Mini-Olympics showcase comes to Herefordshire!
Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:23
Stars of the future from all corners of Herefordshire donned their coloured 'I took part' t-shirt for the 7th Herefordshire Winter School Games. A proud legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 650 young athletes from 42 schools across the county came together at the Hereford Leisure Centre on Wednesday 13th February.
Organised by the Herefordshire Local Organising Committee, Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and School Games Organisers, the Games saw children – ranging in age from 7 to 13 – go head-to-head in their own mini Olympics, battling it out for the title of Herefordshire School Games Champion in 15 different competitions.
The Games were supported by 100 Young Leaders, who helped to organise and officiate activities on the day, as well as a team of budding reporters, photographers and video journalists, ensuring the entire event was focused on young people.
The matches between schools were keenly contested exercising the philosophy of the School Games, representing the six values of respect, honesty, teamwork, determination, passion and self-belief and showcasing the many principles that sport can help to develop in young people.
The morning saw Weobley High School take a clean sweep in the Secondary School Sportshall Athletics competitions, while the gold t-shirts of Trinity claimed the Primary School competition. Pupils battled it out in the various hockey fixtures, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship, but it was Ashperton Primary, Gorsley Goffs and Hereford Cathedral School who would be crowned Herefordshire hockey champions.
Ahead of the netball World Cup this summer, Herefordshire schools took to the court. Burley Gate finished in first place with Brampton Abbots close behind. Whitecross High School showed us the School Games values of passion, determination and respect on the pitch to finish first in the Inclusion Football. 6 teams contested the Pentathlon competition before Hereford Academy, Kingstone and Hereford Cathedral School were crowned winners in the various competitions. Shifting the focus from competition to fun and friendly participation, the Games also saw four schools try their hand at Archery Arrows.
Tim Knapp, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said, "The School Games are a very special opportunity for schools across Herefordshire to compete in a range of sports and demonstrate the sporting values of teamwork, leadership, practice and determination.
We are delighted to welcome over 800 young participants and leaders to the event today and wish to pay tribute to Sport England and the National Lottery for funding such an incredible event as well as everyone involved in making the event a success from young leaders to partners and local organisations."
If London 2012 sought to ensure a lasting sporting legacy, Herefordshire's own version for young people has done the same with thanks to National Lottery and Sport England funding. If you would like more information about the School Games and how to get involved please visit the website www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk or contact Josh Skinner – firstname.lastname@example.org. For full results please visit: https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/herefordshire-school-games.