School children from across Coventry have gone head-to-head in a cross-country race organised by Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School.
The school – part of the Romero Catholic Academy – welcomed 120 Year 6 children from 15 schools based across the city to take part in the special 800m run.
The event was organised by Andy McConville, chair of Coventry Catholic Sports and Principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, which is also part of the Academy, with the help of Cardinal Wiseman’s head of PE Chris Page and operations manager Zoe Seth.
Safety was a key priority at the Covid-secure event, with children remaining in their class bubbles while travelling around the school.
The event was supported by the whole of the PE department at Cardinal Wiseman as well as a number of sixth form students studying sport.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School was triumphant in the boys’ event, while St John Vianney Catholic Primary School secured first place in the girls’ race.
However, all those taking part were celebrated and were presented with a special goody bag in recognition of their achievements.
Andy said: “Coventry Catholic Sports has a long history of giving pupils the chance to participate in a range of sports while competing against other schools.
“We have really missed school sport over the last 12 months, so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to start again.
“It was fantastic to welcome children from schools right across the city. They were buzzing with excitement before and bursting with pride afterwards.
“We saw so many incredible sporting performances from pupils showcasing their talents once again.
“Cardinal Wiseman was an excellent venue with plenty of outdoor space so that the event could go ahead while being Covid-secure.
“It also gave those children who will soon be moving on to secondary school an opportunity to visit a Key Stage 3 setting.
“It was great to see Cardinal Wiseman pupils clapping the Year 6 children as they left the site to congratulate them for their efforts.”
Chris added: “The event went very well and we have had some fantastic feedback from all of the schools involved.
“All of the children were enthusiastic, gave their all and represented their schools excellently.
“I would like to thank all those who supported on the day, particularly our sixth form students who were fantastic role models to all of the Year 6 children.
“We are very proud at Cardinal Wiseman to be able to support the wider school community with events like this and look forward to hosting more in the future.”
Picture: Andy McConville, Chair of Coventry Catholic Sports and Principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, and Cardinal Wiseman’s head of PE Chris Page join just some of the children who took part in the event.