Newham College puts on first annual Young ESOL Sports day

The Sports Enrichment Team put on the first annual Young ESOL Sports day for the ESOLY Department. The event was held at the prestigious Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park, Stratford.

The day was filled with a wide array of activities for the students to get involved in. As part of our Sports Enrichment & Tackling Inactivity in College offer, we have worked closely with these groups throughout the year to offer curriculum swimming lessons to help engage some of their inactive students and give them essential life skills and build their confidence in swimming. It was agreed to end the year on the biggest high possible by taking over the Copper Box venue! The students arrived in style in their groups ready to go! When presented with the trophy, the atmosphere became electric with many student cheering in excitement.

The competition between form groups was very high with a record amount of students signing up to battle for the Newham College Sports Day trophy. Groups from absolute beginners, all the way up to ESOL level 2 were eager to showcase their skills compete against their fellow classmates. The sports day at the Copper Box Arena attracted over 145 students across all 13 Young ESOL form groups.

An amazing achievement to have as many students under one roof taking part in sport & physical activity does not go without saying the hard work this took to plan and deliver. Everyone involved can be extremely proud of what we achieved and we thank all the ESOLY Department for their support and drive to make this happen. Teamwork makes the dream work!

The day was broken up into Activity Stations to allow all the students to sign up to the activities they wanted to participate in. The activities on offer varied from Futsal, Basketball, Dodgeball, egg & spoon race, sack race, plank challenge, capture the flag, standing long jump, tug of war and many more. It was very rewarding to see many students who may not have always been involved in sport, actively taking part in many of the activities. The sports day was a great opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate and have a fun rewarding sporting experience. It was enjoyable to witness students showcasing their competitive side by trying to beat their peers in the egg & spoon relay. This surprisingly was one of the highlights of the day with the many of the girls taking it by storm and showing the boys how it’s done!

The sports day also allowed the students the opportunity to express themselves and not worry about the stresses of exams. Individual rewards were given out to Best Boy & Best Girl on the day for their amazing effort to try something new outside of their comfort zone and always put in 100% effort in any activity they performed in. What was also interesting is the sports day presented itself with the opportunities for the students to also lead and showcase their leadership skills. We had 2 of our amazing student volunteers Kaulser & Cid actively taking a strong lead on managing their stations, taking registers and organising each activity so that everyone knew where to go. We would like to give them a massive thank you and well done for their continued effort for their hard work!

Please find the League Table below:
1st place – Class E3/1 = 166 points accumulated from their activities
2nd Place – Class E2/1 = 150 points accumulated from their activities
3rd place – Class AB/1 = 148 points accumulated from their activities

We would like to say a massive well done to everyone who took part and a special congratulation to ESOLY Entry 2 Group 1 for winning the sports day with the most points!


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