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On your marks, it's School Report Sports Day

School Reporters at Lurgan Junior High School's sports day
Trackside at Lurgan Junior High School's sports day in Co Amagh

During the first week of July, sport was everywhere, from the football World Cup and tennis at Wimbledon to school sports days across the UK.

Young sports journalists were in on the action, reporting from a variety of locations, including South Africa and Wembley, as part of the BBC's reporting initiative for 11 to 14-year-olds.

BBC News School Report encourages students to make and broadcast the news for real, and School Report Sports Day, on 1 July, was an opportunity for young people to showcase their work in a particular field and the culmination of a month of sport-reporting taking place in over 70 schools.


Students at several schools interviewed sporting celebrities. In Cheshire, pupils questioned cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, while in Birmingham, at the European Athletics Trials and UK Championships, veteran athletes Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis, were asked if they would ever return to the track.

Prompted by young sports journalists in Liverpool, runner Jason Gardner, an ambassador for Youth Sport Trust, recounted his playground sporting successes.

Many schools covered their own sports days, including pupils in County Armagh, who christened their own Outside Broadcast trailer when they streamed footage of track and field competitions onto the school website, enabling parents to watch remotely.

Learners from Nigeria at the Ellis Park stadium, Johannesburg.
Learners from Nigeria commenting from the Ellis Park stadium, Joburg.

World Cup fever

Pupils in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria compiled on-the-spot World Cup match reports, while students in Sheffield spoke to the official team mascots.

The football tournament proved popular in UK classrooms, with soccer-themed non-uniform days and form groups following a particular nation throughout the qualifying rounds.

But what happens when there's tension between your tutor group's team and the side you are supporting outside the classroom? Students in a school, near Blackpool, investigated.

While Capello's side flew home after their defeat in South Africa, the England women's football team are still in the qualifying stages for the women's World Cup. During an awards ceremony at Wembley, they were asked by School Reporters to comment on the difference between the men's and the women's game.

And the "beautiful game" inspired creativity both on and off the pitch. In Lancashire, a teen trombonist used his musical skills to record a World Cup-themed jingle with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra.

Wacky and weird

While many schools reported on conventional sports, others investigated the unusual. In Rutland, students took the initiative to cover the UK Wind Surfing Championships and in Warrington, students ask, what is zorbing?

School Reporters explore a sport you are unlikely to find on the PE curriculum



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