for everybody.

“It’s inclusive for everyone there’s SEND activities too so all children can get involved.

“We work with Reds in the Community and they’ve been great, too.”

Headteacher Matthew Harris added: “We are delighted to receive recognition for our sporting excellence.

“As a school we have had a long-term commitment to a breadth of sporting opportunities as we believe that has a profound effect on children’s life chances, wellbeing and attainment.

“I would like to thank Mr Hawksworth for all his passion, dedication and commitment in taking our sports offer to the next level and facilitating this achievement.”