It’s Game Time in Norfolk!
Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:26
On the back of the success of the Norfolk Winter School Games thousands of young people will come together to compete for their School Sports Partnership in the Norfolk Summer School Games finals from June 14th – 22nd June.
The week-long festival of sport will see over 2,200 young people from schools across the county compete in 11 events including Athletics, Angling, Tri Golf and Panathlon in a range of venues across the County.
The Norfolk School Games is the largest school sport event to ever be held in Norfolk and now in its seventh year, it promises to be the largest calendar of competition to date. Over the course of the year 18,000 young people from primary and secondary schools will take part in School Games qualifying events organised by each of the eight School Games Organisers by providing engaging opportunities to help all young people to achieve their personal best.
Being motivated and inspired by a role model is often the catalyst that young people need to become involved in competitive sport. The School Games is designed to inspire young people to take part in competitive sport, and will welcome a host of sporting ambassadors over the course of the week to inspire the competitors and cheer them on, including:
Netball umpire Gary Burgess who has just returned from umpiring at the Commonwealth Games will be at the event on Monday 18th June to encourage the young High 5 netball competitors. 'She Rallies' ambassador Kim Burgess will be coming along to the mini tennis event on Monday 18th June to cheer on the 8 and 9 year olds.
Norfolk's Commonwealth Games star Iona Lake, will be attending the Primary and Secondary Athletics competitions at Sportspark on Wednesday 20th June and Thursday 21st June.
All the events will vary depending on the amount and ages of participants and venues;
• Thursday 14th June, Norfolk's young people from special schools will see exciting opportunities on offer to experience a variety of sports like table tennis, dance, athletics and boccia.
• The start of the week will see dancers who competed in their School Sport Partnerships for a chance to perform at the Opening Ceremony take to the stage in front of all the days' competitors at Sportspark. Monday 18th June will also see the first of the week's competitions, Mini tennis and High 5 Netball finals take place at Sportspark.
• Tuesday 19th June, will host a number of activities including angling for secondary school pupils at Barford Lakes. For the very first time in the Norfolk School Games, an all girls' team from Breckland will be competing in this event during the 'This Girl Can' month. The girls from Iceni Academy secured their place back in May by qualifying in the level 2 competition. Tuesday will also see Primary Kwik cricket finals at Horsford Cricket Club, tri-golf finals at the Norwich Family Golf Centre and children from years 3-6 will take part in a panathlon festival at Sportspark.
• On Wednesday 20th June, will see a new event for the School Games this year with teams from primary schools competing in the primary athletics Quadkids final at Sportspark.
• Thursday 21st June, will see our largest number of pupils in the week at Sportspark. Over 640 secondary pupils will compete in the athletics final.
• On the last day of the games, Friday 22nd June, students from secondary schools will represent their SSPs in American football, dodgeball, handball and ultimate frisbee. Year 5 and 6 girls will be competing in the kwik cricket finasl and special schools will have the chance to compete against each other in a variety of sports including athletics, indoor rowing, golf and tennis.
Jo Thompson, School Games Project Officer from Active Norfolk said, "It's an exciting time for the Norfolk School Games. We shape the programme each year to ensure we make the most of new opportunities for different pupils. The idea of the Games is to get as many school pupils experiencing positive competition as possible with the aim of inspiring them to continue to be active and find what activity is best for them. With such a variety of events all happening in one week we're hoping the kids will go away feeling proud and excited to have been part of something so big. And of course, wanting to do even more!"
The Games are part of the national School Games initiative which aims to inspire more young people to take part in competitive school sport. The Norfolk School Games is organised by Active Norfolk and the eight School Sport Partnerships (SSPs) in the county and sponsored by the Sportspark.