My year 10 students really enjoyed the Personal Money Management course. I think a lot of this was because of Amy. She developed a really great working relationship with them, pitched the work perfectly at their level, was really calm and always positive. Every Friday morning I was greeted with, "Is Amy in this afternoon?" and really positive responses when I said yes. So, a big thank you for providing the course and a big thank you to Amy for the way she worked with our students.
Steve White, teacher, Oakfields Community College
I just wanted to write and say thank you for our amazing day today. We have all loved Daniel's day as mascot. Without exception, everyone we met was friendly and helpful and made our day a really special one.
Jo Tinkler and family, parent of Boro home mascot
I would like to say thank you to yourself and Helena for making my son's day a very good one. He loved Helena a lot and said that everyone made him feel welcome. Daniel has gone to school this morning telling everyone about it and that he cannot wait for the photographs to arrive!
Jayne Dovaston, parent of Boro home mascot
Feedback on Premier League 4 Sports
Sam Bell started table tennis when the project opened up a satellite club at his school, Ormesby Comprehensive, in 2009. In 2010 Sam won a place at the UK School Games in table tennis and won the gold in his class. Sam was entered as a standing disabled participant. Sam, who has joined the Ormesby Table Tennis Club, has gone on to compete and win other awards in the sport. At the start of the current academic year, with Sam now 17 years and in further education, he is working alongside of Malcolm Muldoon, the disability and diversity coach for the club, and through PL4S funding together they are delivering a series of training events for children in the programmes age range who have Special Educational Needs inclusive of physical disabilities. Sam will attend a UKCC L1 coaching course that is being set up - this is also funded through the programme. Once qualified, he will continue to work as a volunteer demonstrating how the programme can help others achieve the outcomes that have been the result of opportunities given to him.
Alan Cawthorne, Premier League 4 Sports Coordinator
I would just like to thank you and Premier League 4 Sport, for enabling Ormesby Table Tennis Club to deliver programmes to three Special Education needs schools within the Middlesbrough area. This provided an excellent opportunity for many disabled children from the schools to participate in a six-week programme in table tennis. Kings Academy, Priory Woods and Beverly School all took part in the block programme, introducing some children to the sport for the very first time. The first two weeks consisted of fun, bat and ball games, this helped with measuring and assessing coordination skills, then towards the latter end of the programme more advanced strokes on the table were developed, resulting in some fantastic table tennis. My other working role is for ETTA (English Table Tennis Association) as a coach/disability officer, working with disabled athletes throughout the North East. So this programme provided me with a fantastic opportunity not only to assess young disabled people within the six week programme but also to establish links within the schools for continued and future development. Giving me the prospect, once again, to liaise with the schools and monitor progress for the future. From personal evaluation, I felt, throughout the course that each session went well and the common thread from the teachers and guardians, seemed to be that, every participant thoroughly and actively enjoyed the experience.
Malcolm Muldoon, activator/coach, Ormesby Table Tennis Club
Gary Walton has always been punctual and his attendance has been excellent. He has a very good rapport with thee children, who enjoy his lessons and behave well for him. He has good behaviour management strategies which he uses when necessary. Gary has made a very good impression on the class teacher he has worked with, who has described him as "excellent".
Head Teacher, Middlesbrough Primary School
Feedback on PL Kicks…
"My son attended the PL Kicks football session and I would just like to say I think it's great work you and your colleagues are doing for the community. I work in the local primary school and I know how important it is to keep the youngsters off the streets, safe and healthy at the same time."
"My son thinks that Saturday night PL Kicks football sessions is just what our community needs. He has played with others who he doesn't really associate with and had a great time!"
"Well I volunteered for my first session on Saturday and now I see what a great project PL Kicks really is. The members just need someone to give them a chance and there is definitely talent in there, too! I loved it. Also, thanks for arranging a coaching top for me so quick, I have to admit it has been the dream to coach with the club badge on my shirt! So I'll be there every Saturday night now and just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity. When things have settled down with my little one, I would love to get even more involved with it."
Feedback on our staff…
During Mike's time at Berwick Hills he has developed excellent working relationships with staff and pupils alike, and has always shown himself to be reliable, trustworthy and completely committed to improving pupils' health and wellbeing. Mike has a terrific sense of humour and is well-liked by the staff and pupils of Berwick Hills Primary School.
Ms Moore, headteacher, Berwick Hills Primary School