Copley Junior School

Sports Council

All children have opportunity each year to become a democratically elected Sports Councillor for their class. Children are asked if they are:

  • Enthusiastic about sport
  • Interested in developing sport and P.E. in school
  • Full of good ideas
  • A good role model for sporting behaviour

If the answer to all four statements above is ‘yes,’ then children may stand for the class vote. Each class votes for two children to be their sports councillors for the year.

The Work of the Sports Council


Intra-School Cross Country Tournament

The children in our Sports Council decided to organise our own intra-school Cross Country Tournament, as we were unable to take part in our usual Doncaster Schools' Tournament because of COVID-19 restrictions. Our Year 6 Sports Councillors chose the trophy that will be presented to the winning House.

Our tournament involved every child in school competing for their House, with children in Years 3 and 4 undertaking a one mile course in the school grounds and children in Years 5 and 6 completing a 1.5 mile course. The total distance covered, by totalling the distance completed by each child, equals 265 miles (equivalent to one person running to Exeter or Stirling in Scotland)!

Featured below are our medal winners in Years 3-6. The 2020 Intra-School Cross Country Tournament results were as follows:

1st - Darwin House

2nd - Hawking House

3rd - Einstein and Hodgkin House

I wonder which House will win our next intra-school sports competition? Good luck, everyone!

Intra-School Mat Ball Tournament

During the second half of the autumn half term, the School Council organised an intra-school Mat Ball Tournament and Year 6 Sports Councillors chose a new trophy to present to the winning House. This was hotly contested, with each House winning at least one game in the rounds.

Well done to our 2020 Mat Ball Champions - Hodgkin House

Hodgkin House leaders with the new trophy chosen by the Sports Councillors. This has green ribbons tied on the trophy ready to display in our trophy cabinet.

Choosing Extra-Curricular Activities

The Sports Council consults with children in every class in order to support the school to offer the extra-curricular activities that the children wish to attend.

The Sports Council are always keen to ensure that at least one club offered each day is active and that a wide variety of active clubs are offered across the year: 

During 2019-2020 our extra-curricular programme ran for the autumn and spring terms only, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the two terms of 2019-2020, 19 extra-curricular clubs were organised, including Multi-Sport, Cooking, Sand Art, Music, Lego, Create Club, Football, Gymnastics, Aromatherapy, Street Dance, Cre8tive Textiles, Archery, Scotty's Heroes Y3/4, Scotty's Heroes Y5/6 (military missions and exercises!), Y6 Study Club, Multi-Skills, Choir, Homework Club and Book Club.

During 2018-2019, 22 extra-curricular clubs were organised, including Football, Lego, Create Club, Cooking, Craft, Gymnastics, Magic, Aromatherapy, CREST Science, Street Dance, Archery, Scotty's Heroes Y3/4, Scotty's Heroes Y5/6 (military missions and exercises!), Basketball, Y6 Study Club, First Aid, Yoga, Choir, Homework, Multi Skills, Cross Country and Cricket During 2018-2019 an amazing 735 club places were filled (202 children in school), involving 95% of all pupils.

The Sports Council consulted with children about a holiday club, Scotty's Heroes Military Fitness Club, and this has been very popular!

Sporty Week 2018

Every two years, in the week of Sports Relief, we organise a sporty week. Our aim is to provide some additional sporting experiences for the children in order to promote joining in and enjoying sport. During our last Sporty Week each class had chance to take part in the following:
Street Dance
French Skipping and Playground Games

Military Exercises
Sponsored Playground Circuits

Our Sporty Week was also held in remembrance of Mr Siddall, our sports higher level teaching assistant, who did so much to encourage the children’s enjoyment of and engagement in P.E. and Games. The money raised from our sponsored playground circuits was donated to the Eve Merton Trust, a local charity that grants wishes for people living with cancer, and our fundraising was also used to buy more playtime equipment to keep children active at break times.

Click on the first photograph below to view our gallery of photos from the week.

Outdoor Activity Trail

The Sports Council was consulted about the upgrade of our outdoor activity trail and what new equipment we would like to have.

Intra-School Multi-Skills Competition 2019

We worked with Miss Hull to plan and organise our third annual intra-school Multi Skills Competition. Children practised their skills over a number of weeks, recorded their scores and were very keen to improve their personal performances. The final results were announced and certificates presented in our Achievement Assembly for the highest scoring girl and boy, the most improved boy and girl and highest scores for each event.


New Playtime Equipment

We used some of the sports funding given to the school and some of the money from our fund raising during Sporty Week to buy new playtime equipment (bats, balls, skipping ropes, footballs, hula hoops, soft rugby balls etc.) help children to be fit and active at playtime.

Playtime Organisation

The School Council helped Miss Havercroft as we reviewed playtime organisation. We decided to introduce different playground zones over a two week cycle so that all children have the space they need to play different games. Our zones include space for: skipping ropes/music; hard bats and balls; large balls; football; free play; reading and colouring; hula hoops/pompoms and music; scoops and balls; rugby balls; reading and board games. We then surveyed children to see what impact our playtime zones have had. We found that children felt that the new playtime organisation and equipment had improved break times and had enabled children to be more active too!

School Games Award Success

Our Sports Council and Playground Leaders' work to develop P.E. and games, together with the tournaments we have competed in, resulted in Copley Junior achieving the Bronze School Games Award in 2017 and we were reaccredited with the award in July 2019. We are close to achieving Silver so, with a few development steps in mind, this is our aim for the next academic year.

In Memory of Mr Siddall

The Sports Council helped to organise events in memory of Mr Siddall.


The Siddall Sports Trophy

We decided we should have a trophy in Mr Siddall's memory. The 'Lewis Siddall Sports Trophy' is awarded each year in July to a child in school who has shown exceptional enthusiasm and participation in P.E. and sport and also demonstrates excellent sporting behaviour. Good luck to everyone in school!

                                                                                  Our Siddall Trophy Award Winner 2020

Are You Interested in Joining the Sports Council?

Thinking about applying for the role of Sports Council member next year? Have a look at the application form below so that you can be well prepared!