Stanley Primary School recently hosted a sponsored sports day to raise money for a much-needed new minibus.
With the introduction of the low emission zone across Greater London in January 2012, its current minibus will have to be taken off the road. Stanley has many successful sports teams who use the minibus to get to tournaments so it was felt fitting to hold a day with a sporting theme to start the fundraising.
Linford Christie, Olympic Gold Medallist, attended in the afternoon to teach the children some sporting skills and give them a valuable insight into the training requirements and commitment needed to be a top-level athlete. Linford sent the following message before the day:
“I’m really looking forward to supporting Stanley Primary School’s fundraising sports day. I was spotted by my primary school teacher as someone with talent so I love it when I hear that a school encourages its pupils to take part in a wide range of sports and it sounds like Stanley’s efforts have paid off in their match results“.
The fund had previously been kick-started with a generous donation of £2000 from The Friends of Stanley Primary (the parents and staff association). The school already has shown its commitment to sport by being part of the Get Set 2012 network which is promoting the impact of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and encouraging everyone to participate in sports.
The day involved every child in the school from Reception to Year 6 and parents, friends and local businesses enjoyed the day whilst helping to raise the much-needed funds. Pupils benefited from masterclasses and coaching sessions from skilled coaches and sports experts. After the various events a grand auction was held to sell sporting memorabilia, signed photographs and books from famous sporting stars.
Stanley is also offering the opportunity to local businesses or individuals for team/minibus sponsorship. If you are interested in doing this or would like to find out more information, please contact Helen Arbon, School Business Manager on 020 8977 4858, email firstname.lastname@example.org.