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Harrogate High School has been playing host to an exciting training programme that combines sport with literacy.

Aimed at local primary schools, it gives some 40 pupils the opportunity to improve both literacy and social skills. The schools involved were Willow Tree, St. Robert´s, Richard Taylor, Hookstone and New Park.

Led by former Harrogate High School PE teacher, David Moss and his company Sporting Influence, supported by the school´s PE department, the 10 week programme included an hour a week on literacy and another on sport. Featured sports included football, hockey, basketball and rugby. The two disciplines connected through the pupils playing and learning about sport and then writing about it, describing what they did and how they felt. All manner of key social skills were developed including teamwork, respect, communication and leadership - improved through participation in sport.

The pupils were also given the opportunity to experience, enjoy and become familiar with Harrogate High School and its facilities, perhaps even going on to eventually join the high school. David Moss says the school has "excellent facilities," perfect for his inspirational programme.

This second programme has just finished and was rounded off with an awards presentation and coaching session from none other than Olympic long jumper, Chris Tomlinson.

Another successful Harrogate High School programme, giving the chance to pupils to mix with others from different schools and develop all sorts of new social skills.

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