Dedicated Mandy voted top school sports teacher

Mandy Trevett is pictured front centre
Mandy Trevett is pictured front centre

PARKLAND Junior School PE teacher Mandy Trevett has been voted the Sports Teacher of the Year for Eastbourne and Hailsham.

Around 100 schools throughout Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Uckfield and Lewes put forward nominations and Mandy came out top after being voted for by her peers.

The Year 5 teacher has overseen Parkland Junior School’s sporting achievements.

r In inter-school competitions the boys football team got through to the final of the Collings Cup.

r The netball team were Eastbourne Schools Champions, South Downs Runner Up and Sussex Finalists.

r In the Eastbourne Schools Cross Country event Parkland finished third with 19 of the team later selected to represent Eastbourne in the county championship.

r Parkland also took part in the Eastbourne Schools Swimming Gala for the very first time with the girls team third and the team fifth overall.

r The Year 4 Tennis team was crowned South Downs Champions and took third place in the Sussex Finals.

r Parkland Junior is also the current Eastbourne Schools Athletics champions with a number of the squad excelling in their individual events

r The girls football team are currently champions of Eastbourne Schools, East and West Sussex, South East England and national finalists.

Richard Ellis, from the Academy, who oversaw the presentation, said, “This is a very well-deserved reward and due testament to her dedication and commitment to the children at Parkland Junior School.

“Not only has Mandy carried out the role energetically, she has given that extra time and commitment to try to get Parkland Junior represented as often as possible in inter school competition.

“The students were out in competition 27 times - that’s 27 risk assessments, 27 letters home to parents, 27 periods of stress and potential harassment.

“The students had been trained hard and took part in most festivals with successful outcomes.

“The highlight was the girls football team which progressed though cluster, partnership, county, regionals and made the national finals played at the Watford training facility. These students will never forget these experiences and those memories are totally due to the drive and professionalism of one person.”

Mandy said, “It is lovely to be recognised for doing something I greatly enjoy. I have been very fortunate to work with wonderful children at Parkland, over many years, who are not only incredibly talented but have also brought great fun to each session, irrespective of the sport. There are a great many of us doing exactly the same job in Eastbourne schools.

“PE in this area has become a real strength - this award is really for all of those volunteering to run school sport, particularly the school sports co-ordinators from local secondary schools who have enabled our pupils to participate in so many memorable inter-school events. They will be greatly missed now that their role has gone.”