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Worcestershire School Games

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:07

Worcestershire School Games

OVER 1000 CHILDREN TAKE PART IN COUNTY'S FESTIVAL OF SPORT

More than 1000 children and young people from schools across Worcestershire descended on Bromsgrove School to enjoy a sport-packed day at the annual Worcestershire Summer School Games.

The Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire children in Worcestershire schools to take part in competitive and participatory sport. The children, ranging in age from seven to 18, battled it out for the title of Worcestershire School Games champion in eight different sports – cricket, rounders, tri golf, boccia, archery, swimming, lacrosse and athletics.

The youngsters represented both their school and their District in the School Games, with the county divided into the six districts of Redditch, North Worcestershire, Droitwich and Worcester City, South Worcestershire, Worcestershire West and Wyre Forest.

Organised by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Games were supported by young leaders from local schools, colleges and universities across Worcestershire aiming to develop leadership skills including officiating and event organisation. Many budding reporters and videographers also came together to form a voluntary media team, interviewing sporting stars and capturing the Worcestershire Summer School Games on camera.

Stephen Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, "We always look forward to the Worcestershire School Games, the initiative presents a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire our young people to take part in more competitive sport. Celebrating sport, competition and teamwork are at the heart of the festival, encouraging young people to reach their full potential."

All participants, young leaders and school staff were encouraged to uphold the six 'Olympic values' associated with the School Games throughout the day. They demonstrated passion, teamwork, honesty, respect, determination and self-belief across the eight sporting competitions and the cultural village, attending by local sporting organisations.

The youngsters were also treated to a special visit from Annasley Park, a member of the Great Britain Track and Road Cycling Academy Programme. Understanding the School Games from the children's perspective, the 21-year-old has previously fulfilled the role as Young Leader at the Herefordshire School Games and aims to motivate this year's aspiring sporting stars.

Official radio partner, Free Radio's Hursty was in attendance of the Games, compering the opening ceremony, interviewing Sporting Champion Annasley Park and testing a range of activities taking place at the cultural village.

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire would like to thank their sponsors, Free Radio and West Midland Safari Park, for supporting the Worcestershire School Games. They would also like to express their gratitude to sports organisers, Annasley Park, cultural village attendees, 7 Valley Training first aid services, young leaders and Bromsgrove School and all other partner organisations.

For further information around the School Games, please contact Bethan Watson at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire on 01905 542033 or bethan.watson@worc.ac.uk.

Tags: Active, School Games, Volunteering, Worcestershire, female