This Sunday (July 8 2018) more than 500 young people from school’s across the county will be taking part in the Lincolnshire School Games at Grantham Meres Stadium. The Lincolnshire School Games aims to motivate and inspire young people across the county to take part in competitive school sport.
This year students will compete in sportshall athletics, hockey, tennis and golf as well as the inclusive sports of new age kurling, goalball and inclusive golf.
In Lincolnshire (and throughout the UK) there is a huge concern over the rise of inactivity and obesity in children, to combat this trend the School Games trialled the inclusion of Change4Life events within the School Games format for the first time last year.
Navaz Sutton, Director of Partnership at Active Lincolnshire said: “The school games has always been a celebration of the students and schools that excel in sport.
However, this year we have added a new element that we trialled last year – a Change4Life programme which is funded by Youth Sport Trust. This will mean that in addition to the traditional sports, we will have a number of activities taking place for students to take part in.
“The reason for the change is that we realise that we need to make sport and physical activity appealing to all students. Change4Life is brilliant as it underlines the importance of activity and diet as core components of a healthy life. If we can help young people make this link, then it will help us to address the huge concern in the rise of obesity and inactivity on children.”
The day will begin with displays by Stephen Gray, who will capture the excitement of World Cup season with a freestyle footballer performance and Lacey Gardens the Bollywood Dance troupe who recently came 6th at the National finals.
There is also the Activity Marketplace where students who aren’t competing can take part and try sports and various activities. Lynsey Norris, the senior project lead for this year’s School Games expands on the reasons for this, saying: “the School Games gives us an opportunity to uncover and celebrate the best in Lincolnshire, however the real message is the importance of activity and allowing all children to take part. Having Jonathan Broom-Edwards as our Sporting Champion, who is an inspirational Paralympic athlete who secured a silver in Rio de Janeiro and now works in Lincolnshire for Inspire+ is such a privilege and we can’t wait to see the positive message he will spread”
Active Lincolnshire is proud to support volunteering and that includes 100 young leaders who will be helping to officiate the sports and help us to run the day smoothly.
Change4Life is a national campaign that aims to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent people becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more. It is funded by the Youth Sports Trust.
For more information about Change4Life: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/how-it-works/change4life/
Timetable for the day:
9.30 – 10.15
Arrival and Registration
10.15 – 11.00
Welcome by Matt Evans (Chairman on the School Games Organisers)
11.00 – 14.30
14.30 – 15.00