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Junior X Sport: Unity in Pensby to raise sporting standards.

THE PENSBY school sport co-ordinator partnership officially started in September with 30 primary and six high schools from Deeside and Wallasey signing up to the scheme.

The aim is to raise standards in PE and school sport, and to ensure that all pupils take part in a minimum of two hours of high quality physical activity each week, within and beyond school.

To help achieve this a qualified PE teacher from each partner secondary school, acting as a school sport coordinator, is being released from teaching for two-and-a-half days a week to help support other schools.

Dan Keefe, partnership development manager, said: ``The programme has been running for about three years, and has made people look completely differently at the way PE and school sport is delivered.

``By working together, we hope to share good practice and raise the profile of PE and school sport.

``Particularly in terms of highlighting the whole school benefits that participation in sport can bring such as better behaviour, improved concentration, self esteem and higher attainment. '' The new co-ordinators at Pensby are currently in the process of running a host of ``Talk about your Sport'' promotional assemblies in local primary schools.

They are also helping the schools to conduct an audit of existing provision.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2004
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