Bet­ter sports thanks to kit cash

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Pupils at The John Wal­lis Academy have be­come more in­volved in sport thanks to a £3,000 in­vest­ment from Kent­based IT com­pany BCTec.

The money has gone to­wards the Academy’s PE de­vel­op­ment plan which is aimed at get­ting young­sters to par­tic­i­pate in more af­ter-school sports.

Stu­dents were able to help choose and de­sign the new kits for the foot­ball, net­ball and bas­ket­ball teams.

The academy’s di­rec­tor of sport, Chris Ni­cholas, ap­proached the com­pany to seek spon­sor­ship for the teams.

He said: “The im­pact has been fan­tas­tic and the in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion in th­ese sports has been no­tice­able.

“There has been a par­tic­u­lar suc­cess in in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in girls foot­ball and bas­ket­ball teams which now field full squads for their games and train ev­ery week in or­der to rep­re­sent the academy wear­ing their new kit.

“It has helped the stu­dents to be more fo­cused and driven.”

A spokesman for BCTec said: “We have been work­ing with The John Wal­lis Academy for four years, look­ing af­ter all of their ICT sup­port needs.

“In this time we have built great re­la­tion­ships with the lead­er­ship team and teach­ing staff and wanted to give a lit­tle back to the school.

“It’s lovely to see the chil­dren hav­ing re­newed in­ter­est in sport and en­joy­ing the com­pe­ti­tions they have en­tered.

“We look for­ward to at­tend­ing some of the games and see­ing the stu­dents in their new kit.”

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