Sussex Schools go head to head at 2018 Sussex School Games
Held at the fantastic K2 Crawley on Wednesday 27th June, this year’s Sussex School Games saw local children and young people aged 7-16 taking part on the day. In total, more than 1,000 children competed for medals in 11 competitions across a range of sports including: Athletics, Golf, Netball, Hockey, Stoolball, Football, Hockey, Gymnastics, Cricket, Table Tennis and Climbing.
84 schools from all over the county took part in the fiercely-contested festival of sport. The event, 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.
By design, the School Games look to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people in Sussex to take part in competitive sport. However, this year with the Change4Life programme for non-competing children, we also had more than 70 additional children joining into specialist Table Tennis and Climbing sessions. With the introduction of this new programme alongside the traditional format, the event was also increasingly focused on building young people’s passion for sport and physical activity and encouraging life-long activity habits.
With four levels of competition leading to the Games: competition in schools, between schools, at county level and at the finals, the School Games is backed by National Lottery Funding from Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and is sponsored by Active Sussex Corporate partner Freedom Leisure.
The Games are 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 Games also received support from our 250 fantastic Young Leaders who are trained to support the competitions.
Special guest – Simon Munn MBE
The opening ceremony saw special guest Wheelchair Basketball athlete and seven time Paralympian Simon Munn MBE welcoming participants and delivering a motivational speech. Simon said,
“It’s fantastic to be at the Sussex School Games and to be able to inspire the next generation of athletes. Being a seven-time Paralympian and having played for 26 years at top level, I want to share my experiences with the younger generation who are coming through.
“Competitive sport gives you the opportunity to travel the world, to compete for your country and to form life-long friendships. I would encourage the young people of Sussex to get involved in sport, to train hard and to follow their dreams! The next Olympians and Paralympians could be competing at this Games!”
Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive who attended the Games went on to say, “2018 has been another successful year for school sport and this event simply couldn’t happen without the support of our funders, local partners and local organisers who work tirelessly from September onwards running the level 1 and 2 schools events which feed into today’s grand finale. We would therefore like to say a big thank you to our corporate partner Freedom Leisure and our School Games Organisers for their continued support.
Managing Director of Freedom Leisure, Ivan Horsfall-Turner said: “We are delighted to have been involved with the 2018 Sussex School Games, hosting them at K2 Crawley again this year.
“K2 Crawley is an extensive facility and provides a well-equipped and inviting space for local children to compete, and because this event is very well organised with strong support from schools in Sussex, it really does succeed in encouraging more young people to participate in competitive school sport.”
Through organising the Sussex School Games, Active Sussex are delighted to be able to provide a platform for the next generation of Sussex’s sensational sports stars. We are proud to see so many young people participating in sport and physical activity, developing their passion and realising their potential.
Results – top three final standings
- Southern Area
- Mid Sussex
- Central Sussex
For further information about the School Games please visit www.schoolgames.org