Cross Country Primary Championships Yr 4-6

Location

Abbey Recreation Ground

Morden Road, London, SW19 3BL

Competition date

9th Oct 2023 @ 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Yr 4-6 (Year 6 will race first)
  • There will be a boys race and girls race per year group
  • Teams to be made up of five girls and five boys in each year group (e.g. five Year 6 girls + five Year 6 boys)

Resources

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Clusters

Borough Championships

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals

Booking is available to all schools for this event on the initial sign-up date of: Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm.

Event Eligibility

  • This is a Borough Championships event.
  • Only Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils.
  • Schools are encouraged to select their strongest squads.  
  • School squads should be well prepared and have time to practise with the competition rules before attending this event. 

Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Yr 4-6 (Year 6 will race first)
  • There will be a boys event and girls event
  • Teams to be made up of five girls and five boys in each year group (e.g. five Year 6 girls + five Year 6 boys)

Kit & Equipment

  • Runners of the same school should wear the same colour tops/bibs.
  • No jewellery permitted.
  • All children must wear appropriate footwear.
  • No spikes or metal studded footwear allowed. 

Staffing and Spectators 

  • At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 
  • On any school sites: Spectators will not be permitted entry to any school/private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.  All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school. DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school.

Rules 

  • Children will aim to complete one lap of the large running course (approximate total distance = 1600m). 
  • Children must make their way to the designated start line once they have been called by the starter marshal. 
  • Once the race begins, runners must keep the course flags and cones to their left-hand side, ensuring they stay on the running course throughout the race.  
  • Teachers and coaches are not permitted to run alongside the runners.
  • First aiders may attend children by crossing the track with the support of an MSSP steward. 

Competition Format 

  • Athletes will race in their own year group.  
  • Girls and boys will race separately.
  • Year 6 Races – placings cards from 1–50 will be distributed to runners as they finish. School coaches are to collect and record these placings on the team result sheet and hand back to event organisers to be collated for the overall team result.

Draw Format  

  • There will be no draw. Runners will race just one race in the race order as follows:
  • Year 6 Girls
  • Year 6 Boys
  • Year 5 Girls
  • Year 5 Boys
  • Year 4 Girls
  • Year 4 Boys

Awards  

  • Winners: GOLD medal and certificates.
  • Year 6 Team Award. Boys trophy. Girls Trophy.
  • Individual Runners-Up: SILVER medal and certificates.
  • Individual 3rd Place: BRONZE medal and certificates.
  • 4th – 10th Place: Placing certificates.
  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate. 
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.

Results 

  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending. 

Winner’s Pathway 

  • There is no planned pathway from this event.

NGB Info

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.

REFSPECT 

MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

Social Media 

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.  

Email:info@mertonssp.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mertonssp

First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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