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2019 Winter School Games comes to an end with cross country at blustery Holkham Hall

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:57

2019 Winter School Games comes to an end with cross country at blustery Holkham Hall

This year's edition of Norfolk's Winter School Games saw thousands of school children participate in a series of fun and competitive athletic events and games in different areas of Norfolk over several days in February and March. The 2019 Winter games came to a close yesterday with a well-attended cross country race at the prestigious Holkham Hall grounds.

Over the course of several days during late February and early March, children from primary and secondary schools across Norfolk were given the chance to be involved in a range of different sports as part of the Winter School Games 2019, culminating in yesterday's cross country.

The games kicked off with a number of sports festivals at the Sportspark in Norwich, giving pupils the chance to discover new sports, like fencing and handball, which they may never have experienced before.

This year's games also provided sports and activity opportunities for children with special education needs or disabilities through the Panathlon challenge. This involved 60 children enjoying a number of different sports, in rotation, including basketball and skittles.

One of the most popular activities in this year's Winter Games was the Colour5k run for secondary school pupils. This involved children running a 5k run while staff members and volunteers threw powder paint at the participants. More than 700 pupils took part in the run, held at the UEA, on a sunny afternoon in later February.

The Norfolk School Games is in its eighth year and has developed to include more pupils than ever, with a focus on inclusivity to get as many children participating in sports and physical activity in Norfolk as possible.

Jo Thompson, school games project officer from Active Norfolk, which ran the event, said: "The weather cleared up and it was perfect for cross country. People liked the venue and the kids were really positive.

"We had a couple of kids who had never represented their schools at an event before and were really happy to do so."

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