In News by Bembridge PC

More than 460 children representing nearly every Island primary school came under starter’s orders at the inaugural PEACH Games.

Launched by the Isle of Wight Council’s Public Health team in collaboration with Premier School Sport Coaching, at The Bay CE School, Lake, Year 5 and 6 children took part in nine sporting activities including boccia, triathlon and handball.

The games celebrated a successful first year for the Partnership Education Attainment and Children’s Health (PEACH) programme, which benefits Island pupils, families and communities.

Councillor Clare Mosdell, Cabinet member for public health, adult social care and housing, said: “The PEACH Games are important to promote physical activity and positive wellbeing, this will in turn encourage young people to have healthier lifestyles with a sensible balance of physical activity and a well-balanced diet.”

Lynda Evans, PEACH education lead and a former Island headteacher, said: “I was so impressed with the way everyone taking part in the games demonstrated its ethos and values.

“A big thankyou to the organisers for their vision and hard work which ensured the first PEACH Games was a success.”

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Congratulations to all the team for a great event. All the children really had fun, took part, and I’m sure felt really special.”

John Poerscout-Edgerton, vice-chair of governors at The Bay CE School, added: “On behalf of the governing board, a huge thank you to everyone who took part in organising and running such a fantastic and successful event.

“It was also great to see so many sports/youth leaders doing a brilliant job with obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment.

“All the children I spoke to said they had thoroughly enjoyed doing the various events. They were all a credit to themselves and their schools.

“I have to say that I really felt heartened to see so many children (and adults) using and enjoying the facilities.”