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Holywell High School's 5x60 initiative earns School of the Month award from Sports Council for Wales

A FLINTSHIRE high school has been rewarded for its efforts to get young people fit and active.

The Sports Council for Wales has awarded Holywell High School the School of the Month award for November, an accolade handed out by the Sports Council’s 5x60 scheme.

More than half the school’s pupils have signed up to clubs supporting the initiative, which sees them aiming to complete 60 minutes of exercise, five times a week.

The scheme is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and run locally by Flintshire County Council.

Activities on offer for pupils include cheerleading, swimming and golf, with dodgeball and street dance proving the biggest hits.

Bethan Roberts, the school’s 5x60 officer, said: “The 5x60 timetable offers a wide range of clubs, with eight during the school day and two at the weekend.

“We have established a strong partnership between the school and local leisure centre.”

Jeff Collins, assistant headteacher of Holywell High School, said: “The 5x60 programme and the work of Bethan have made an invaluable contribution to the extra-curricular physical activity timetable in the school.

“I know our pupils have enjoyed participating and their confidence and ability has been greatly enhanced.”

Danielle Gabriel, Year 12 cheerleading and street dance volunteer coach, said: “Since the 5x60 programme has been running at Holywell High School, the variety of clubs has improved and there have been more competitions for the school to get involved in.

“The thing I like best about the 5x60 programme is when I coach the children. I have so much fun and I love seeing the end result of the hard work when I take them to competitions.”

Year 9 pupil Hannah Neale is a regular at street dance club.

She said: “I think it’s great the after school clubs are doing so well. Personally I love the street dance, it’s my favourite. I enjoy competing in the competitions and winning!”

Sports Council for Wales chairman Philip Carling said: “One of the winning formulas behind 5x60 is that pupils can take part in physical activity during lunchtimes and after school.

“Success stories such as at Holywell High School lay the foundations for the Sports Council for Wales’ long-term objective to ensure as many of these youngsters as possible go on to live healthy adult lives.”

For more details about the 5x60 initiative, visit www.5x60.org.uk.

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