Up-and-coming young sports stars from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight lined up in their own sporting competitions over the weekend on Friday 20 & Saturday 21 June.
Over 2,500 young people competed in the Hampshire Games, part of the Sainsbury’s School Games initiative, across a range of sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Cycling, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Netball, New Age Kurling, Rounders, Squash, Swimming Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis, Tri-Golf, Trampolining and Volleyball at the Military Facilities in Aldershot.
In attendance at the Games opening ceremony on Friday 20 was Team GB 1500 metre runner, Steph Twell. On Saturday 21, Hampshire Talented Athlete Leanne Davies, Javelin, opened the Hampshire Games.
The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are designed to build on the magic of London 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.
The Hampshire Games is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England. It is fully inclusive and increases the opportunities for young people to take part in sport throughout the year; offering some young people their first taste of county-wide competition.
The Hampshire Games also provided a Challenge Zone for young people and spectators to try various different activities throughout both days including a climbing wall, assault course, bungee run, smoothie bike and Table Tennis.
Great Britain Runner, Steph Twell, said:
“As someone who has represented Great Britain, I feel it is really important for me to give something back to sport because it has given me so much. That is why I love being a Sport England Sporting Champion and working with young people. I take great pride in the part I play in motivating and inspiring young people to take up sport and raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve. For me, it is just a great way of sharing my experiences and knowledge to educate and help others choose the right paths in life and be the very best they can be.”
Chair of the Local Organising Committee Anna Dawson, said:
“The Hampshire Games continues to grow year on year and the level of commitment and dedication of the children this year has been exceptional. Every child should leave the games feeling inspired to continue to take part in sport and physical activity and relish the opportunity to compete against others. The Local Organising Committee is proud to be helping children gain experience in friendly competition throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”
The School Games is sponsored by Sainsbury’s and supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, Department for Education and is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.
For further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games go to www.yourschoolgames.com
Sports Development Officer
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