Up-and-coming young sports stars from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight lined up in their own sporting competitions on Friday 19 June
Over 2,000 young people competed in the Hampshire Games, part of the Sainsbury’s School Games initiative, across a range of sports including Athletics, Basketball, Boccia, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, New Age Kurling, Rounders, Swimming, Tag Rugby, Tennis, Tri-Golf, Trampolining, Volleyball, Canoeing and Panathlon at the Military Facilities in Aldershot
In attendance at the School Games opening ceremony was Team GB World Champion 400 metre runner, Lesley Owusu and England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Claire Purdy.
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 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 Games also provided a Challenge Zone for young people and spectators to try various different activities throughout both days including a climbing wall, mountain biking, Tchoukball, Smoothie bike, Handball, Golf and Archery
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, commented: “What a marvellous day. To see children and young people of varying ages and abilities, from all over the county, taking part in such a diverse range of sports was absolutely fantastic. It was clear that everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves and their enthusiasm was infectious. Yet another excellent example of partners working together for the benefit of the young people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. My congratulations to Sport Hampshire & IOW for making it such a success.”
Great Britain Athlete, Lesley Owusu, said:
“It’s phenomenal that young people get the chance to have a taste of so many different sports. Having a multi-themed event like this, whether your running, jumping, throwing, swimming… whatever your passion or interest is, they can try a sport that they’re good at and also be competitive in that elementand be able to stretch and push themselves.”
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 Manager