*Posted of behalf of Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport*
Thousands of athletes continue to experience and be inspired by the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Programme, now in its sixth year.
North Charnwood were crowned 2016/17 School Games Champions after an action-packed Summer Championships on Friday 30 June.
Held at the impressive Uppingham School Sports Centre, over 1,000 aspiring athletes represented their School and Partnership areas. The teams reached the Championships after progressing through earlier partnership finals and found themselves battling it out in a range of sports and competitions. Teams competed in Quadkids Athletics, Kwik Cricket, Swimming, Tri-Golf, Hockey, Netball, Sportsability and the Change 4 Life Festival.
The day kicked off with the energetic Rutland Youth Dance Academy, who got athletes, teachers and parents out of their seats and ready for the activities ahead. They were followed by GO GOLD funded 400m hurdler Ben Higgins, who is set to compete at the National School Games in August.
Three hours of high quality action followed, with teams aiming to become county champions in their respective competition and give their Partnership valuable points on the medals table. North Charnwood emerged victorious following Super-Series Finals, the Spring and Summer Championships, topping the Medals Table with 245 points. The Spirit of the Games Champions were Melton & Belvoir who showed most determination, passion and respect throughout the School Games programme this year, winning 7 individual Spirit trophies.
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, in partnership with the School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs), deliver the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Programme, which is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport. It is open to all young people aged 5-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds from every school.
Claire Jarvis, School Games Manager from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport said: “This year has seen another fantastic School Games Summer Championships, with over 1,000 young people attending and competing. The young athletes were inspired by GO GOLD athlete Ben Higgins, who started his journey at School Games Athletics and is now competing nationally and internationally in the 400m Hurdles alongside studying for his GCSE’s! He is also set to compete at the UK National School Games, which take place in Loughborough again this year.”
The School Games fever sets to continue with the 2017 National School Games Finals taking place at Loughborough University from 31 August – 3 September. The best young stars from across the country all come together to take part in the four-day extravaganza.
There are exclusive opportunities available just for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Schools, including £1 tickets via school group bookings. Primary Schools taking up this fantastic opportunity will also be able to access a fantastic Education Activity Pack with information, activities and ideas for Teachers and Pupils to use before, during and following the National Finals. For more information visit schoolgamesfinals.org/school-engagement