Friday 6 July 2007 

Triple Sport Combination A Winner

A multi-skills activity sports day combining three of the biggest sports in Derbyshire has been hailed a success after Linton Primary School hosted what is believed to be the first event of its kind yesterday.

More than 150 children attended the event on Wednesday 4th July as Derbyshire Cricket Board worked together with the Derbyshire Football Association and the Rugby Football Union to aid youngsters with their all-round sporting development.

All three governing bodies were delighted with the success of the day and are keen to repeat such initiatives in the future.

Steve Smith, Partnership Development Manager for South Derbyshire said: “It is fantastic to see three major governing bodies working together to put on multi-skills activities for children of all ability levels and ages.

“This was a great opportunity for the teaching staff at Linton Primary School to see how professional coaches organise and lead sessions.

“This observation can only help the sustainability of such programmes.”

Dave Hartley, Derbyshire Cricket Board Community Coach said: “It was great to see so many children getting actively involved in three different sports and joining in so enthusiastically.

Howard Dytham, Derbyshire Cricket Board Performance Manager added: “Having three such big sports working together is long overdue because the Fundamentals stage of the Long Term Athlete Development Model is all about multi-skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, striking and having fun.

“As governing bodies we mustn’t be too protective of our own sports, instead we must just give kids the ‘buzz’ to stay involved in sport generally.”

It is hoped that similar events can be arranged long into the future and one could be coming to a school near you.

© Derbyshire CCC