Ms E McCarthy - teacher at Orchid Vale Primary School:
At Orchid Vale Primary in North Swindon, we thoroughly recommend Sam and his team who are doing a fantastic job representing 'Swindon Wildcats in the Community'. They are running a street hockey club for key stage two children after school which has been very successful and has had a really positive response from children and parents. They also visited the reception class and spend over and hour with the children, answering questions about ice hockey, showing them the kit and playing hockey with them outside. The children were really excited to see them and it was a great afternoon. They supported our summer fayre and are running 'Street Hockey' sessions in our sports week raising the profile of the importance of exercise with the children. The highlight of the year was when Sam played hockey with 58 reception children all together and talked to them about healthy living as part of the 'Lets Get Physical' topic. His behaviour management and organisational skills were excellent and he has such a lovely manner with the children. 'Wildcats in the Community' have very much become friends of the school and have contributed so much to enrich the life of the children.
Ms E Rushen - Assistant Principal at Mountford Manor Primary School:
All the staff and children at Mountford Manor highly recommend this amazing programme offered by 'Swindon Wildcats in the Community'. Children from year 2 and 4 who have taken part in the sessions have absolutely loved then. The coaches really understand the children and their capabilities, giving those who are anxious 1 to 1 coaching whtihin the session as well as stretching those children with a natural ability. Coaches have a wonderful rapport with the children and staff; friendly and fun but authoratitive when needed. Children came back from each session 'buzzing' from their experiences. They couldn't wait to share what they had learnt with their parents and other children. Even our parents have commented how animated and excited their children are and the fact that they now want them to take them ice skating at the weekends. We have also seen a massive improvement in confidence and resilience within our children - those who have self-esteem issues were picking themselves up, determined to try again and not give up. This has also impacted on their academic work, bringing their new found skill of resilience into the classrooms. For September 2016, we have extended our uptake of sessions to encompass year 2 up to year 6 so all children have the chance to take part in this excellent opportunity.