On Thursday 7th July schools from across Lincolnshire came together for the Summer School Games.
Schools across the county had been competing all year to win a place at this final event held at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.
A carnival procession coordinated by ArtsNK kicked off the event, with carnival queen Karis Betts taking centre stage with a 15ft high costume. Children from schools in Lincolnshire followed behind performing a carnival dance they’d been taught in workshops.
Over 1,000 athletes took part in the event which ran smoothly thanks to almost 200 volunteers and staff members.
A variety of sports were played including Boccia, Hockey, Swimming, Athletics, Rounders, Volleyball, Tri Golf, Inclusive Golf, Tennis and Pop Lacrosse.
Isobel Cole, 14, from Walton Girls School, was a volunteer at the Games. She said: “My day has been eventful, exciting, and I have learned many new skills including how to play boccia and what the rules of the game are.”
Brandon Buckley, 15, from King Edward VI school, said: “Today has been good, I have enjoyed competing in volleyball and representing my school.”
Miss Pell, PE teacher at Walton Girls school, said: “We are all having a fantastic time. This is a great event, and it’s great to see lots of schools coming together as one community.”
The Activity Marketplace, which included giant hamster balls, sumo suits and tug of war, was very popular and Grantham Capoeira also held workshops throughout the day.
On the day, Ian Brown, Project Delivery Officer at Active Lincolnshire, said: “Everyone’s really enjoying the day. There’s a competitive atmosphere but everyone’s here to have fun as well.
“When they’re not taking part in a sport the schools are engaging with the activity marketplace, dance workshops and face painting which is really good to see. The weather’s stayed nice too which is always a bonus.”
A number of VIPs attended the Summer School Games festival including Olympic Swimmer Ross Davenport who made a pledge at the opening ceremony, and presenter Mike Smith who compered athletics.
Both BBC Radio Lincolnshire and BBC East Midlands Today covered the high-profile event. The opening ceremony of the Summer School Games festival will even feature in a BBC documentary called “Our Rio”.
The School Games were coordinated by Active Lincolnshire, School Sports Partnerships of Lincolnshire, SGOs and NGBs.
For all the scores from the day click here.