Radcliffe-on-Trent Junior School is rapidly earning a reputation for sporting success in Rushcliffe.
Under the coaching skills of sports leader Mr Burdes, the children have participated in a huge variety of sports and the inclusive sporting ethos of the school is apparent in the obvious enjoyment that the children display.
Mr Burdes told The Local News: “It is fantastic to see so many children participating in and enjoying sport in our school.
“This year, 186 of our pupils have represented Radcliffe Junior School in a variety of sports and I am so proud of all the children for their enthusiasm and willingness to have a go.”
This enthusiasm for sport at the school has inevitably led to many sporting achievements too.
The Year 6 Boys (pictured) won the Rushcliffe County Football Cup last month. The team beat Jesse Grey 3-0 and in a remarkable twist of fate, this mirrored a game from 1959.
Chris Smith, who is the grandfather of the current school goalie George Beech, was watching the match.
He told the head teacher, Mrs Clare Allsopp, of the last time Radcliffe had beaten Jesse Grey in the County Cup final, which was when he played for the school in 1959.
Chris said: “Watching the game took me back to 1959 when I was 11. I played for the junior team in the County Cup final, also against Jesse Gray.
“We won 3-1. I remember being embarrassed the next morning when I was called to the front of the assembly as I was man of the match and because of my height, was made to stand on a chair.
“This picture is of our winning team. However, the cup in the photograph is one from our athletics trophy cabinet as Mr Hopewell, our head teacher, thought the one we won wasn’t big enough.”
Not only have Radcliffe Junior School achieved football success this year, they have also had many other sporting highlights.
For the fourth year running, Radcliffe Juniors are Athletics Sports Hall County Champions. The Year 4 and 5 children have also won the County Quad Kids Athletics competition for the thrid year. In a sporting first at the school they also became county champions in Tag Rugby.
In cross-country, Radcliffe Juniors took gold and bronze at the Rushcliffe Cross Country relays held at Rushcliffe Country Park and won both the boys and girls races.
This success allowed a record number of the school’s children to compete for Rushcliffe in the county final and be selected to compete at the National Cross Country Championships.
Finally, the swimming team won the bronze medal in the Schools County Swimming finals.
In recognition of this, Radcliffe Junior School were the first primary school to win the Sainsburys Gold School Games Mark for participation and inclusion in sport.
This success was recognised at the Rushcliffe Sports Awards where the school won both The Dave Bullas Award and The Primary Team of the Year 2015-16.
Clare Allsopp, the school’s hHHhead teacher, said: “We are incredibly proud of our achievements and successes this year.
“We have an extremely dedicated team of staff that work hard to motivate and inspire all of our children. I am so proud of the School Games Gold Mark which reflects our inclusive approach to sport in our school.”