On Thursday 20th June 1,500 young athletes from across Bucks and Milton Keynes took part in a ‘mini-Olympic’ style festival of sportin the exciting culmination of a year’s worth of sporting competition across the county.
Starting at the prestigious Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympic Games, all 1,500 children took to the main hall for a spectacular opening ceremony. Showcasing dancers from Bourton Meadow School and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School along with the impressive Swing Band from Holmer Green Senior School. The ceremony ended with an thrilling Mascot race, involving different mascots from each of the eight School Games Areas, and leaving the young athletes full of excitement for the competitions during the rest of the day.
The teams of athletes then moved to their chosen sporting arena, one of 4 across Aylesbury, to take part in their specialist sport. The day certainly promoted Olympic and Paralympic values, with its Fair Play Awards and the focus on participation by young people with disabilities, girls and other under-represented groups.
Michaela Smith, Sports Development Manager and Head of Young People at Bucks Sport, explains: “Today was a great opportunity for our young people to take part in their own ‘mini-Olympic’ style festival of sport, make new friends and have lots of fun. And I trust it will leave them feeling inspired to continue to take part in sport for years to come.”
So how does the School Games work?
Here in Buckinghamshire The School Games use the power and energy of London 2012, and offers young people in our schools the opportunity to be inspired to take part in sport for life. A programme of competitions, complementing existing provision, are running across the county between now and the end of the academic year. Schools can enter teams into any competitions they choose. The winning team from each Level 2 competition will represent their school at the Level 3 showcase County Festival.
Level 1: Intra school competitions / sports days
Level 2: Schools nominate individuals and/or teams to enter local inter-school competitions
Level 3: Winning teams from Level 2 attend a County School Games multi-sport festival
Level 4: The Sainsbury’s School Games final: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK are selected to compete at our most iconic venues including the Olympic Park.
“The School Games are a nationwide initiative to build on the excellent successes of the School Sports Partnership projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people and will showcase the positive impact that competitive sport can have.”
Jonathan Oliver Chair of Bucks & Milton Keynes School Games Organising Committee & Head Teacher at The Wye Valley School
How does your school get involved?
Contact your local school games organiser (listed below) for further information about School Games events in your area and register your school’s interest at www.yourschoolgames.com
Karen Donelly, Alfriston School: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01494 673043
Emma Howard, Buckingham Partnership: email@example.com Tel: 01280 818926 / 07791701665
Kate Chaplin, Dr Challoners Partnership: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01494 763296
Nina Sweetland, Leon Partnership: email@example.com Tel: 01908 624720 x263
Katy Kelly, Mandeville Partnership: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01296 424472
Amber Ollier, Milton Keynes North Partnership: email@example.com Tel: 01908 682215 / 07757 512368
Emma Hewitt, Sir William Borlase Partnership: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01628 816543
Andy Cavil, Wye Valley Partnership: email@example.com Tel: 01628 648594 / 07988697855
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