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Vaughan Primary School wins gold for commitment to sport
A Harrow primary school visited by David Beckham last month has been recognised for its commitment to getting children active.
Vaughan Primary School in The Gardens has been handed a gold School Games Kitemark – an award introduced this year for schools who promote sports, especially for less active youngsters.
The school was paid a visit by the former England captain in June, with the Los Angeles Galaxy player speaking to stunned pupils about his role as a Paralympic ambassador.
The children won the visit after going above and beyond the call of duty in promoting Paralmypic sports and ideals, both on and off the playground, as part of the Sainsbury’s Million Kids Challenge.
It becomes the first school in the borough to gain a gold kitemark after making Paralympic sport part of their curriculum, and pupils got their hands on an Olympic torch brought into the school by former pupil and Lloyds TSB worker Derek Beard.
Headteacher Andrew Griffin said: “This is a wonderful award and all credit goes to all the children who participated in Vaughan sporting clubs and competitions on a regular basis.
“This is a fantastic honour and I would like to thank all the staff, volunteers and coaches who helped run activities for the children.”
Councillor Brian Gate, portfolio holder for schools, said: “It’s just another example from our schools of an opportunity to engage in the Olympic ideal, and for our young people to learn from the examples set by our Olympic athletes – that putting in hard work and training can enable them to achieve high academic and sporting excellence.”