Hundreds of school children in Lincolnshire were inspired by sport after competing at the Sainsbury’s School Games Lincolnshire Winter Festival at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre on Wednesday 4th March.
Approximately 650 children from 80 primary and secondary schools took part in six sports and a total of eight different competitions. School teams, ranging from ages 8 to 18, competed in a variety of sporting competitions including badminton, hockey, netball, new age kurling, swimming and volleyball.
Winning schools who placed first in their sports included; Carre’s Grammar School, William Farr, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Thomas Middlecott Academy, Parish Church Primary, Tower Road Primary, Spalding High School and St Botolph’s Primary.
Former Commonwealth Gold medallist, London 2012 Olympian and Sporting Champion, Ross Davenport was among the attendees at the event and said: “It’s inspiring to see the amount of young children competing in sports with a smile on their face and enjoying being active in an age where television and games consoles sometimes stop them from taking part.”
The competitors at the event were certainly inspired by the opportunity to meet Ross, with one parent commenting: “My son was literally buzzing with excitement after I picked him up. It sounds as though it was a wonderful opportunity for the children to take part in their own mini-Olympics and even meet an Olympic swimmer. I think it’s great that the Sainsbury’s School Games is giving the children the chance to take part in fun sports with children from other schools. They’re clearly gaining a lot from it”.
The Sainsbury’s School Games are 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 sport. The buzz and excitement around the whole event was amazing and the inspiration that Sporting Champion Ross Davenport gave to the children was unbelievable; Ross certainly had plenty of autograph signing practice throughout the day!”
Jo added: “A huge congratulations and thank you to all the competitors and volunteers who made the event so successful. We’d also like to recognise the incredible support of all of our partners who help to make these events happen.”
Grantham Meres Leisure Centre will also play host to the Sainsbury’s School Games Lincolnshire Summer Festival on 8th July 2015.
Winning schools and their events:
|St Botolph’s Primary||Year 5/6 Netball|
|Carre’s Grammar School||U13 Mixed Volleyball|
|Thomas Middlecott Academy||Secondary New Age Kurling|
|Spalding High School||KS3 Hockey|
|William Farr||KS3 Boys Badminton|
|Queen Elizabeth High School||KS3 Girls Badminton|
|Parish Church Primary||Year 3/4 Swimming|
|Tower Road Primary||Year 5/6 Swimming|
Photos from the event are available here: http://bit.ly/1Mecon5
Active Lincolnshire would like to thank Sainsbury’s, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, 1Life, the School Sports Partnerships of Lincolnshire, Sporting Champions, the Lincolnshire School Games Local Organising Committee, South Kesteven District Council, Arts NK, Epix Media, Chris Vaughan Photography, Ruddocks and County Cups for their continued support of the event.