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Story Homes funds innovative sports scheme for fourth year

The award-winning Cumbrian Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Foundation (SPAAF) will be providing specialist coaching in schools across the region, thanks to a fourth year of funding for the programme by Story Homes.

The programme, which sees SPAAF’s team of coaches working across participating schools teaching new sports and encouraging physical activity among pupils, was developed to keep the London Olympic legacy alive in the region.

Story Homes worked with the SPAAF team to develop the programme, growing it year on year to include 10 schools. The coaches provide specialist instruction covering basketball, handball, tennis, athletics and hockey.

Michael Barnes, school sport co-ordinator and senior coach at SPAAF, said: “The funding provided by Story Homes over the past four years has enabled hundreds of pupils to explore different sports and develop their skills, such as communication and teamwork, through physical activity.”Story Homes - Willow Lane Primary School 2

At the beginning of the month, SPAAF was crowned joint winner of the Sporting Achievement category at the prestigious Golden Apple Awards – an annual event that honours excellence in the education and training sectors.

“Bringing home a Golden Apple Award reinforces the incredible work that we do within our local community, which we couldn’t achieve without Story Homes’ continued support.”

The schools in the programme include:

  • Thursby Primary, Carlisle
  • St Bede’s Primary, Carlisle
  • Newlaithes Infants Primary, Carlisle
  • Newtown Primary, Carlisle
  • Inglewood Junior School, Carlisle
  • Pennine Way Primary, Carlisle
  • Heron Hill Primary, Lancaster
  • Willow Lane Primary, Lancaster
  • St Mary’s Primary, Whitehaven
  • Montreal Primary, Cleator Moor
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