Mini-Olympics style showpiece attracts 1500+ young people in Herefordshire
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:11
Hundreds of young people descended on Hereford Leisure Centre last Wednesday for a true sporting spectacle! The Herefordshire Summer School Games, sponsored by Free Radio and White Label, and organised by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Local Organising Committee and School Games Organisers, saw 1600 pupils take part in a variety of competitions from lacrosse to cycling.
Ledbury Primary school impressed crowds with their sport-themed performance at the School Games opening ceremony, before a swarming mass of coloured t-shirts, each emblazoned with the "I Took Part!" motto on the back, dispersed to fill every inch and corner of Hereford Leisure Centre. Pupils from 62 schools keenly contested 17 sporting competitions to be crowned Herefordshire county champions. Pupils battled it out, displaying excellent sportsmanship and exercising the philosophy of the School Games and representing the six values of respect, honesty, teamwork, determination, passion and self-belief, showcasing the many principles that sport can help to develop in young people.
Across the sun-drenched playing fields, 115 young leaders from high schools took on much of the organising and officiating. A media team, made up of budding reporters, photographers and video journalists supported the Games, developing their leadership, creative and interpersonal skills in the process.
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. Organised by ignite cic, the village gives young people a chance to try their hand at activities from cheerleading to climbing, with educational elements such as Change 4 Life. Run by local community sports groups, the activities inspired young people to try different sports as well as promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
Local youngster and Special Olympics equestrian champion and two-time silver medallist, Sam Oliver was also in attendance, inspiring the young people, sharing personal anecdotes of his time in Los Angeles and engaging with competitors.
Tim Knapp, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said, "The Herefordshire Summer School Games offer a unique opportunity to motivate and encourage young people across the county to take part in more competitive sport."
"It is truly inspiring to see over 1700 young people from across our county working together and competing in a spirit of tolerance and respect. I would like to pay tribute to Sport England and the National Lottery for funding such an incredible event, as well as everyone involved in organising the Games, as well as our School Games sponsors."
Pete Knight, School Games Organiser added, "regardless of whether these young people are future medal winners in the luge, or are just having fun with their friends and enjoying themselves through sport, you hope it's something they take with them through the rest of their lives."