14th Jun, 2021

120 Coventry pupils take on cross-country organised by Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

MORE than 120 year six children from across Coventry have gone head-to-head in an annual cross-country race.

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, hosted the 800m event.

It was organised by Andy McConville, Chair of Coventry Catholic Sports and Principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Cardinal Wiseman’s head of PE Chris Page and operations manager Zoe Seth.

Children remained in class bubbles as they travelled around the school to keep the event Covid-secure.

The run was supported by the whole PE department at Cardinal Wiseman and 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’ contest. All those taking part were presented with a special goody bag in recognition of their achievements.

Mr McConville 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.”

He added there were so many incredible sporting performances as pupils showcased their talents and it gave those children 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.”

Mr Page said they received fantastic feedback from the participating schools and thanked everyone who helped out, especially the sixth-form students who were ‘fantastic role models’.

“All of the children were enthusiastic, gave their all and represented their schools excellently.”

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