The Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games is back! Get ready for The Winter Games, and take on some incredible sports from the Winter Olympics.
Each Monday throughout February, 4 new winter sports challenges will be released, giving you the chance to ski, skate and even bobsleigh from the comfort of your own living room. You won’t need any special equipment, and whether you’re competing on your own or your whole school is taking part, anyone can get involved.
So, will you keep your cool and conquer the leaderboard this February?
How Does it Work?
Throughout the week you can practice, train and improve, before submitting your best scores in each challenge on www.sussexschoolgames.co.uk ahead of the Friday deadline (12pm midday). Your score will be added to your school total, meaning that you can be part of your school team, and compete against all of the other schools in the county.
Your school’s total score will be calculated by taking the average of participants’ scores, so it doesn’t matter whether you are at a small school or a huge school. Children representing the winning schools will be awarded with, much-coveted, Specsavers Sussex School Games medals, as well as earning points for the overall leaderboards.
In addition to the leaderboards, schools can also win Spirit of the Games awards for getting the most participants involved in each sport. And we also have some special prizes to give out on social media each week to those who are training hard and embracing the School Games values.
And it doesn’t stop there. As well as crowning separate Primary and Secondary school champions, we also have trophies in the ‘Active Adults’ category, meaning that big kids (teachers, parents, carers and family-members) can all get involved and represent the school too.
It’s never too late to get involved, with a new sport, and a new set of medals, released at 9.30am, every Monday morning. You can get going straight away.
Get updates, challenges and results direct to your inbox by signing up here.
You can also follow on social media for a chance to win more prizes and some special surprises:
Practice makes perfect, and to be your very best you are encouraged to train and improve during the week.
Every Monday, we’ll be setting a new training challenge alongside the sporting competition, giving you the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher as a prize.
Simply upload your training videos and pictures to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and include the hashtag #SussexSchGames, and a weekly winner will be selected at random.
Note: Please ensure that you are following the rules when it comes to age restrictions on social media. Photos/Videos must be shared from an appropriate account. It is strong advised that content is shared from a parent/carer’s account, or from a school account with parental permission. Photos/Videos from underage accounts will not be eligible for this prize.
Scoring Updates from 2020
Those who took part in the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games in the summer of 2020, will notice some updates to the way the scoring system works.
Firstly, participants will be awarded points for every challenge, based on their ranking against other participants. If you are in the top 5% you will score 100 points, 6-10% will score 98 points, 11-15% will score 96 points etc. This will help to balance the scoring across challenges, and stops one single challenge having an extreme weighting.
Secondly, helping to create a fairer scoring system, every school will be given a zero scorer for each challenge. This will mean that extreme scores will have less of an effect on the overall leaderboard.
About the School Games
The School Games is a national programme, funded by Sport England through National Lottery funding and supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Health.
In Sussex, the School Games is delivered by the Sussex Local Organising Committee, Active Sussex and the Sussex School Games Organiser network, and supported by headline sponsor, Specsavers, along with a range of key partners.
For more information about the Specsavers Sussex School Games, and the events run in normal circumstances, please click here.
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