We were delighted that Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport, arrived last Thursday, 3 October, as guest of honour to open ‘Tower Road Track and Outdoor Sport and Fitness Facilities’ The children, staff and governors gave a very ‘warm and sporty’ welcome to the Sports Minister and other special guests including Mark Simmonds MP.
The impressed Government minister said: “If you’re a school or head teacher or governor and asking how to make this happen, get down here and find out how this school has done. What is happening here today, at Tower Road Academy, is an absolutely ‘blue print …I was told it was going to be good but I did not realise how good it was going to be...and if this school can do it, then every school can do it!
Mark Simmonds told reporters, ‘this is a school that’s done this really well, come and see short of the impossible’. I have been absolutely blown away by what I have seen here.”
As we took Hugh Robertson on a ‘sports walk’ around the school he was very complementary and impressed with the very positive approach taken by the staff and parental support in providing such a high quality sporting provision as part of our on-going London Olympic 2012 Legacy.
When asked by the BBC Radio Lincolnshire reporter what the Government was doing about the obesity problem, such as 17% of youngsters in Boston the Minister replied, “turn around and look behind me is the answer… and this school has taken the money that it got out of its £150m for its School Sports Premium and made sports a priority and makes sure every single pupil in this school does sport and that will do more for obesity than anything else…if every other Primary School followed the example of what I have witnessed this morning then the obesity problem would reduce very rapidly indeed
Finally, as the very proud Headteacher of Tower Road Academy I would like to add my special thanks to all the sporty staff and governors, for all their extra time, commitment and their fantastic enthusiasm which they willingly give to ensure Tower Road pupils receive the very best opportunities within outstanding facilities!
Thank you for your continued support – D. G Loyd, Headteacher