Hundreds of children from across the county enjoyed a ‘mini-Olympic & Paralympic style’ festival of sport…
This year the 2017 Sussex School Games saw over 950 participants compete for medals in 12 competitions across a range of sports including athletics, golf, cricket, gymnastics & disability sports on Wednesday 28 June at K2, Crawley. The games were supported by over 200 young volunteers from schools across the whole of Sussex, who ensured that the day ran smoothly.
Schools from all over the county took part in the fiercely-contested festival of sport. The event, dubbed a mini-Olympics, has now been running since 2012. An exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England, the School Games are designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The opening ceremony saw a welcome and motivational speech given by GB Hockey player Kirsty Mackay, special guest star, who was part of the gold medal winning team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I started out playing hockey at a very young age and due to my determination and motivation to succeed, I was the youngest goalkeeper to be selected for Team GB.
There are some fantastic young people here today and I encourage you to go out and take every opportunity that comes to you! All you can do is your best, so just be the best that you can be today – drive your teammates and enjoy today’s games!”
Sadie Mason OBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive who attended the Games said:
“The success of this year’s School Games is the result of close partnership working between local organisations and the drive and passion demonstrated by the pupils that took part.
Active Sussex are extremely proud to be able to provide opportunities for all school children to participate in physical activity and help them realise their great potential through sport.”
Louisa from the Crawley region competed in various athletics events including the 100 metre running race and high jump, said: “The atmosphere here today is really cool! I like the fact that I can use all of my energy at the games. I enjoyed being part of a team because to have a team is really encouraging – if you’re feeling down they will boost your spirits and tell you that you’ve done your best no matter what!”
Channella from the Southern region took part in numerous athletics competitions. She said: “Sport has taught me that you have to win some to lose some and if you lose some it’s not the end of the world. I think sport helps people develop their confidence because if you’re competing against people who you don’t know, you’re encouraged to make new friends.”
Active Sussex Corporate Partner, Freedom Leisure said: “We are extremely proud to be involved in this wonderful event and to have jointly hosted this year’s games at K2 along with our partner Crawley Borough Council.”
At a national level, The School Games are backed by Lottery and Government funding, and supported by a range of Government departments, the Youth Sport Trust and Active Sussex Corporate Partners. The games are delivered by a Local Organising Committee (LoC), consisting of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE & Sport Network, National Governing Bodies, local authorities, leisure providers and head teachers. Active Sussex’s role is as background coordinator, NGB link & vice-chair, with local clubs and groups also contributing.
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2017 School Games as the day simply would not run without you!
For further information about the Sussex School Games, please visit: www.sussexschoolgames.org