Castel Primary to get new PE equipment thanks to Fun Day winner Jessie

September 21, 2023

Castel pupil Jessie is pictured with Lauren Gale from sponsors Utmost and Headteacher Peter Curtis.

Children at Castel Primary School will be benefitting from some new PE equipment after pupil Jessie Bougourd was drawn as the winner of a £500 voucher at the recent Utmost Community Sport Fun Day organised by the Guernsey Sports Commission.

Jessie, aged 8, was one of hundreds of children who completed ten or more sports challenges at the Fun Day trying out some of the 20 different sports on offer. Her completed Challenge Card was the first one drawn from the hat winning the prize for her school.

Castel Headteacher Peter Curtis said the school was now thinking about what to spend the money on but was keen to hear what Jessie would like.

‘We do everything we can to keep our children active and we know that the island is facing a bit of an obesity problem so we will liaise with Jessie and invest the money where it will have the most impact in the school,’ he said.

Jessie was delighted to win.

‘I feel really happy and excited as I really love sport. My favourite sport is football, but I also really like all the running and athletics equipment. I’m really enjoying playing basketball at school at the moment’, said Jessie.

This year’s Utmost Community Sport Fun Day was once again a great success,

‘It was an absolutely fantastic day,’ said Nicky Will from the Commission.

‘We had fantastic weather and a fantastic turn out.

‘We know that engaging in sport has a positive impact on our physical and mental health.

‘To be able to have so many different sports all in the same place at the same time sends such a powerful message that Guernsey is a great place to get involved in all these activities, whether playing, officiating, coaching or volunteering, and this love and enjoyment of sport really needs to start at school,’ said Nicky.

Sponsors of the event Utmost thoroughly enjoyed the day.

‘It has been an absolute pleasure for Utmost to continue to support the Community Fun Day, providing an opportunity for so many children, and adults, to try out a variety of sports offered on-island,’ said Lauren Gale from Utmost.

‘I took some time to speak to families and heard that children enjoyed their experience so much that they decided to pursue their favourite sports on a regular basis. This is a brilliant outcome of the event that keeps the children active, encourages them to make new friendships and grows local sport. We thank the Sports Commission for all the time it takes to organise the event and look forward to supporting again next year.’