Celebrating sport at Specsavers Sussex School Games Sportshall Final
More than 500 children from 45 schools competed in one of Sussex’s biggest indoor sports events.
Showcasing thrilling track and field events, the Specsavers Sussex School Games Sportshall Athletics Final brings together the best of local primary and secondary school children, representing their area and gives them the chance to compete for countywide glory!
On Friday 15 February the county finals were held at the impressive Tanbridge House School in Horsham.
Area teams across Sussex represented were; Brighton & Hove Hawks, Central Sussex Dolphins, Crawley Cougars, Hastings & Rother Leopards, Mid Sussex Panthers, North Wealden Warriors, South Downs Giants, Southern Sharks and West Sussex West Warriors.
Some of the exciting sports on offer included an obstacle relay, standing triple jump and individual lap races and after fiercely contested primary and secondary school events area winners were crowned.
- Harlands Primary School representing Mid Sussex Panthers, 682 points
- Saint Leonard’s Church of England Primary Academy representing Hastings & Rother Leopards, 650 points
- Thomas A Beckett Junior School representing Southern Sharks, 636 points
- Davison Church of England High School - representing Southern Sharks, 262 points
- Dorothy Stringer - representing Brighton and Hove Hawks, 246 points
- Oathall Community College - representing Mid Sussex Panthers, 222 points
- Warden Park Academy - representing Mid Sussex Panthers, 249 points
- The Saint Leonards Academy - representing Hastings & Rother Leopards, 241 points
- St Andrew’s Church of England High School - representing Southern Sharks, 226 points
- Bishop Luffa School representing - West Sussex West Wolverines, 252 points
- Durrington High School representing - Southern Sharks, 239 points
- Gildredge House representing - South Downs Giants, 233 points
- Joint first - St Philip Howard Catholic High School representing West Sussex West Wolverines and Oathall Community College representing Mid Sussex Panthers, 233 points
3. The Forest School representing Central Sussex Dolphins, 230 points
The competition was delivered by a local organising committee made up of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE and Sport Network (SGOs), National Governing Bodies of Sport, volunteers and head teachers. The Finals also received support from our fantastic Young Leaders, from The Weald School and The Regis School who are trained to support the competitions.
Jo Ashworth, Active Sussex’s Strategic Relationship Manager, who leads on the School Games said it was a fantastic experience for children on the day.
"This is a wonderful event that gives children a chance to compete and experience lots of different sports with a brilliant atmosphere," Jo said.
"And we would like to say a big thank you to Specsavers, Everyone Active, all our local partners, organisers and Young Leaders who made this event possible."
Mike Hart, PE and Sport Strategic Manager at Mid Sussex Active and a Sussex School Games organiser added: "There was such a positive and passionate atmosphere throughout the entire event. It was fantastic to see a perfect blend of fierce competitiveness and superb sportsmanship on display by the participants.
"An event such as this is tremendously exciting and inspiring for the children and Young Leaders involved. Both groups representing their respective areas with pride whilst also feeling proud to be part of the Sussex School Games."
The Sportshall Final is one of three localised levels of competition – in schools, between schools, and at county finals leading up to the Specsavers Sussex School Games, on Wednesday 26 June 2019, at the K2 Crawley.
The larger scale event, will see local children and young people aged 7-16 taking part on the day competing across a range of sports including: Athletics, Golf, Netball, Hockey, Stoolball, Football, Gymnastics, Cricket, Table Tennis and Climbing.
The fiercely-contested festival of sport, dubbed a mini-Olympics, is an exciting and fully inclusive competition for school children in England.
The Sussex event is just one of 120 regional School Games events taking place nationwide, backed by National Lottery Funding from Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and sponsored locally by Specsavers and Everyone Active.
County finals for Badminton and Primary School cross country, both in March, are the next competitions in the lead up to the Specsavers Sussex School Games 2019.
Full Specsavers Sussex School Games Sportshall Final gallery here