Sport in School 
 
We are proud to say that coaching, provided by experienced coaches within the offical school hours, is provided  
free of charge to all pupils at our school  
(excluding swimming) 
After school coaching is 50p per child for a 1hour session. 
 
As a school Newtownhamilton Primary is very conscious of the need for sports to be an integral part of the school curriculum. Whilst we are a relatively small school we have excellent sporting facilities and we endeavour to offer our pupils as many sporting opportunities as we can manage. Sport is becoming an important part of an individual's lifestyle and assists in helping children to grow up fit and healthy and to be able to cope better with the rigours of modern living. Sport also promotes healthy competition and provides opportunities for team work. The school endeavours to include all its pupils in sport and encourages everyone to join in at whatever level of skill they have. Our Sports programme is developing all the time but at present we offer our pupils the following - 
 

Healthy Kidz  
Healthy Kidz is a new innovative primary health and activity programme for primary school kids in Northern Ireland.  
 
The vision of Healthy Kidz is to get every child active, fit and healthy by giving them an opportunity to take part in a four-strand programme and develop a love for activity and movement which will lead to a lifetime of good habits. More importantly they want all the children to understand the full benefits of being active, not just physically, but mentally. Proven studies show that more physical activity correlates with increased test scores, increased homework completion, better behaviour and better focus and concentration in class. 
 
 
 
The programme has four strands, is all inclusive and every child takes part at their own level: 
 
1. Coach led physical activity lessons  
In - School for 28 weeks 
2. Golden Mile Athletic Challenge 
3. The Healthy Kidz After Schools Programme (every Monday) 
4. The Healthy Kidz App 
 
 
The four strands contained in this programme make it the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK. 
This is a fantastic opportunity for our children and as a school we are delighted to be investing in the programme. 
All our children from Reception - P7 take part, so make sure PE kits are brought into school each Monday and go home each Friday for washing.  
The Healthy Kidz After Schools will be delivered every Monday, for those who can attend, but the main Healthy Kidz Programme will take place during class time every Wednesday. 
 
The programme will be overseen by Paul Carvill but led by Chris Chambers (CC Coaching), Chris has already been coaching in our school for a number of years now. 
 
If you have any questions about the Programme please contact me. 
 
Soccer with CC Coaching (Healthy Kidz) 
 
The school has long been involved in the promotion of soccer. Each year we host our own 5-A-Side Football Tournament in June and invite a number of local primary schools to take part. The emphasis is on participation although there is usually good healthy competition between the teams. Both boys and girls take part. Football coaching for pupils has been a part of our programme for the past few years with Extended Schools providing the funding to bring in qualified coaches. Chris Chambers (Healthy Kidz) takes after school classes for P1-P7 every Monday afternoon. 
A number of pupils also attend coaching sessions with the youth section of Tullyvallen Rangers FC and Markethill Swifts FC. 
 
Hockey with CR Coaching 
 
Christine Russell has been providing hockey coaching for our pupils for many years now. Christine is a regular visitor every Friday morning and works throughout the year with P1-P7. The P6/7 class take part in the following tournaments each year:  
 
Armagh Hockey Club Tournament - Ardmore Centre Armagh 
Kingsmills Hockey Tournament 
 
Sports Day 
 
The highlight of the athletics year is the school sports day. Preparation time for this is provided through the Healthy Kidz Programme during P.E. sessions. Sports day is a mixture of fun races and more competitive events to suit all ages of pupils and takes part every year during the month of June. Parents are welcome to attend all of our events, light refreshments are provided. 
 
Swimming 
Pupils in Years 5, 6 & 7 take part in the school's swimming programme. Pupils are taught to swim by trained instructors at the Orchard Leisure Centre Pool in Armagh. This gives our pupils an excellent chance of learning an important skill which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Certificates are awarded at the end of the block of lessons each year. (Swimming costs are only partially covered by the school) 
Anyone wishing to help with sport in school, assist with coaching, provide transport for teams to visit other schools or help with supevision should contact the Principal. Your assistance would be much appreciated. (Vetting procedures will apply). 
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