Hundreds of young athletes took part in the Sainsbury’s School Games Summer Festival at Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln Castle Academy and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln on Wednesday, July 9.
Over 750 children from 90 primary and secondary schools took part in eight sports and a total of twelve different competitions and five inclusive events on a bumper day of action, health and well-being.
Students from schools across Lincolnshire were welcomed by Lincoln’s Winter Paralympic medalist Jade Etherington and athletics London 2012 Paralympian and Sporting Champion Sam Ruddock, who shared their experiences and cheered on the competitors throughout the day.
School teams from across the county took part in various competitions throughout the year in order to qualify for the festival. The games began with a vibrant opening ceremony, where the students paraded their artwork and mascots in time to live drumming by Djembe drumming band, followed by a dance performance from ArtsNK.
The festival, which is organised by Active Lincolnshire in partnership with the Local Organising Committee, welcomed students of all abilities to take part in eight sports including athletics, boccia, goalball, golf, hockey, rounders, tennis and volleyball.
Some 150 young leaders also gave up their spare time to provide support on the day.
The winning teams awarded with trophies at the closing ceremony were:
- • Athletics – Ambergate MLD School (KS3/4 MLD)
• Boccia – St George’s Secondary School (KS3/4)
• Goalball – Lacey Gardens Primary School (KS2)
• Golf – St Michaels Louth (Yr 3/4)
• Rounders – Grantham Prep School (Yr 6)
• Rounders – Bourne Academy (Yr 10)
• Tennis – Tower Road Primary School (Yr 3/4)
• Volleyball – Priory Ruskin Academy (U15 Boys)
• Volleyball – Skegness Grammar (U15 Girls)
Sam Ruddock, Active Lincolnshire’s Sporting Champion for the Games, said: “It’s so important that we inspire young people and ensure they know the importance of sport and physical activity. It takes a lifetime of hard work to become an Paralympian and I try to advise children that passion, enthusiasm and being the best you can be are the best qualities to have in sport and when competing. Today has been an inspirational day and it is great to see such a wide range of sports taking place, especially the four inclusive sports.”
The Sainsbury’s School Games were another part of a national initiative to give every pupil in the country the opportunity to experience competitive sport and feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy.
Jo Purkiss, Sport Project Officer at Active Lincolnshire, said: “It was a fantastic day of sporting legacy. The buzz and excitement around the whole event was amazing and the inspiration that Sporting Champion Sam Ruddock, Lincolnshire’s very own Jade Etherington and LEAP athlete Lee Cupit gave to the children was unbelievable; they certainly had plenty of t-shirt signing practice throughout the day!”
Jo added: “All credit to the athletes involved when they were performing. The schools displayed all the Sainsbury’s School Games values and really pushed themselves to succeed. We also recognise the incredible support of the National Governing Bodies, clubs, host sites and facilities, and volunteers who all make these events happen.”
For more information on the School Games visit www.lincolnshiresport.com/schoolsport
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