Totally Runable Work Wins Primary School Sports Award

Totally Runable’s work with Darton Primary School in South Yorkshire has won a prestigious county-wide sports award for innovation.

Darton Primary, part of Barnsley-based St Mary’s Academy Trust, picked up the Yorkshire Sport Foundation Award for Innovation in School PE and Sport after working alongside Totally Runable to measure and close gaps between girls and boys in confidence and performance in PE, sport and physical activity. The school used workshops and strategic planning with the help of Totally Runable trainers, used whole school assemblies to address stereotypes in sport, and has seen significant results in non-stereotypical sports participation and confidence.

Darton Primary Head Teacher Jo Lancett said this week, “It is so nice to have something like this to celebrate as a school. Like lots of schools we have had a challenging few months but our staff and pupils work so hard to create a positive, inclusive, and inspiring school atmosphere and it is great to have the opportunity to celebrate that, and recognise all of that hard work!”

The school was praised by Totally Runable Director Natalie Jackson who said “Darton is a great example of a school who have been curious enough to think about what is going on with confidence levels between girls and boys and look deeper. We call this gap between girls and boys in confidence, or participation in sport the ‘Gender Sport Gap’, and there is no physical reason at primary school why it should exist. It has been an absolute privilege to work with Darton over the last few years to help them become more aware of that gap and do some brilliant work on closing it. We’re so pleased that their work with us has been recognised in this way.”

Laithes Primary School also picked up a South Yorkshire Award, for creating a more active school, with the introduction of more activity into the school day and efforts to make children aware of the importance of their activity levels.

The Yorkshire Primary PE Awards are coordinated by the Active partnerships operating in the county, including the Yorkshire Sport Foundation for South and West Yorkshire. Award categories are based on five key performance indicators set by the Department for Education linked to the Primary PE and Sport Premium. County winners will go forward to a Yorkshire competition, with overall winners to be announced live on YouTube on Tuesday 13th October by Olympian and former Barnsley Swimmer James Kirton.

More information on the Awards can be found at;