First ever Herefordshire Virtual School Games a resounding success!
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:59
Last week more than 3000 young people and 35 schools took part in the inaugural Herefordshire Virtual School Games!
Funded by the National Lottery, the Sport England programme aims to inspire millions of children and young people to take part in school competition, as well as participation events across the country.
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that the usual Summer School Games festival was cancelled, however Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire and Stride Active didn't want pupils to go without.
Running for 5 days, the Herefordshire Virtual School Games challenged students, both in school and at home, to take part in several physical activity and sporting contests, based on the usual Herefordshire School Games sports.
Commencing with an Opening Ceremony, children took part in tennis, athletics, rugby, dance and basketball competitions before wrapping up in a closing ceremony on Friday. Local, national and international sporting stars including international dancer Chris Knight, professional basketball player Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Welsh Steeple Chaser, Tiegan Ward, were also on hand to inspire the children sending their messages of support.
3000 children and young people from 35 Herefordshire schools rose to the challenge, seizing the opportunity to represent their school.
Tim Knapp, Head of the Herefordshire School Games Local Organising Committee said 'This has been a challenging time for many schools and young people. We are so happy to have been able to bring young people and communities in Herefordshire together, offer some friendly competition and keep the sporting spirit alive. Huge thanks go to all of the schools and young people that took part'.
Kieram Hallam, Competition Manager at Stride Active said 'We were overwhelmed by the number of young people that took part in the games and their enthusiasm! Our social media has been full of young people enjoying taking part in the challenges and demonstrating the school games values, both at school and at home.'
As well as all the online activity, Stride Active also took the School Games on Tour! We cycled across the county, visiting 9 different schools, social distancing of course, to see them in action and get their thoughts on the virtual competitions that had been going on.
Goodrich School said 'It's been great. We have had lots of children being active and doing the challenges at home too. We have also used this to promote the school games values life self-belief, respect and team work and have seen these in all year groups from reception to year 6'
Withington School said 'The children are loving the challenges and we are even getting the less active taking part which is great. We have also have parents taking part with their children'.
To find out more about the Herefordshire School Games please visit https://www.activehw.co.uk/herefordshire-school-games or contact Huw Griffiths (Children & Young People's Project Manager) on firstname.lastname@example.org.