Great teamwork on display at annual fundraiser

All the pupils at Alderley Edge Community Primary School took part in an annual bale race to help raise money for sports facilities.

The children tackled the bales course set out on the school field to earn sponsorship money from family, friends or indeed anyone else they could persuade to sponsor them.

This year's race on Friday, 15th June, was designed to encourage teamwork, and maximise the fun. The soon to be leaving Year 6 children, who have run this race for the last six years, teamed up with the Reception children, for whom this year's race was their first. They ran the first 5 laps together with Year 6 completing a final 5 laps on their own - all against the clock.

After this the Year 5 children ran with Year 1 class followed by Year 4 with Year 2. Year 3 worked together in pairs, to relay their way around the course, completing 14 laps in total.

All children received a certificate for their achievement, recording the number of laps completed and their personal completion time.

Headteacher Mr Chris Perry said "Everyone knows from experience that a cheering crowd is a huge help in encouraging children to finish so it was fantastic to see so many families and visitors offering their support for this fun event. This is an event that the children look forward to every year and this year was no different.

In previous years, the children have raised over £1,500 for the school through this event.

Mr Perry added "The new format of linking different year groups together worked brilliantly. It was an amazing sight to see the oldest children holding hands with the youngest and supporting them over the first 5 laps of their race. The school, with the support of the PTA, have invested thousands in developing the sporting opportunities for our children. This has seen not only greater participation in sport but even more successes in sports competitions.

"Our next aim is to improve the outdoor facilities for sport. So the boost from the sponsors will really make a difference."

Alderley Edge Community Primary School