“At Goldbeaters School we provide a wealth of opportunities for children to lead healthy active lives, which inspires all, through a high quality curriculum and extensive extra curricular programme. This provision will enable our children to enjoy physical activity, know how to improve and reach their full potential”.
Mike Diaper OBE, Director of Community Sport at Sport England, came to Goldbeaters to meet staff and pupils and to share in our practise following our AfPE with distinction award. He met our sports council and saw numerous PE lessons at Goldbeaters and our federated school Orion from Reception gymnastics to Year 6 Cricket. Mike is a warm, passionate, caring man who has done so much amazing work for school sport over the last 10 years, hence the OBE, and is a real credit to Sport England. The children loved meeting him and he had a truly lovely way with them - clearly interested in what they had to say. One child,asked what his favourite sport was. Mike replied telling him it was rugby. He also like tennis but wasn't very good so he offered to teach him! Another, year 4, wanted to know if dodgeball would become an Olympic sport and is clearly focused on the up and coming tournament! Other topics included the legacy of the Olympics, getting girls into sport (This Girl Can) and what he liked best about his job (he said meeting kids of course!) Mike was also able to look at the new playground plan, partly funded from through a Sport England grant and we confirmed the process was simple and well supported. He had to leave us after lunch as he had a meeting with the Education Minister!