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The return of inter-school sports fixtures and competitive playing has helped students settle back into a more normal school life, says the headteacher of Kingsbury Green Academy in Calne.

Resized Kingsbury Green Academy cross country 1Since the UK first went into lockdown in March 2020, students around the country have had to adjust to new ways of learning, including home schooling, working in bubbles and social distancing within school buildings and playgrounds. But Kingsbury Green Academy headteacher Jason Tudor says that students didn’t only miss working together on academic and practical subjects.

“A lot of students are also involved in all sorts of sports, and they found they desperately missed competitive playing and being part of a sports team,” says Mr Tudor.

Resized Kingsbury Green Academy cross country 2“There are the obvious benefits to games and sports, such as improving physical fitness, stamina and agility and protecting against illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, but there are other advantages too.

“The mental health of the nation, including young people, has taken a knock during the pandemic, but my colleagues and I have seen how in just one school term that can be turned around. The combination of pushing themselves physically, playing an integral part in a team, and pitting their strength and wits against other students from within and beyond their school is helping them readjust to the school setting. It’s also giving them self-confidence and self-belief, which we know is very important in shaping healthy, productive young adults. We are all hoping that we will be able to continue safe competitive sports into 2022.”Resized Kingsbury Green Academy rugby team glad to be playing fixtures again 1