Here at Durham Trinity School & Sports College we work very closely with the Youth Sports Trust. We have been identified as a centre of excellent practice and our role and impact can be seen across the county and further afield.
In this section you can find information of the projects and the work we do with the Youth Sport Trust.
Lead Inclusion School
This is a Youth Sport Trust initiative to promote inclusive opportunities for young people in PE and school sport relating to the school games and beyond.
- To work with others to support them to provide inclusive competition and strengthen entry and exit pathways to school games and regular competition.
- To provide regular training advice and guidance for the school sport workforce on inclusive practice.
- To raise aspirations and to lead the way in developing inclusive leadership through Step into Sport and Durham County leadership academy.
- To promote TOPS sportsability.
For further information visit www.youthsporttrust.org/programmes
Active in Mind – Barnard Class
Barnard Class access Abbey Sports Centre Fitness Suite as an additional opportunity linked to Healthy Active lifestyles and promoting a pupils health and well being.
Active in Mind
Rachel McKenzie from Youth Sport Trust and young mentors from Durham Johnston School visited school to work with our nurture group in team building exercises and Thai boxing. This project is linked to Health and Well-being and pupils emotional development.
Active in Mind
We are running a new project linked to Youth Sport Trust. This project involves linking physical activity to developing a healthy mind developing a pupils emotional and mental well-being.
We are running a nurture group as part of Friday afternoon enrichment activities. This group have selected some of the activities that they wish to try – for example, using the climbing wall at Meadowfield.
We are also trialing meditation techniques with this group and had the pleasure of a Buddhist monk working with the group to develop their understanding.
Rachel McKenzie, a Youth Sport mentor, is also working with the group on team building exercises.
We are part of a research group looking into Active in Mind with Leeds Beckett University.
Step Into Sport
This years county leadership camp was attended by Trinity, Croft School, Hopewood School, Villa Real School, Bishop Barrington School, Durham Johnston School and King James Academy. Young leaders were introduced to disability sport that links to the Durham County School Games. The Mayor of Durham attended along with Rachael MacKenzie (GB Thai Boxer).
Healthy Active Minds Project
Our focus this year is to promote mental health and well-being. Our projects include
- Boxing at Brandon Boxing Club
- Boxing at Durham University
- Barnard class attending Abbey Sports Centre weekly to use the fitness suite
National Play Unified Summit – Sheffield August 2017
One pupil from Trinity and one pupil from Durham Johnston School attended the National Play Unified Summit in Sheffield August 2017 representing County Durham . Below is a report produced by the Durham Johnston School pupil about his experience. Congratulations to both pupils who attended.
Play Unified – Our Project for Next Year
Our young ambassadors have decided that our new project will revolve around creative thinking and thinking skills using Lego. Our project will continue to work alongside Durham Johnston School.
Whose Sun Flower Will Grow the Tallest?
Pupils from Warkworth class have planted their sun flower seeds that Durham Johnston school gave them. School is going to report on how our sunflowers grow and we are in a competition with Durham Johnston school as to who can grow the tallest sunflower.
Youth Sport Trust National Conference for Lead Schools
Congratulations to both girls who presented the awards at the Youth Sport Trust National conference for lead schools. Both girls told everyone how well they are doing in Sports Leadership and what drives them to improve. Kate Gray Paralympic swimmer worked with both girls to present the awards and refine their presentational skills.
Northern Echo Play Unified News Coverage
Sky Living for Sport Athlete Mentor Project Autumn Term 2016
Amanda Coulson attended school as part of the Girls Active Project, Amanda worked on team building skills to help the girls develop skills in boxing, and to build their self confidence to take part in physical activity and competitive sport. For more information on the ‘Girls Can’ Project click here.
Play Unified a Youth Sport Trust Project
The aim of Play Unified is to Educate, Motivate and Activate young people to create understanding, acceptance and friendship between young people with intellectual disabilities and young people without Intellectual difficulties working and playing together.
Our Project at Trinity is focussed on reading. Trinity has 6 young leaders trained to deliver Play Unified and in conjunction with Durham Johnston school we are linking the 2 projects. School has been given £500 to deliver the project and the group have decided to focus on Warkworth and Bowes classes this year.
Water Sports Hub School Project – Kayaking
As part of our Water sports hub school work on behalf of Youth sport trust we have introduced Kayaking to pupils.
Hylton class and P.E. staff have completed U Canoe training alongside the National Governing body development officer, our work in water sports now involves indoor rowing and kayaking, outdoor rowing and kayaking on the river Wear with Durham University and Durham Amateur Rowing club.
This is an innovation project developing tools to support inclusion, our successful bid has involved the delivery of fencing to young people.
In collaboration with the NE region Fencing England we focussed on 5 schools training their staff and coaches to enable them to establish fencing within their own school. The offer involved a bag of fencing equipment valued at £500. This work enabled an inter-school competition to take place at the Regional Fencing Centre at Durham University. Fencing showed us the special nature the sport offers and how it stimulates healthy activity, self-reliance, structured learning and leadership within pupils. It further highlights how it suits the SEND population. Our latest successful bid centres itself on Leadership within the sport. (September, 2015 – March 2016)
Our plan for future work is to deliver fencing in collaboration with Durham Fencing club and host one off competition or festival for young people with SEND.
For further information visit www.fencingnortheast.org/fencing-centres.
Working in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, Durham City Boat Club, Durham University and British Rowing we have been successful in an application to deliver Inclusive Rowing. Trinity pupils have received specialist coaching, accessed the Indoor tank at Durham University and spent time on the river. Within these sessions pupils were introduced to the different parts of the boat, correct carrying technique, safety equipment and rowing vocabulary. With the aid of diagrams, repetition, and games they soon learnt a basic level of understanding. They were then introduced to how to approach the water and get the equipment and themselves afloat safely and work as a team to help each other. After being able to get afloat they were attached with safety lines to the bank and put their rowing machine and tank skills to practice!
Rowing takes a perfect balance of concentration, hard work and patience through the repetitive technique. Although tasking, rowing also provides a sense of tranquillity through being on the water making it appealing and rewarding for a range of different people.
Youth Sport Trust Water Sports Athlete Mentor Naomi Norris visited school February 2016
Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed their morning with Naomi, she led a whole school assembly and supervised a Key Stage 2 rowing competition which three other schools accessed. Pupils enjoyed working with Naomi and seeing her Paralympic gold medal from London 2012.