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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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