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Gold medal for sporty Sheffield schoolgirl

Darcy Middleton collected her gold award at Sheffield Hallam University in a traditional graduation cap and gown

Darcy Middleton collected her gold award at Sheffield Hallam University in a traditional graduation cap and gown

Eleven-year-old Darcy Middleton is as good as gold after winning an award for her dedication to sport.

The Mundella Primary School pupil from Norton joined a new scheme designed to reward youngsters who enjoy a range of sports in their spare time.

It’s a programme that has seen Sheffield youngsters clock up more than a million hours of out of school activities - and is now inspiring even more kids to get active.

The Sheffield Children’s University is working in partnership with SIV to encourage more participation in sporting activities.

The programme sees children’s commitment to learning celebrated through an awards system.

One credit is given for each hour and credits are then converted into awards - bronze for 30 hours, silver for 65 hours and gold for 100 hours.

The partnership means that any child now taking part in SIV’s coached activities, which include athletics, football and martial arts, can gain credits towards their awards.

Darcy won her gold award after attending the athletics academy at the English Institute of Sport.

Darcy’s mum Marie Marsh said: “Darcy started athletics four years ago and loved it, so she enrolled in the academy.

“When she heard about the Children’s University scheme she applied and started earning credits straight away. It’s a great awards system.”

Darcy attended a special ceremony, dressed in a traditional university cap and gown, at Sheffield Hallam University to collect her gold award.

 

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