1200 Young Athletes have a fantastic day at Summer School Games Finals
Posted: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:02
The 2017 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 6th July at Moulton College, as almost 1500 young athletes all gathered together to compete in a variety of sports to try and become County Champions.
The 2017 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 6th July at Moulton College, as almost 1200 young athletes all gathered together to compete in a variety of sports to try and become County Champions.
100 young leaders from local schools and clubs across the county supported the running of the competitions. Having completed a training programme prior to the event, they helped Northamptonshire Sport and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) with the smooth running of the Games.
95 schools from across the county participated and represented their School Sport Partnership in 19 different Competitions including: Archery and Arrows Inclusive Archery, Athletics (Quadkids), Basketball, a Change4Life festival finale, Cycling, Goalball, Hockey, Quick sticks Hockey, Multi Skills, Netball, Rounders, Rugby Sevens, Softball and Tennis.
The Northamptonshire School Games is part of the National School Games Programme; an Olympic Legacy programme, now in its fifth year. Delivered in the County by Northamptonshire Sport, the programme consists of two events: the Winter Games (held this year at Kettering Sports Arena in February), and the Summer Games. For the schools taking part it was the culmination of 4 months of inter-school and intra-school competitions within each of the 5 Northamptonshire School Sport Partnerships, the winners of which made it through to this Summer's Grand Final.
Athletes entered Moulton College's fantastic new Athletics track in their School Sport Partnership groups as part of a parade. Each School Sport Partnership was led in by a flag bearer from their district who has shown exceptional qualities in School Sport. Once assembled, we were treated to 7 fantastic dance routines from pupils at Overstone Primary School.
Moulton College Principal, Steve Davies then welcomed everyone to the College before our Sporting Champion, GB Wheelchair Basketball player Claire Griffiths took the stage. Claire gave an inspirational talk about her determination to play sport following the horse riding accident which left her paralysed.
Before each team went to their competitions, a representative from each partnership made a pledge relating to each of the school games values and Claire concluded with her pledge about Passion and always trying hard.
Gary Sheppard Assistant Director of Northamptonshire Sport said "Today we had the pleasure of hosting yet another fantastic day of school sport. In addition to the strongly contested competitions , the display of the School Games core values of; Respect, Self belief , Determination, Honesty, Fair Play and Passion were all recognised. 'Spirit of the Games' wrist bands were awarded to competitors demonstrating these core values during their competitions. The quality and quantity of competitors in the School Games programme here in Northamptonshire is bigger and better than ever before which shows us the value that PE and School Sport brings to schools, teachers, pupils and young leaders ."
South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership narrowly took the overall School Games title from Northampton School Sports Partnership for the 4th year running. Congratulations to all the schools who represented the Partnership throughout the year - it was our small defeat ever!