PE and Sport Updates

Summer activities!

Harry and Finley

Huge congratulations to Harry Neale who captained the Doncaster Boys U12 squad at the weekend. Harry has also been a great role model and First Team captain at school all year! Well done Harry!

A big well done to Finley who has finished all of his All Stars cricket sessions and has become a very talented young cricket player! Well done Finley. I hope this will inspire more Balby children to get involved!

Race for Life

Thank you to all the people who donated money on Monday when the children took part in their Race for life. All money goes towards Cancer research.


Summer Activities! 

Attached is a picture of the summer activities available to you in the Balby area! Do your best to get your children involved in these brilliant opportunities!

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9.7.18 – More success!

KS2 Sports Day – A huge thank you to the parents that came to support our annual KS2 Sports Day last month. It was a another successful day with all the children enjoying the chance to compete on World Class facilities. A big well done to team Rocket for winning! This concluded three very successful and competitive Sports Days hosted by our school.

Active Travel Award – Balby Central has been recognised for our commitment to promoting active travel in the Balby area. We have tried to push active travel as much as possible over the past year, working particularly closely with Tom Collister from PWLC. Many thanks goes to Tom for all his help and a big thank you to Eli Thirlwell who collected the award on our behalf. She has been fully committed to staying active on her journey to school all year!

Doncaster Boys – A huge congratulations to the boys who trialled for the Doncaster Boys regional squad in the past two weeks. 5 out of our 7 boys have made it to the next stage in the trials. A fantastic achievement boys, well done!


Y5 Swimming – please can children bring long trousers (joggers or pyjama bottoms) and t shirt to swimming the week, as well as their normal trunks / costume. This week the children will be learning survival skills. 

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12.6.18 – An excellent week enjoyed by all!

It has been a busy start to the last summer term here at Balby Central! We would like to thank all parents and carers for their support at all the events. Here’s some of the highlights:

5.6.18 – KS1 Sports Day

A fantastic day for all the children involved. They all had the chance to participate in every event at a great venue! Thanks to all the parents that came to support the children and the athletics club.

6.6.18 – Rose Trust Sports Day

Balby Central played host to the first ever Rose Trust Sports Day held again at Doncaster Athletics Club. Thank you to Richmond Hill, Hatchell Wood and Woodfield for attending. There was a very high standard of Athletics on show and most importantly, a very friendly atmosphere amongst all children. Well done to Richmond Hill for winning the Y5/6 competition and our Balby Central Y3/4 team for bringing home the cup!

7.6.18 – Tag Rugby at Wakefield Trinity

Eight Y4 boys took part in their first ever tag rugby tournament and won all three games, playing on the first team pitch! They then had a fantastic opportunity to wave flags before kick off for the professional game! The boys represented school brilliantly live on Sky Sports! Well done!

10.6.18 – Wildcats tournament

Our Y5/6 girls footballers played in a very tough tournament this Sunday against strong Academy sides. Well done to our goal scorer Millie. There is lots still to learn however the girls showed great resilience and determination to continue! The tournament has only been made possible by our new Wildcats programme and close work with Hyde Park Knights FC.

Other news – a big well done to Finley Briggs in Y1 who is making the most of the All Stars cricket programme at Doncaster CC. Looking great in your new kit Finley!

A date for the diary – KS2 Sports Day – 25th June – Get your tickets now!

Many thanks for your continued support!

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23.5.18 – Great end to the half term

Dear all,

It has been a fantastic two weeks to finish the half term. Here’s an update on what has been going on and on what is to look forward too!

Y6 visit the New York Stadium – Italy U17 took on Belgium U17 in the European championships … and we were there! The 30 children were rewarded not only for their efforts in SATs but in PE throughout the year and for bringing their PE for every lesson. They are great role models for the younger children and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon.

Cross Country – four Y5/6 boys competed in th Doncaster cross-country event on Saturday morning.  They did brilliantly to finish a tough course in very warm conditions! Congratulations to Alfie Nadkar who came 10th place! Great runnng young man!

Y6 play on the pitch – Eight Y6 children played football on the Keepmoat 1st team pitch yesterday in a competition of 40 teams. The day consisted of fun activities and some very competitive football, with our Y6 team doing very well to reach the last 16, coming second in their group. These eight children have behaved brilliantly throughout the school year and always stand out in a PE or sport environment because of their hard work. Well done to all 8 involved! You can be very proud of your achievements!

Upcoming dates

31.5.18 – Dr Bike Workshop in school car park (during half term) 9.30 onwards 

5.6.18 – KS 1 Sports Day (Keepmoat Stadium) All children in Y1 and Y2

5.6.18 – Dr Bike workshop – bring your child’s bikes to school for a free maintenance check.

6.6.18 – Rose Trust Sports Day (Keepmoat Stadium) invitation only

7.6.18 – Tag Rugby League tournament (Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club) 5.30 – 8 (invitation only)

25.6.18 – KS 2 Sports Day ( Keepmoat Stadium) All children in Y3 – Y6


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8.5.18 – Tour de Yorkshire finish!

Amongst all the excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire finish in Doncaster on Thursday, two Balby Central children, Alathea Rickwood and Riley Cougill, took part in a school 400m time trial cycling race on the Tour de Yorkshire finish line. Racing at number 7 and 8, they both pushed nerves to one side and set great times for the Other 54 children to beat! Alathea came just 3 seconds off third place!

I watched alongside their parents with great pride as they represented the school brilliantly as we knew they would! This was a great opportunity which we hope to provide for hardworking children in years to come! Well done Alathea and Riley, you should be very proud!

Here’s some acton photos and videos!



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30.04.2018-Another exciting week!

It was a jam packed week last week at Balby Central! Here’s an overview of what’s been going on.

The Big Pedal – thank you to all children who have been cycling and scooting to school. Our record is 15 bikes and 16 scooters in one Day! Let’s see if we can beat that this week!

Cycling skills session – 11 children took part in a fun cycling session with Tom our cycling instructor. The children showed off some brilliant skills and had a great attitude!

SSE Wildcats Football – 20 girls attended our first ever SSE Wildcats Girls Football session on Wednesday! The standard of Football was brilliant in the older girls’ session, with the younger children taking part in a really actitivities with Doncaster Rovers coaches! There are still places available if your child would like to join!

All Stars cricket – Y2 took part in a taster All Stars cricket session with Dean, a Yorkshe cricket coach! There was some brilliant catching and batting skills on show! All Stars cricket starts on Friday 11th May 2018, at Doncaster CC. Sign up here:

Northern Ballet Workshop – Reception children took part in ballet workshops on Thursday morning with a professional ballet instructor. They listened really carefully and tried out lots of fun and new ballet techniques. They may one day follow in the footsteps of our KS2 children who have been scouted for the Northern Ballet.

Climbing wall – we hope KS2 children will enjoy using our new climbing wall!

Active 15 – our Active 15 sessions are up and running and proving very successful! Each afternoon children take part in physical activity for 15 minutes. This is to help children achieve their 30 minutes of physical activity in the school day! The current theme is Athletic events!

Fitness Bands –  we have recently launched the our step count competition. KS2 classes are taking it in turns to wear fitnes bands and record their step count across four days. The competition is proving very popular and children have responded well by engaging in lots on physical activity during dinner time, play time and active 15!

A great week with some great opportunities for the children! Please keep signing up for the Wildcats and All Stars programmes!

Also for your information:

KS1 Sports Day – Tuesday 5th June 2018, 9.30 am – 1pm at The Keepmoat Stadium

KS2 Sports Day – Monday 25th June 2018, 9.30am – 2.30 pm at The Keepmoat Stadium

Many thanks,

Mr Wilson and Mrs Hodgson






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23.04.2018 – The Big Pedal!!

Dear Parents / Carers.

Your children might have been pestering you to use their bike or scooter to get to school this morning! This is because we have entered a national school competition, The Big Pedal, which promotes active travel to school. In order to win we need to get as many bikes and scooters to school as possible and encourage our children to travel in an active way t0 school to promote a healthy lifestyle! If we were to win as a school, we will win some great prizes! It was great to see 15 bikes and 11 scooters this morning on our bike racks! If you have signed your child up for tomorrow’s cycling skills sessions by signing  form with myself, please send your children with a helmet so they can take part in the fun! Below is a link to a flyer for the project Get Balby Moving, promoting some great opportunities to get active in the local area this summer!

Get Balby Moving – Community flyer April 2018

Currently 21 girls have signed up for the SSE Wildcats Girls Football session with places still available! We are looking forward to the first session on Wednesday at 3.30 as part of the FA’s Girls Football Week!

Many thanks,

Mr Wilson

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Cricket, cycling and plenty more!!!!

Good morning Parents / Carers.

Despite the damp weather it has been a great start to the Summer term for PE at Balby Central! We thought we would share with you some more great opportunities coming up in and outside school!

Please click this link below to view all our extra-curricular sporting opportunities in the summer term.

Extra curricular summer term PDF

Wildcats Girls Football!

STARTS ON 25th April 2018 (next Wednesday) 3.30 – 4.30 at Balby Central Primary. My apologies that the letter had a misprint. We hope you have had the chance to sign your child up to the sessions starting next week!

All Stars Cricket

Yorkshire cricket coach Dean delivered a fantastic assembly and taster session for Y1 on Thursday, with the children doing a brilliant job of showing of their fielding and batting skills. All Stars cricket is a fantastic opportunity for children experience cricket from a young age (5-8). Doncaster Town CC are delivering these sessions starting on 11th May. Sign up now to get your child’s fantastic free kit and get them involved in a great sport!

Doncaster Town CC – All Stars Poster

Cycling Skills Session

Next Tuesday morning we are hosting another Bike Skills session for children in Years 3-6. It is another great opportunity to learn new cycling skills! If your child has a working bike and a helmet then sign them up for next Tuesday’s session with Tom! It will be a great experience! Letters will be out soon!

Playground Cycle Skills letter 24th April PDF

If there are any questions, please see me at school.


Mr Wilson


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A fantastic opportunity for girls! – SSE Wildcats Football!

We have successfully become an SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centre! This is a national scheme to help promote participation in girls football! On the back of brilliant sessions with Miss Wales, we are now working closely with Hyde Park Knights FC to promote the girls game. All girls aged 5-11 will receive a letter today at school with an attached consent form. Please return this ASAP to the office and sign up to the club on Parentpay, as for all afterschool clubs.

Sessions start on the 25th April, afterschool 3.30-4.30. Please see our dedicated webpage for the Wildcats programme.


This is a rare and great opportunity to get girls involved in sport! We are really excited to see the girls get involved! Please also give the report below  a read of our recent visit to Northern ballet where children performed brilliantly!

Northern Ballet sharing day

Thanks, Mrs Hodgson and Mr Wilson


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23.3.18 – Northern Ballet is just one reason to celebrate!

It has been a fantastic week for sport at Balby Central!

15 children were spotted as part of a project we were involved in through Northern Ballet in Leeds. The children shared what they had learnt in the sessions with their families and had a tour of the building. The girls and boys then had a surprise from the professional dancers at the company who performed a piece from Swan Lake. The children did the school proud and showed determination, passion and enthusiasm. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work. You were amazing!

To top of a busy Thursday, our Boys A team brought the cup home, winning their tense final against Woodfield 1-0, with Carlos scoring the winner! Man of the match went to Josh for a solid all round performance! Well done boys! You thoroughly deserved the win and have become fantastic role models for the school!

Pictures and highlights to follow. We hope your children enjoy celebrating Sports Relief today and that you all have a restful Easter holiday!

Mrs Hodgson and Mr Wilson



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