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School scores after bid for sport funding

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

A SCHOOL has scored full marks for its sporty pupils with an award of £3,000 for an after hours sports programme. Mitchell Brook Primary School in Bridge Road, Neasden, received the funding from Brent Housing Partnership from its Community Fund, seeing pu

A SCHOOL has scored full marks for its sporty pupils with an award of £3,000 for an after hours sports programme.

Mitchell Brook Primary School in Bridge Road, Neasden, received the funding from Brent Housing Partnership from its Community Fund, seeing pupils and young people from the surrounding area getting involved in football, netball, basketball and dance.

Arsenal women's footballer, Rachel Yankey has been dropping by on sessions to pass on her footwork skills while coaches from her coaching company run the sessions with assistance from volunteers from secondary schools.

Theresa Landreth, head teacher of Mitchell Brook, said: "At Mitchell Brook, we see ourselves at the 'hub of the community' and believe it is our responsibility to ensure our community is able to have access to wider opportunities such as performing arts and sports.

"Funding from organisations such as BHP enables us to make this possible."

Adrian Kelly, extended schools co-ordinator at Mitchell Brook, said: "I would definitely encourage other people to apply for BHP's Community Fund.

"We are very proud to see the young people learn new skills, develop their confidence and go on to lead healthier and active lifestyles through their involvement in sports."

The project was begun by the school, which also offers parenting support sessions, ESOL classes and a family homework club, to provide extra-curricular activities for young people and build good relationships with people from the area.

Sessions take place twice a week, with drop-in football and dance sessions on Tuesday and multi-sports sessions on Thursday, including netball.

Around 80 young pupils attend each week.

Christina Byrne, neighbourhood services manager at BHP, said: "Brent Housing Partnership wants residents to be more involved, not only in the running of our services, but also in their own communities.

"The Community Fund is one way that residents can get involved by providing facilities or activities which promote good community relations.

"Sponsoring projects gives BHP a point of contact with residents and an opportunity to engage with them."

sofia.mitra-thakur@archant.co.uk


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