The Richmond School Sport Partnership (SSP) is a vital part of PE and school sport in the Richmond borough at both primary and secondary school level. The SSP coordinates a fixture structure for the entire borough. Besides competitive opportunities it also creates and coordinates a range of participation and inclusive opportunities. This enables all children in Richmond schools to access sport and physical activity at a level suitable to them.
Every secondary school in Richmond buys into the network by providing a School Sport Coordinator (SSCo) for one day per week. The Richmond head teachers recently voted to extend this network until 2020. Mr Giblin is the Richmond Park Academy SSCo. His role includes coordinating sports fixtures, competitions, festivals and various opportunities throughout the year. Mr Giblin also oversees much of the local primary school activity and engages with all local primary schools to improve sporting links with them.
Mr Costello, Assistant Vice Principal, had this to say, "I have worked at Shene School/RPA since the Richmond School Sports Partnership began in 2002 and have seen the positive impact that the partnership has had on physical education and sporting opportunities across the borough. I cannot overstate the role that the SSP and our SSCo play in ensuring the sport provision at RPA and other Richmond schools. The SSP has grown what was once a disjointed and 'traditional sport' biased inconsistent fixture calendar, into a professionally organised, coordinated and managed programme which caters for individual school needs. It's great news that all Richmond schools are continuing the partnership."