PE and Sport Premium Funding


At Dinnington First School we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to the wider health and wellbeing of our children, providing them with the necessary tools for a happy, healthy life now and in the future. We also believe that a broad, balanced high quality curriculum coupled with extra- curricular activities has a positive impact on concentration and academic achievement. 


Our aims at Dinnington First School are to:

  •  engage as many of our children as possible in the widest range of physical activities and sports.
  • provide our children with the tools to build happy active lifestyles
  • allow our children to experience the buzz of taking part in competitive sporting events.


Our curriculum ensures that all children get at least two hours of high quality Physical Education delivered by a teacher or specialist coach every week. Coupled with additional active elements such as The Daily Mile, action songs and playtime sports challenges, pupils are actually active for close to 3 hours each week.


What is the Sports Premium?


Each school receives £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year while the funding is put in place by the government. This money is earmarked solely for the development of sport and PE provision within our school.


What we can offer


With the introduction of the sports grant we have been able to grow our curriculum and provide new opportunities for our pupils. We are proud that our children have had the opportunity to experience activities including:


  • Little Kickers
  • handball
  • archery
  • dance
  • cricket
  • orienteering
  • gymnastics
  • badminton
  • cross-country running
  • football
  • squash
  • dodgeball
  • basketball
  • tchoukball
  • netball
  • rugby
  • balance bikes and cycling
  • tennis
  • hockey
  • tri-golf
  • forest school
  • athletics
  • curling


In recent years our pupils have taken part in a variety of competitive events – some within school, some regionally within Newcastle and many as part of the Gosforth Schools Trust. Competitive opportunities have been offered for football, athletics, tennis, archery, dance, Tri-golf, cricket and dodge ball. Dinnington was also proud to organise and host an orienteering competition for all schools within the Gosforth Schools Trust for the past 3 years.

Links To Local Sports Clubs
Local Football and Rugby Clubs
Football Development Sessions for boys and girls aged 5 - 7 of all abilities School Sundays 9 am - 10 am. All coaches are CRB checked and have FA Level 1 qualifications.
For registration forms please contact Alan Birkinshaw 07774523762 or e'mail
For extra information look at the club website:
 Wideopen FC
Soccer Skills at Wideopen FC forms a strong base to the entire club. Many of our players start here and go right through the junior section and on to play senior football at Wideopen. Quite a large number of our mini-soccer players (7-10 years olds) benefit from coaching at Soccer Skills as well as with their team coach.
For information visit the club website:
Ponteland Rugby
Ponteland offer mini-rugby starting at under 7's. Sessions are fun and help children develop key aspects of the game.
For information please visit the club website:
OR contact one of the key personnel who support the development and delivery of youth, junior and mini rugby.
 Mike Robson  07445 319733 Send email
 Sharon Anderson  07725 263300 Send email
Gosforth Rugby
For information please see the club website:
Squash, Tennis, Golf and Hockey
 Northern Squash Club
Children in Year 4 at Dinnington will be familiar with Richard Vitty who comes into school to deliver taster squash lessons. If children are interested there is weekend coaching available.
"Northern has a number of coaches and has an extremely strong junior coaching programme. Junior coaching is run on Saturdays by Richard Vitty, with sessions for different age groups running throughout the day. There are also after school sessions that run on a Thursday. Contact Richard Vitty for information. General coaching can be done on an individual or group basis and can be booked with any of the coaches below. Please contact them directly for their rates and availability. "
Ponteland Tennis Club
Play Tennis Ponteland provides Tennis for all ages from 4years and upwards with Coaching, Fitness, Fun, Social and Competitive opportunities.

To view all aspects of Ponteland Tennis Club go to the website, or if you would like to visit the club and be shown around by me Nick Clark (Head Coach) please register your interest on the contact page of this website.

Gosforth Tennis

What are you looking for from a tennis club? All year round play? Social tennis in a warm and friendly atmosphere? Competitive matches in the local leagues? A thriving junior section? A wide range of coaching sessions available for both juniors and adults? A safe place for the family to play? … we tick all those boxes!

 Parklands Golf

Our Junior Academy is a programme for Juniors aged 6-12 with a desire to learn golf.

It is a Passport to Golf scheme endorsed by England Golf and the Professional Golfer Association. It is a structured programme that will have the child learning every aspect of the game.

It combines coaching the golf swing and short game with teaching of rules and etiquette, fitness and well being, respect to others and different scoring formats.

The programme runs in 10 week blocks of 45 minute sessions

N1Golf Morpeth

Previously known as the Gubeon Golf Centre, based in Morpeth, Nr Newcastle this is the ideal venue to learn or improve your golf.

We pride ourselves on providing a first class learning experience to golfers of all abilities within our Academies. With a team of highly experienced PGA Qualified Golf Coaches whose common passion is to help all of their golfers improve.

We take great care to create a fun and creative learning environment for our golfers whilst offering cutting edge solutions to ensure that we “Unleash the golfer within!”