Sport Stackers Show Self-Belief, Determination and Teamwork

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Cup stacking, an individual or team activity, in which children stack and unstack cups through a variety of fun relay races and challenges made its mark on over 130 Key Stage 2 children at Melbourn Village College.

Jointly hosted by the South Cambs Sports Partnership and Di Baker – of Speed Stacks UK – 10 primary schools attended the festival with Sports Leaders from Melbourn Village College leading the different activities.

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During the morning session, groups of 10 – 12 children from Swavesey, Barton, The Meadow, Trumpington Park, Fen Drayton and Foxton took to the sports hall to take part in 7 different dynamic activities that served to promote both hand-eye coordination and motor skills whilst fostering teamwork and healthy competition. After lunch, a further 4 schools arrived with equally enthusiastic children; Melbourn, Willingham, Bassingbourn and Linton Heights. Whilst the ‘Caterpillar Relay’, the ‘Pyramid to 6’ and the ‘Stack and Back Relay’ all proved to be popular, the hands down favourite was the ‘3-3’ timed stack!

Despite initially feeling a little ‘overwhelmed’, ‘nervous’, ‘scared’, by the end of both the morning and afternoon sessions, the children left with smiles on their faces having thoroughly enjoyed the different activities that had been on offer. One pupil from Melbourn left saying, ‘this has been amazing!’ another stated how they had ‘loved all of the activities’ and ‘can we do it again?’. 

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As well as enthusiastically leading the activities, the Sports leaders from Melbourn Village College actively encouraged the children and awarded stickers to those seen to be demonstrating the School Games values of Teamwork, Determination and Self-Belief. Alongside individual stickers, the Sports Leaders nominated schools for their collective participation over the course of the day. Fen Drayton showed, ‘great enthusiasm and determination in every activity with all team members contributing their best efforts’, Barton were noted for, ‘showing good communication across all the activities,’ Melbourn were ‘consistently supportive of each other’, and Bassingbourn ‘worked extremely well together, encouraged others in their team and showed great determination.’

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