Fun for 2,000 children at the Norfolk Winter School Games
Posted: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 08:32
Thousands of young people from schools across Norfolk came together for a sporting competition with a difference at the Norfolk Winter School Games finals.
The Norfolk Winter School Games Week, which ran from Friday 7th to Friday 14th February, saw over 2,000 young people from schools across the county competing in activities including dance, handball, skateboarding, and a panathlon for children with special needs or disabilities. There'll also be a special cross-country day with 600 pupils running around the stunning grounds of Holkham Hall on Wednesday, March 4th.
The event has shifted focus from traditional competitive sport to a more inclusive event for pupils of all abilities to take part. This enables children to represent their school in an event, try a new activity, and boost their confident as well as feel the benefits of physical activity. It is hoped that this will contribute towards more children being active and having fun, whilst trying to tackle the national issues around inactive children.
Norfolk School Games is the largest school sport event to ever be held in Norfolk. Now in its ninth year, it promises to be the largest calendar of competition to date, with events at venues across Norfolk including Sportspark UEA and Holkham Hall.
Over the course of this 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, providing engaging opportunities to help all young people to achieve their personal best and experience something new.
The event also creates an opportunity for young adults to develop their leadership skills by contributing towards how the successful the events are.
Jo Thompson, School Games Project Officer from Active Norfolk, said: "In the last few years, the School Games has started diversifying and this year is no exception. It's been great to see lots of lively kids involved and trying something new in the ninth year of the games. It's always a pleasure to see so many smiling faces whilst they are having fun."
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.
For more information on how to get involved in the School Games and results and photos from last year's Games visit www.norfolkschoolgames.co.uk