North Worcestershire top the table at Worcestershire’s Winter School Games!
Posted: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:36
Over 1000 children and young people from over 56 schools across Worcestershire had a sport packed day at the annual Worcestershire Winter School Games on Tuesday 7th March.
Worcestershire's Level Three Winter School Games, organised by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Worcestershire School Games Organiser, saw young people from across Worcestershire compete to be School Games champions in eight different sports at the University of Worcester. The sports included netball, new age kurling, tag and touch rugby, sportshall athletics, quicksticks hockey, pan-disability football and new for 2017 handball.
The young people were also inspired by a visit from Great Britain wheelchair basketball players, Leah Evans, Ben Fox and Kayla Bell. Leah Evans was one of the Great Britain Women's team who made history finishing fourth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Recognising that the School Games can be the starting point for young people, GB U23 wheelchair basketball player and U22 European Silver Medallist, Ben Fox, said:
"I really enjoyed attending the Worcestershire School Games; it was great meeting all the young participants and volunteers and seeing their enthusiasm for sports at such a young age. Events such as the Worcestershire School Games are so important for young people to experience and I hope that our visit will have inspired some of them to realise their ambitions."
The Worcestershire School Games were supported by 90 young leaders from local schools, colleges and the University of Worcester, aiming to develop leadership skills which included officiating and event organisation.
The School Games also have their own set of 'Olympic values' which everyone participating had to commit to uphold. These were passion, honesty, teamwork, respect, determination and self-belief. Young people routinely shook hands at the end of matches and recognised good play by their team.
Scott Smith, Head of the Worcestershire School Games Local Organising Committee said, "The School Games, both summer and winter, are a very special opportunity for schools across Worcestershire to compete in a range of sports and demonstrate the sporting values of teamwork, leadership, practice and determination. They are a proud legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games that took place in 2012. Young people from across the county came together to participate and compete in a range of sports and they did so with kindness, respect and consideration for others. The young leaders, responsible for running the day, acted as coaches and referees and did a magnificent job.
"None of this happens without a huge amount of organisation and we must thank all the teachers, associate staff, organisers, clubs, coaches, volunteers and sponsors who have contributed to enabling this event to take place."
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