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Sporting Achievements

The children at William Read Primary Academy take part in various sporting activities throughout the year, both within the school and competitively against other local primary schools.


Years 5 and 6 take part in a weekly after school football club run by Mr Austin. They take part in competitive league fixtures against other Canvey schools. This is a great introduction for some children to playing home and away matches. 

The team is fully inclusive and we are pleased with the number of girls who enjoy taking part.

The football team took part in a festival on 19th October 2022. This was held at Waterside Farm. They played four matches, lost two, drew one and won their final match. They were very pleased with their performance and the adults were very happy with the attitude of the children.

1st December 2022: Home football match vs Canvey Juniors

Sadly, William Read conceded early goals in this fixture and were 3-0 down at half time against a strong Canvey side. Their performance improved in the second half, with near misses from Phoebe and Tommy. However, William Read were unable to score. They will move onto the next fixture knowing what they need to do.

Cross Country

In March 2022, William Read took a large KS2 team to the CPRSSP Cross Country event at Garons Park. This was extremely competitive in the cold damp weather. We had limited success with one child going through to the County finals but every child enjoyed the chance to compete for the school.

Later in the year, a smaller team took on the Canvey Schools at Castle View on a much hotter day. William Read represented themselves very well and we had success in years 5 and 6.

We hope to continue this event in 2023.

District Sports

Each year, a team of athletes head to Cornelius Vermuyden School to compete in the local District Sports. Children from years 3-6 competed bravely in the scorching conditions. We had some good success in the sprint races with children from all year groups making the finals. However, the heat took its toll on the long distance athletes. Similarly, children from William Read did not make the final 3 in the throwing and jumping events. 

We have plenty to work on for 2023.

Sports Day

The new look Sports Day was a tremendous success in 2022. Due to the pandemic, some of the children had not taken part in a proper sports day in front of their adults. It was fantastic to see children from Nursery to Year 6 trying their hardest in the various running, jumping and throwing events. 

This event would not be possible without the help of the entire staff and the Year 6 helpers, who were able to bring all of the results together. And who could forget the enthusiasm of Mrs Austin on the microphone.

Paralympic Event

This was a fantastic competitive event on 1st November 2022 organised for those to try their hand at different types of sporting activities. The children who attended came back thoroughly enthused about the day and had a renewed self-confidence going into normal PE lessons. Diana also made it to the county final of her event to be held later this year.

KS1 Character and Life Skills 

A lovely event for the younger children at William Read to enjoy a day of sporting activities with a difference. The emphasis of the day was to have fun. Both children and adults enjoyed the activities that were put on by the team at the CPRSSP.

Year 2 Winter Games

On Wednesday 1st February, Year 2 embarked on an exciting journey to 'The Winter Games Festival' at The Deanes School in Thundersley. During our visit, the children were provided with lots of different exciting sports opportunities. The children played: tennis, invasion games, team games whilst also developing the skill of bowling precision and playing with a parachute. It was a truly exciting morning for all and a great opportunity for the children to experience different sports. All Year 2 children in attendance represented the school beautifully and were very well behaved.