Scilly Lottery Grant Helps First School Sports Tour

rugby childrenA grant from the Scilly Lottery is helping a group of sporting youngsters from the Five Islands School to take part in their first sports tour.

Teachers Adam May and Martyn Songhurst are taking the 23 pupils to Cornwall next week, where they’ll get the chance to play at a tennis club in Penzance, visit a professional rugby ground, and get to use the top level sports facilities, including a floodlit astroturf pitch and indoor netball dome at Mount’s Bay Academy.

They’ll also play matches against mainland schools and gain a qualification in the primary sports leaders award.

The youngsters have been chosen on their commitment to attend the after school clubs on a regular basis, how they’ve performed in training and against visiting schools in the summer fixture programme and whether they’ve followed the school’s behaviour code.

Adam says they wanted to give a unique sporting experience to the budding sports stars of the school.

He says this is the first time they’ve run a tour like this but the school are keen to repeat it next year, with trips further afield to Plymouth and Exeter.

The £1,000 grant from the Scilly Lottery will help with travel and accommodation for the youngsters and the accompanying adults, as well as kit and food.

The students have been fundraising over the summer to meet the remainder of the costs.

The tour will start the day after another big sporting event takes place. The children will be welcoming the famous Webb Ellis Cup on Tuesday, which is coming to the school as part of this summer’s Rugby World Cup trophy tour.

The cup will be on show from 8am to 9.15am in the amphitheatre, with a short presentation on the history of the tournament at 8.40am. Afterwards, there’s a morning of tag rugby on the school field with members of the Cornish Pirates and the school rugby coaches.