Step Up & Play

Step Up & Play Project

Step up and Play is a project being delivered by four schools in Central Barrow-in-Furness, working together outside school time, with the support of Furness Education & Skills Partnership.

Steve Herbert, Headteacher at St. George’s and the initiative's organizer, emphasizes the importance of supporting children's involvement in sports clubs.

Step Up & Play

 

Barrow’s central schools collaborate with local sports clubs to enhance participation among primary school children. Supported by Furness Education and Skills Partnership, the ‘Step up and Play’ project facilitates transportation and escorts for children attending sports clubs. St. George’s, Greengate Junior School, Ramsden Infants, and Sacred Heart actively participate in the initiative, aiming to ensure equal opportunities for 4-11-year-olds to engage in local sports.

What is the project trying to do?

 

The project makes sure that children aged 4-11 in Central Barrow get as many chances as everyone else to join a local sports club if they wish. It does this by enabling children to attend training, practices and competitions.

How will it help?

 

Schools involved provide transport and escorts to the different sports clubs; picking the children up and dropping them off. Staff keep an eye on the children, then bring them home.

The project provides the link with clubs and makes sure they have the correctly qualified people, keep children safe etc.

The project provides transport and escorts for children, fostering their long-term physical and mental well-being through participation in clubs

Feedback from Parents, Children & Coaches

It has been an amazing club, I would like to do canoeing again as I loved it and had fun

Project Participant

The Benefits

Steve Herbert, Headteacher at St. George’s and the initiative’s organizer, emphasizes the importance of supporting children’s involvement in sports clubs. The project provides transport and escorts for children, fostering their long-term physical and mental well-being through participation in clubs. Beyond team sports, Duddon Canoe Club has welcomed ten and eleven-year-olds, showcasing the project’s diverse offerings.

Steve highlights the broader benefits, including the development of life skills such as teamwork and resilience. The initiative strives to contribute to children’s overall health, decision-making abilities, and sense of belonging to a local club.

Andrew Shipley, Chairman of Barrow Celtic, commends the initiative, noting its positive impact on children’s introduction to team sports.  The collaboration benefits both the children and the clubs, creating a mutually beneficial dynamic.

This term, the schools are expanding their partnerships with Hoops Basketball, local Hockey provider Katy Costa, Hindpool for cricket, and exploring more rugby league opportunities. Sacred Heart Headteacher Simone Beech envisions every Central Barrow child, regardless of background, having access to local clubs for lasting health and well-being benefits.

Step Up & Play

As a family we have enjoyed the girls becoming part of a local team, they have grown up a lot more and enjoy being outdoors

Parent Feedback