Celebrating 40th Anniversary of WASPS – Wolverhampton Association for Sport in Primary Schools

WASPS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary having been established in 1974. The association was originally formed by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of primary school teachers who were determined to organise competitive sport between Primary Schools in Wolverhampton. This tradition continues today with WASPS being as committed as ever to organising competitive sport across the City with the majority of primary schools participating.

The association is managed by Teachers who meet termly, in their own time, to organise sporting competition. Venues for the many sporting events are located in many schools across the city as well as in various leisure centres and stadiums including Aldersley.

WASPS provides a unique opportunity for many children to actively participate in sport across Wolverhampton. The different types of sport which are active across the City are: Football, Tag Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rounders; Athletics, Cross country;  Swimming and many others. After each of these sporting events, children are presented with a medal and trophy to celebrate their achievements.

Many successful sportsmen and women over the years have left Wolverhampton Primary Schools with the enthusiasm and talent to ensure that sport is prominent in their lives. In fact, some have excelled to achieve notoriety such as Denise Lewis and Tessa Sanderson.

To commemorate this 40th Anniversary year, each school will receive a special plaque celebrating sport in Wolverhampton Primary Schools and children will receive commemorative medals in events over the coming months.

Current Chairperson of WASPS, Gary Gentle - Headteacher of Bilston Church of England Primary School stated:

“We should be proud to recognise the achievements in sport of primary school children over the past 40 years. Primary schools and their teachers have created a positive sporting culture and ethos which has benefitted thousands of children during the past four decades. Our organisation is as strong as ever and still provides a unique forum for children to take part in competitive sport.”

You can find out more information about WASPS via the website: www.waspsonline.com