Image: SWYG 2017_Photo: PPA-UKImage: Tavistock Dance FestivalTavi Schools Dance Festival 2019
OCRA is the contracted School Sports Co-ordinator for the Okehampton MAT (Mult-Accademy Trust) and West Devon Federation Schools providing curriculum sports, courses, events and after-school clubs. Reports from our schools events can be read below.

Key Stage 2 Gymnastics Teacher Training

Image: Gymnastics Teacher TrainingLate in 2018, OCRA ran a teacher training course for Key Stage 2; here’s some of the feedback collected from participants:

“Interesting and informative. Gave me confidence to try.”
Cathy Barnes, Tavistock Community Primary School

“Very knowledgeable tutor – demonstrated all of the moves/methods.”
Beth Tape, Chagford

“Good practical demos. Good variety of ideas for all ages.”
Sara Halsey, Chagford Primary School

“This was really informative to understand how to land correctly… to keep children safe. ”
Tina Adams, Chagford Primary School

West Devon Primary Schools Cross Country at Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo Schools cross country 2019On a cold, wet Thursday morning, over 200 West Devon school children took part in the annual OCRA cross country competition at Castle Drogo. (more…)

Tavistock Area Schools OCRA Ability Games

Ability Games Bere Alston 2019 Forty Five children from Princetown, Horrabridge, Lamerton, St Peter’s, Tavistock, Bere Alston and Whitchurch primary schools took part in an Ability Games event, hosted by Bere Alston school and run by OCRA coaches. (more…)

West Devon Primary Schools OCRA Bouldering Competition

Schools bouldering competition Nov 2019The Climbing Barn at Milton Abbot was busier than normal on the day of the annual West Devon Primary schools Bouldering competition, organised by OCRA. (more…)

OCRA School Sports Report – Q1, 2019

Image: Tavistock Dance FestivalOCRA currently fulfils the role of School Sports Co-ordinator for Dartmoor MAT (Okehampton and area schools) and Tavistock Area Schools. Please see our event reports on our schools page for news throughout the year.

Wednesday 23rd January was the West Devon Sportshall finals, held at Tavistock College Sportshall. Taking part were – Whitchurch, St Andrew’s A & B, St Peter’s, Okehampton, Hatherleigh, South and North Tawton. Keith & Jayne Reed, Martin Exley-Deane, Stuart Lord and Mhairi McCall  plus 10 young sports leaders officiated over the event. (more…)

West Devon Teams bring back medals from County Games

Image: St Andrew's XC squads county games 2019_1024_768 8 teams from West Devon Primary Schools took part in the cross country event at the School Winter Games County Finals, held at Paignton on Thursday 28th March.

St Andrew’s year 3/4 & 5/6 boys, Whitchurch 3/4 girls & Tavistock 5/6 girls had won through to the County finals by winning the West Devon event on the 7th March.

There were 18 teams and approx. 90 runners from all over Devon in each race. A maximum of 6 runners raced for a team with the first 4 finishers counting for results. (more…)

West Devon Small Schools Football Festival

Image: small schools football festival 2019Crowndale was the venue for the OCRA West Devon Small Schools Football Festival.

Teams from Exbourne, Lamerton, Gulworthy, Mary Tavy & Brentor A & B), Highampton (A & B), Lewtrenchard and Milton Abbot took part in what was a very entertaining and competitive football tournament. (more…)

South Tawton’s tag rugby festival provides a great day of sport

Image: Oke Tag Rugby Yr5-6 April 2019The annual Years 4, 5 and 6 tag rugby festival, hosted by South Tawton Primary school and held at South Zeal Recreation Park, had 17 entries this year from eight schools.


The ‘hares’ – schools cross-country
Image: The Hares with Adam Holland
The Hares with Adam Holland

Well known marathon runner Adam Holland made a very welcome appearance at the Tavistock Area Schools first Cross Country event on 12th February. Pictured is Adam with Nicolas Maczugowzki and Joel Lake of Tavistock Athletic Club ‘haring’ the Year 5 and 6 boys race, which was win by Fynn Baker of Milton Abbot school. (more…)

Tavistock Area Schools Cross Country Series 2019

The first cross country event of the 2019 Tavistock Primary Schools series took place in the Meadows on a mild Tuesday afternoon in February.

Year 3/4 girls started the series with Lamorna Cox of St Andrew’s leading the others home. Nell Maguire of Whitchurch was 2nd followed by Hazel Stead of St Peter’s and Florence Riggott and Tamzin Jarman both of Whitchurch. JJ Lake of TAC was the ‘hare’ for these girls. (more…)

Tavistock Area Schools Annual Swimming Gala 2019

Image: Swimming Gala - image: PPA-UKMeadowlands Swimming Pool and Tavistock Swimming Club hosted the annual Tavistock Primary Schools Swimming gala on Friday 8th February.

A record 16 teams from 10 schools took part, which made for a very loud and successful afternoon. (more…)

Movement & Dance day at Okehampton College

Okehampton Area Primary Schools Year 3 Movement & Dance day at Okehampton College

Tuesday 5th February saw 225 year 3 children from Okehampton, Lewtrenchard, Boasley Cross, South Tawton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, North Tawton, Bridestowe, Highampton and Chagford taking part in the annual Movement & Dance day at Okehampton College.

OCRA Gymnastics coach, Vicki Pritchard, aided by Okehampton college young sports leaders, had the children learning new skills on the double mini trampoline, Ellodie Stott, dance instructor taught some rock n roll moves and Sue Yelland, OCRA stalwart, provided some agility and co-ordination stations, run by the young sports leaders.

A great day was had by all.

Stepping Out for Tavi Schools Dance Festival

Tavi Schools Dance Festival 2019230 Year-4 children attended the Tavistock area dance festival on 14th January. Split across two venues – King’s Community Church and Tavistock Scout Hall, the morning session had 134 attending, with 96 attending the afternoon session, including one surprise wheel chair user for whom the instructors altered their routines slightly to ensure everyone had a good time.