Winning with wellbeing and sport

Students and staff recently attended the Youth Sport Trust (YST) Annual Conference in Coventry – and were shortlisted for and presented with a number of top accolades.

Stanley Grove won the Outstanding Primary School PE Award, while Cedar Mount was presented with the Highly Commended Award in the Outstanding Secondary Schools’ PE category. Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was also shortlisted for its Outstanding PE and Sport offering.

Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships here at BFET, was given the high profile award of ‘Innovation Partner’, recognising the breadth of her partnership work and impact of the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme, which she helps drive.

Finally, Cedar Mount student Ashkan Muradi was shortlisted for the Young People Award, thanks to his continued commitment to promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing amongst his peers.

We became Youth Sport Trust Members in November 2015 and these awards mean that more than half our schools have been recognised in some way for their positive contribution to PE and sport as part of an overall physical and mental health programme.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, commented: “BFET has demonstrated a huge commitment to supporting young people to be healthy, both physically and mentally. They have all delivered inclusive PE and first-class programmes in school sport. They truly embody the mission and values of the Youth Sport Trust.”

All of our schools manages brilliant sports programmes and we are keen to capitalise on this, bringing everyone together through sport, sharing experiences and best practice. This is the beauty of a multi academy trust: being able to bring very different schools together to learn from each other, widen perspectives and broaden opportunities for all our students.

Well done, everyone!