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School Report Sports Day as it happened

Hundreds of students across the UK - and beyond - reported sport as part of a BBC news-making initiative.

Find out how the day unfolded below and see all the top stories here.

Welsh students get kicks with recycled football
Pupils played a five-a-side match with a football made from plastic shopping bags, newspapers and magazines at a Carmarthenshire school. The enterprising Glan-y-Mor students have also produced a recycled scarf which is heading to the prime minister. 13-year-old Kate, said she had enjoyed helping to make the huge football scarf which was effectively a petition, heading for 10 Downing Street, as part of the 1Goal project which campaigns for education for all. Read the full story.

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy links up with Malaysia pupils
Cycling great, Sir Chris Hoy, found new fans in the homeland of a rival after a live link-up with pupils. The 2008 triple Olympic gold medallist was at Hartford High School in Cheshire when he spoke by video link to students in the Malaysian city of Ipoh. "It was emotional because a girl he spoke to looked touched by it all," said Hartford reporter Daniel, 14. Read the full story.

The match is over
Sport and English go hand in hand
At the Leigh Technology Academy in Dartford, Kent, sport is being used to boost English with the help of a Literacy co-ordinator in the PE department. Portsmouth and England footballer Glen Johnson, an ex student, has his soccer academy based on site, and students covered both academy and school sports days. Teams reported on one another's sporting activities, so as not to not miss their own events. Each group worked to a 1530 deadline to produce a substantial report which was distributed among staff and students. All teams joined forces to produce a final report and a news article for the Dartford Messenger. Teachers Melissa Nyberg and Jake Stone said: "All in all, the students worked really well throughout the project and have shown great professionalism."

Making a sports broadcast
What goes into making a World Cup broadcast? Three students from Boston Spa School in Leeds have been finding out by reporting behind the scenes while the BBC's 21CC "Extra Time" programme filmed at Ewood Park, the ground of Blackburn Rovers FC.

Dedication's what you need
It's not every school that can boast a record-breaking performance going back thirty years. But at Guildford County School in Surrey, School Reporters had a fantastic chance to celebrate a record that smashed the 200m time set in the early eighties. Year 9 have been left in no doubt what they have to do to "be the best".

Girls, goals and games
School Reporters at Guildford County School in Surrey have been investigating girls playing football. The idea came after they found out one of the (girl) footballers at their school had put in a petition to the FA for girls to be allowed to continue playing with boys after the age of eleven. They found an overwhelming majority of pupils agreed that girls should be allowed to keep playing. A few of the boys even admitted that some of the girls are better than them, said teacher Annabel Gibbs.

School speaks to BBC boss about Sports Day
Deputy Director-General the BBC, Mark Byford, writes: "I enjoyed talking to teacher Kate Nisbet and the School Report Sports Day reporting team at St Aidan's Technology College just outside Blackpool. They've been interviewing some of their teachers, who were able to go to watch the tennis at Wimbledon last weekend, about the tournament and their experience. They've also been looking at the arguments for using video technology to assist referees at the World Cup and their twinned school in Cape Town sent them a report on how the World Cup is impacting in South Africa itself. It's been a lot of fun and they've really enjoyed the creative process."

Reporters on the rampage
School reporters at Spen Valley Sports College managed to grab some Bradford Bulls players to interview for their sports day in Liversedge. Teacher Alison Miller said the reporters had been hard at work from 0900 and were so confident after School Report News Day in March, that they were left completely to their own devices, organising everything themselves. She went on to say what a huge success the day had been.

Loud music, an encouragement or distraction?
The roving reporters from Bartley Green School in Birmingham have just returned from their school sports day where they have been vox popping students about what they thought of the day. Laura said: "Sports Day is definitely a tradition. It's like a big sporty party. Everyone gets involved and enjoys the day with their friends. One of the best parts is the loud, pounding music." However, not everyone agrees with Laura's evaluation of the day. Beth argued: "It can be very embarrassing when competing."

1639: A good innings
Charlie, 13, has been focussing on the cricket and looking at England's recent form, as part of his reporting brief this week at Dartmouth Community College. He said he loved gathering information and interviewing people. And the best bit? "It's funny," he said, "We planned all our questions then sometimes found the ones we came up with on-the-spot were loads better!" With form like that, it sounds as if he found the target.

1600: 'Lots of fun'
Students from Halton High School in Runcorn reflect on their involvement in School Report Sports Day. Demi says: "It's been a lot of hard work, but it's been lots of fun." Tyler agrees, saying: "I've really enjoyed today. I got to take part in the last School Report News Day so I've been able to use what I learned last time."

1558: Pupils help send others to school through football
Students from Ysgol Glan Y Môr, in Carmarthenshire, have been persuading their teachers to sign a petition in the shape of a football. The collection of signatures, gathered on 24 June, is part of the 1 Goal campaign, which calls on world leaders to provide education for 72 million children worldwide by 2015. Kate and Alana said: "We are the lucky ones," adding: "We were not surprised that teachers and pupils signed to support the campaign. Throughout the day, they flocked into our signature room to sign the petition. All in all, it was a day to be remembered for success and effort."

1556: Much-needed boost
The School Reporters at Dartmouth Community College in Devon have been busy interviewing pupils and teachers about the emotional fall-out of the World Cup. They found that everyone is cheering up because of Scottish tennis player Andy Murray's success so far at Wimbledon. It is giving everyone just the boost they need, reported teacher Yvette Holden.

1553: Sporting heroes
Students between the ages of nine and 13 at Margaret Beaufort Middle School in Bedfordshire have been helping to create a video entitled "sporting heroes of the future". Although teachers oversaw the project, the students came up with and filmed the video, which included gymnasts and athletes from around the school who have taken their sport to a higher level.

"A good opportunity to celebrate success in the school, both for those participating and those watching," was how teacher Elizabeth Wilkins described the day.

1543: Post-match analysis
Shorefields Technology College in Liverpool have been airing their views on World Cup performances in their Match of the Day style studio. On the sofa, a panel of student pundits have been critiquing passes, shots on goal and fancy footwork.

1540: Rain stops play
School Reporters from Falmouth School in Cornwall were due to report on their school sports day… until the rain came! Lewis, 14, explained how they had to move their sports day to the next day due to the weather. But it didn't stop them reporting. Lewis has been interviewing teachers and pupils about what other activities they are doing as part of the 'Going for Gold' special activity week.

Stacey, 14, said the rain did not stop them doing watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding. "I found reporting really interesting, especially trying to get people's opinions on different subjects but it is harder than you think," she said.

1535: Space hoppers and croquet
No records were broken this year at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in Kent. But they still put on an Olympic show for athletes and spectators alike. School Reporters interviewed pupils on a specially-made podium and an Olympic-style parade kicked off proceedings. And maybe they achieved a different sort of record. Did any other school make spectators play croquet, giant Jenga and bounce around on space hoppers in between the shot put and the long jump?

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1530: Local effects
School Reporters from Stoke Newington School in London have produced a sports bulletin looking at the significance of big world sports events, like the World Cup, for local people. They asked people in east London how excited they are about having the London 2012 Olympics coming to their area, and also investigated whether sports events encourage fitness or encourage people to just sit and watch it on TV.

1525: Watch out!
For Joe, 13, the idea of sports reporting had always been appealing. Now it looks as if the likes of David Bond and Andy Swiss need to watch out. Joe, from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, enjoyed making the sports films so much, he is set on making a career of it. "I'd love to be a sports reporter in the future," he said, "it was brilliant".

1517: Stadium success
Students at Bartley Green school in the West Midlands decamped to Hadley Stadium in Birmingham for their school sports day, and School Reporters were planning to report the stories as they happened, interview the winners, talk to the crowd and film a cheer-leading display. British athlete Chris Smith was joining them to be interviewed about his sporting career - including his next challenge the European Championships.

1452: Going live
Students from the Horizon School in east London have been working with Hackney City Learning Centre to produce their sports report. They are looking forward to seeing them go live online!


1450: International theme
Sports day at St Ursula's Convent School in Greenwich this year has an international flavour, with four teams competing as Australia, Mexico, Ghana and Holland. The modern languages department has been helping with translations and there is a special demonstration of cheerleading.

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1441: Future life
Sulaymaan, 11, from Brentside High School, London, has been commentating on the mini-World Cup tournament his school is hosting. "It's been really, really fantastic, a great experience. I enjoy watching football matches so it has been fun and it's getting me ready for future life," he said.

"You need to be a good talker and to have confidence in yourself," he said, referring to the skills needed to commentate. "You need to know the rules of the game and all the players and the teams."

1424: Film stars
Seven films featuring everything from street dance to archery to martial arts helped pupils at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset show off some of the new skills they had learned as part of their special sports week. Teacher Chris Goulding said the School Reporters learned more in two hours of editing than they usually would have learned in a week. He was so impressed, he said this year's group will have to teach next year's. "They're better than me," he added.

1407: Our own World Cup
Students at Brentside High School in London have been going wild about the World Cup and are holding their own version of the tournament. The reporting team have been busy following the action. Misha, 15, says she's enjoyed doing interviews and videoing football matches. "I'm not really interested in football but videoing it is cool - so I like it."

1402: Sport reporting improves joy of English
At Jack Hunt School in Cambridgeshire the student reporting has been going well. Michael-John, 12, said the project "helped me to enjoy English more".

1357: Olympic inspiration
Motivation doesn't come much better than this. When the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset held their special sports week, none other than Team GB skeleton bobsleigher Donna Creighton turned up to rally everyone along. Donna even joined in with the 450 children who were trying out new sports like Ultimate Frisbee, kayaking and extreme golf. Teacher Chris Goulding said she was "an inspiration".

1355: Starting line
It's all kicking off at Spen Valley Sports College in Liversedge as the five reporters from year 8 prepare to report on their football skills sports day event. 300 pupils from primary schools around the area will be teaming up with students from the secondary school they'll be attending in September.

The reporters have been finding out from the staff just what goes into organising such a massive event, but the real excitement starts this afternoon. Rumours are Huddersfield Town FC and rugby players from the Bradford Bulls may make an appearance, so watch this space...

1350: Tug-of-war
Emmanuel Middle School, Dorset, is holding their whole school sports day today. As well as the usual sports including races, long jump and high jump, students are also competing in a Tug-of-War. The students are interviewing their classmates and making short films of the day. Jacob, 12, is writing up some of the stories and said that it is really fun. He added his favourite sport is the 800 meters as he can run for a long time.

1347: Off air
The School Report Sports Day radio show has finished. If you want to listen again, the programme will be available online soon.

1341: School World Cup and home-grown football stars
At Boston Spa School, watching the World Cup is not enough to cure the students of football fever. Over the last week, they have been running a mini World Cup tournament in which each class represents a different team. The tournament has been organised in tandem with National School Sports Week and has been met with great enthusiasm from the students. When asked about the event, Lucy, 14, said that even though she wasn't usually sporty, she loved the whole process. Darren, also 14, was part of Mexico's team and said he had "enjoyed the teamwork". Boston Spa School have also interviewed a number of their more sporting students, who are playing for football academies such as Doncaster Rovers. The school has also made a trip to Blackburn Rovers' ground, an outing enjoyed by Lewis, 15.

1339: Making a splash
As the England team's hopes came to end in the World Cup, School Reporters from Bodmin College move onto water sports. Gaby Row, one of the top three surfers within the UK, talked to Cory, year 9 of Bodmin College, about his views on the World Cup and Wimbledon. Jack, also a year 9 student from Bodmin College, talked to Holy Hart, ranked the eleventh top swimmer in the UK, about the benefits of attending Bodmin College if you were to ever become a water sport athlete.

1320: Ghanaian hopes
"This will be the first time an African country would get to this stage." Ghanaian School Reporter Herbert explains on BBC School Report Sports Day radio why Ghana's success in the World Cup on Friday would be so significant. Read the full story on the website of the British Council, who are working in partnership with BBC News School Report, though the Connecting Classroom initiative.

1306: Starting the cycle
Daniel and Lydia from Hartford High School have just had "the most amazing experience" doing a one-to-one interview with cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

They asked the Olympic medallist about what triggered him to start cycling and what advice he gives young people who want to compete. And it was much easier than they expected, Lydia said "he was just really lovely, it wasn't like talking to a famous person."

You can hear them on live BBC School Report Sports Day radio found at the top of this page.

1257: Discovering the World through Sport
Students from Huyton Arts & Sports Centre for Learning in Liverpool have been studying the myths & legends, food, culture and tourism of countries participating in the Football World Cup.

They're hosting an exhibition in school today displaying their work. Their discoveries will be shared with students around the world via interactive reports on Skype.

Who got to follow which country was decided in true sporting fashion - via a live draw. Teacher Helen Woods said: "Initially, the students were focused on looking at the football and footballers from their countries but, as the week progressed, they began to ask questions about the culture and differences between our country and their World Cup one."

1243: Football Crazy
Former England defender Chris Powell showed off signed shirts, posed for photos and chatted with students from Bonus Pastor Catholic College at the Lewisham City of Learning Centre in south London. Chris, now a coach at Leicester City, brought in shirts he had swapped with other footballers, including Chelsea star Ashley Cole, Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

Chris even laughed off cheeky suggestions that he might be the new Leicester boss following the departure of Nigel Pearson to Hull City. "They did really well, it was like a normal interview with a journalist," said the former Southend, Charlton and West Ham left-back who was capped five times by his country.

1227: Neck-and-neck
The sun is shining down on Guildford County School as students cheer on the Summer House Athletics. The School Reporters are hard at work as they report on the sporting activities. At the moment school houses Windsor and Hanover are tied in the lead. But will they still be in the lead? Find out next time when we update the scores.

1157: World in Motion
Reports being finalised by Year 7s at Bishop Hedley RC School in Merthyr Tydfil have an international feel with some stories being written in Portuguese as well as English. The school has representatives from a number of migrant communities, some of whom are still learning English, explains teacher Bill Mulry. A focus on the World Cup has also added to the global perspective - with some particularly interesting views from Wales on the fate of the England football team! And with the race on to upload the most up-to-date material onto the school's site, IT experts from Merthyr Tydfil council are lending a helping hand.


1145: 'No goal technology' say women England footballers
This was the surprise revelation for Year 9 reporters India and Grace from Tendring Technology College, Essex, when they interviewed the captain and defender on 29 June. Both players felt strongly that such technology would compromise the game and be an unwelcome intrusion. They also felt women footballers differed from their male counterparts by delighting in the freedom that lack of celebrity gives them, and being free of resentment about pay or skills comparison.

Other Tendring Technology College teams of reporters covered the role of PE at school. They asked questions such as: 'How enjoyable is PE at school?' 'Who is better at sport - boys or girls?' and showcased their school sports day. "Their stories are their stories," said lead teacher Valentina Burley. "It's been brilliant watching them coming up with the ideas, organising themselves, and remaining focused".

1140: 'A great success'
Sports Day at the Holy Trinity CE School in West Sussex proved to be a "purposeful" day for budding School Reporters in Year 8, according to their teacher Dawn Clubb. "The students found it very enjoyable and absolutely loved it… and were very, very keen to see their work in print… really excited to have the responsibility," she said. The school website captures all the reports brought together by Toby, who will receive a special commendation for all his hard work at the school's Celebration Of Success Day.

1132: Going for gold
An Olympic gold medal winner and live link-up to Spain are all on the agenda for St Catherine's School for Girls in Bexley, Kent. They have set up an interview with former British rower Martin Cross, who triumphed at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles alongside Steve Redgrave, Richard Budgett and Andy Holmes in the coxed four.

Meanwhile, comparing Spain's progress in the World Cup to England's exit will be the focus of a live link-up discussion with pupils at Mary Ward School in San Sebastian. The busy School Reporters will also be looking at a planned Olympics Day, for which the history department is making a film about Ancient Greek Olympic sports; and speaking to Thamesmead Youth Voice, which helps organise sports for local disadvantaged young people.

1121: Not one sports day but four!
PE teacher Jake Stone from Leigh Academy in Dartford, London has been using sporting ways to improve the standards of English. He set up "media teams" who reported on four college sports days and also on the academy final last Friday. They produced articles that were distributed around the school for staff and students to see. They worked to a strict deadline and had to finish by 3.30pm with a member of the PE staff helping out with final editing that evening. Then all of the teams came together for the academy final to produce a 10-page piece for the school capturing the day and a two-page news article for the Dartford Messenger published today.

1057: Reporting sport
Pupils at Jack Hunt School in Cambridgeshire have successfully been combining journalism and sports to help improve their English skills. Stories such as Roger Federer's dramatic Wimbledon departure and the upcoming England and Pakistan cricket match have in fact been more popular than the expected World Cup. Teacher Kate Simpson-Holley called the event "a really good opportunity".

1036: Top story
An "all-out push" to double the numbers taking part in the school's sports day on 7 July is our top story, says School Reporter Benjamin, 13, at Francis Combe Academy in Hertfordshire. "There's a drive to involve about half the school. Our reporting team - Newsbreakers - are reporting that as part of National Schools Sports week," he said.

Lewis, 13, is part of the technical team planning filming locations for later in the day. "We'll be at the sports track and the gym," he said. Mr Aslam, the teacher organising the School Reporters, said they were all hard at work and very excited.

1034: Preparing scripts
Seven students from Catmose College in Rutland are brainstorming and writing scripts ready for broadcast. School Reporters will shortly be reporting from the Rutland Primary School multi-skills event at Oakham Rugby Club.

1030: 'Behind the camera'
Vanessa and Lucy at Bonus Pastor Catholic College will be two of those involved in interviewing Chris Powell. "We are very excited but we are nervous about being behind the camera," they say.

1028: Powell interview
School Reporters from Bonus Pastor Catholic School in south London are busy preparing for an interview with former England football player Chris Powell. They will be filming the interview with help from their BBC mentor Steve Walker and the Lewisham CLC team.

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1010: 'Excited but nervous'
Daniel, 13, from Hartford High School in Cheshire is "pretty excited but a bit nervous" as he and two other School Reporters make last-minute preparations to report on a visit by Sir Chris Hoy to his school, which will be broadcast on School Report Sports Day radio later in the day.

The Olympic gold-medallist is visiting them as part of the International Inspiration programme which their school is involved in. He will watch a demonstration by some of the students of a Malaysian game called Sepak Takraw, which is a cross between football and volleyball, and a bit like doing keepy-uppys over a volleyball net.

1000: PE in HD
Students are going HD at Longbenton Community College in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with their news broadcasts about PE in schools. "They are deciding which stories should be included and how to make best use of the green screen for the main broadcast at noon. Wimbledon is a major focus. We are doing hourly bulletins in HD," says the college's Glen Bowman.

World Cup diary
Six students from across Africa have been reporting on the World Cup for BBC School Report. Two of the students are from Ghana and kept a diary of their experiences, from learning they were on their way to South Africa to reporting on Ghana's defeat to Germany.

Sports Day radio will be streamed live at the top of this page from 1200 until 1330 BST.

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Meeting Mandeville
Students at Lasswade High School in Midlothian received a very special visitor recently - the 2012 Paralympic mascot, Mandeville - along with their very own Paralympian, Sean Fraser. Read all about it here.

Sports day
School Reporters at Lurgan Junior High School, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, used their school's sports day on 15 June to test out their new Outside Broadcast trailer, streaming the event onto the school website, enabling parents to watch it remotely. Read their report of the day here.

Moving day
School Reporters from Culcheth High School in Warrington are moving into their new school building on School Report Sports Day so they have already produced some content and even appeared on the BBC News Channel to mark the start of the World Cup.


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