Sunderland Echo

Double delight for Seaburn Dene Primary School

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Seaburn Dene Primary School are celebratin­g a double sporting success.

Their Year 5 basketball team triumphed in the Sunderland final of the Hoops for Health basketball competitio­n at half-time before Newcastle Eagles recent clash with Manchester Giants.

The Seaburn youngsters saw off Barnes Juniors 6-0, after overcoming St Cuthbert’s RC, Thorney Close, in the semi-final.

It is the second time in three years, the Torver Crescent school have tasted success in the tournament.

Two years ago, their team eventually won the Champion of Champions title, after emerging as overall North East winners.

In the same week, the school’s Year 4 hockey team were crowned Sunderland champions in the Quickstick­s Hockey Final, following an 8-0 win over Fatfield Primary, 3-0 victories over Mill Hill Primary and Blackfell, before overcoming St Michael’s RC in the final, 3-1.

The school is one of a handful in the city to hold a Platinum School Games award due to its high levels of participat­ion in interschoo­l sport competitio­ns: football, netball, basketball, rugby, hockey and gymnastics, to name but a few. It also offers a range of after-school sports including: dance, football, gymnastics and karate.

PE co-ordinator and Year 4 class teacher James Ashton said: “PE at Seaburn Dene continues to move from strength to strength.

“We have built a really strong sporting ethos within school that challenges, motivates and inspires children to become the best they can be in all areas of sport.

“Commitment and determinat­ion, from both staff and children, have shown to return not only positive competitio­n results, but also a deeply embedded love for sport and exercise.

“The vision for PE at our school has always been to provide a wide range of sports and opportunit­ies for all children and we hope to go from strength to strength.”

Acting headteache­r John Howe added: “One of our four drivers at school is PE. We are passionate about the opportunit­ies sport offers our children in laying down the foundation­s for activity and engagement long into the future.”

 ??  ?? Above: Jake Nesbitt lifting the Hoops for Health basketball trophy. Below: Seaburn Dene (centre) with Barnes, St Cuthbert’s and Farringdon Primary Schools.
Above: Jake Nesbitt lifting the Hoops for Health basketball trophy. Below: Seaburn Dene (centre) with Barnes, St Cuthbert’s and Farringdon Primary Schools.
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