Fun in the Sun
As the Sun started to break through the clouds 70 children from 7 schools from across the 5 districts participated in the annual Tees Valley Sport Bell Boating Event at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre on Tuesday July 3rd 2018. Young leaders from St Michaels Catholic Academy provided expert support for the children along side teachers and the White Water Centre staff. The event was sponsored by Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation with 2 volunteers from BT also joining the children on the water. The event ran smoothly and the competitors had smiles on their faces all day long. After ten races, the top four teams were announced and the grand final was ready to go when the MFC mascot, Rory the Lion appeared on the waterside and motivated the children ahead of the final event. In a very tight race, Normandy Primary School were the winners beating Springwell School on the finish line, Easterside Academy and Priory Woods finished in 3rd and 4th place.
The bell boating was organised by Tees Valley Sport and is part of the Tees Valley Inclusion Schools Network events which happen throughout the year, organised by Emma Turnbull , the YST Inclusion School lead at Northfield School. Lis Greenwell, TVS School Sport Project Officer, said ‘We put this event on to give the children across the Tees Valley, the opportunity to get on the water, try something they would never normally try and experience something new. Having the opportunity to compete, but in a friendly, fun, festival style way, is very important for all children, especially when being challenged. We thank MFC Foundation, BT and the National Lottery for sponsoring this event and making this event possible, together we are helping the children create memories they will cherish forever’.
Posted on 6th March 2018