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Norfolk winter school games attracts new students to sport

Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 13:23

Norfolk winter school games attracts new students to sport

Thousands of young people will come together to compete for their School Sports Partnership in the Norfolk Winter School Games finals from Friday 8th February – Friday 15th February, with an additional competition on 6th March.

The week-long festival of sport is set to be bigger than ever before and will be the most inclusive in the games' history with an emphasis placed on mass-participation sports rather than individuals. The Norfolk Winter School Games Week will see over 2200 young people from schools across the county take part in 12 events.

There is a strong emphasis this year on including new and unusual events to make the School Games appealing and accessible to young people with a range of interests and abilities, who haven't been involved in the Games before.

In addition to the disability sport events in this year's Games there will also be sportshall athletics, handball, girls football, gymnastics, panathlon, cross country and adding a splash of colour to this year's Games, a colour run has also been included in the line-up.

The colour run will see over 600 secondary pupils, who don't usually choose to compete in sport, take part in a 5K run with the emphasis on fun. The students will get covered in colour, run through paint smoke produced by a paint canon, and finish with throwing paint up in the air! The aim is for them to be part of something fun and physical.

The School Games is designed to inspire young people to take part in sport and physical activity by taking part in a positive event, and will welcome Norfolk's Commonwealth Games star Iona Lake, who will be attending Sportspark on Tuesday 12th February and the Cross Country on Wednesday 6th March at Holkham Hall, to inspire the competitors and cheer them on. Local running legend and former Olympian, Paul Evans, will also be in attendance to fire the starting gun at the colour run.

For more information about the games and to get involved, contact Jo Thompson at joanne.thompson@activenorfolk.org or Anna Knibb at anna.knibb@activenorfolk.org.

Tags: Norfolk School Games, Panathlon, Winter Games, Young People Physical Activity