1800 take part in Worcestershire’s festival of sport
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:07
Hundreds of young people descended on Bromsgrove School last Tuesday for a true sporting spectacle! 1800 children and young people from 62 schools across Worcestershire came together to participate in the biggest ever Worcestershire Summer School Games on Tuesday 3rd July.
Organised by the Worcestershire Local Organising Committee, Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and School Games Organisers, the Games saw children – ranging in age from 7 to 17 – go head-to-head in their own mini Olympics, battling it out for the title of Worcestershire School Games Champion in 10 different sports.
Alvechurch Middle School kicked off the opening ceremony in style with their dance performance before 'Worcestershire's Gotta Sing' winner – Trinity High School's Vasmeen – took to the stage. The crowd then welcomed an inspiring talk from skeleton racer and Pyeongchang 2018 bronze medallist Laura Deas, as the Worcestershire Summer School Games were declared open.
Sponsored by FreeRadio, White Label, Redpoint Climbing Centre and West Midland Safari Park, the Games were supported by a team of 125 Young Leaders, made up of budding reporters, photographers and video journalists, ensuring the entire event was focused on young people.
Alongside the competitions running across the site, at the heart of the event was a School Games Cultural Village where young people could take part in fun, alternative activities. The event saw its biggest health and cultural village to date, inviting 19 activity providers and organisations including the police and fire service, a smoothie bike and a 7m climbing wall. Children were encouraged to take part in activities from tennis to bhangra dancing to earn their stickers, representing the six School Games values of respect, honesty, determination, self-belief, passion and teamwork.
Scott Smith, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said, "The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire million of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport and get physically active."
"We're delighted to welcome a record number of participants to the Worcestershire Summer School Games and wish to pay tribute to everyone involved in making today's event a success, from young leaders to sponsors and local organisations."