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Pupils and staff celebrate winning big in Sports for Schools competition

Orford Primary School are thrilled with the news that they have won the money for their new sports equipment  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Orford Primary School are thrilled with the news that they have won the money for their new sports equipment Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Schools are celebrating after winning big in our Sports for Schools competition.

Youngsters at Orford Primary celebrate  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNYoungsters at Orford Primary celebrate Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

This year’s project was bigger and better than ever, with more than 125 schools across Suffolk and north Essex registering to take part.

The school has lots of plans for the cash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe school has lots of plans for the cash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 25,000 pupils accepted the challenge, collecting 174,293 tokens between them for a chance to win thousands in sports equipment vouchers.

Chilton Primary School are thrilled with the news they have won the money for their sports equipment   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChilton Primary School are thrilled with the news they have won the money for their sports equipment Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Orford Primary School won the first prize of £5,000, Elmsett Church of England VC Primary School claimed the second prize of £3,000 with a third prize of £2,000 going to Chilton Primary School in Stowmarket.

Three cheers at Chilton Primary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThree cheers at Chilton Primary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Another 70 schools across the region will receive a sports pack worth over £60 which will be delivered at the start of the autumn term.

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Linda Scarce, officer manager at Orford Primary School, said: “It means a huge amount to the school – it’s absolutely amazing.

Cildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“It is a vast amount for any small school to receive.

Cildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We have so many plans with what to do with it.”

Cildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCildren at Elmsett Primary School are thrilled with te news tey have won money for their sports equipment Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mrs Scarce said because the school will be able to use the money to pay for sports equipment, it could free up its budget for other projects.

She said: “We ideally would want to put some money into a deposit on a mini bus.

“We have also just started up a forest school and have an area that is in need of equipment.

“The school would like to show how much we appreciate the support we have been given, not only by people in Orford but in the surrounding villages as well.

“Without their support we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

“There is huge excitement among the children.

“They were thrilled and were asking ‘what can we spend it on’.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed.”

Ben Henning, headteacher at Chilton Primary in Stowmarket said the school were currently discussing the ways to use the prize.

He said:“The children were very excited. They came up with about a million ways to spend it in a matter of minutes.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who collected for us.

“We had a lot of people who popped into school with the tickets.

“It is great that we have such local support

“We are very grateful.”


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