Over 3,000 young people compete in the 2017 Hampshire School Games
Over 3,000 young sporting stars descended on Aldershot for The Hampshire School Games on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June. The county-wide competition showcases the young sporting talent we have in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, across a variety of different sports.
The Hampshire School Games forms part of the national School Games, an exciting fully inclusive competition for school children, giving them the opportunity to experience a large scale multi-sport event. The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire more young people into sport. Building on the legacy of London 2012 and Rio 2016, it’s designed to make sure that every school and every child has a chance to get involved – whatever their ability.
The event was a huge success bringing together schools from across the county, competition was high but whether they won or lost, everyone competing did a fantastic job representing their schools. Primary Schools were the first to compete on the Thursday in a range of sports, including: Athletics, Tag Rugby, Football, Swimming, Basketball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Tri-Golf, Tennis, Netball and Panathlon. With Secondary Schools closing the event on Friday, competing in: Athletics, Football, Volleyball, Rounders, Basketball, Tennis, Netball, Boccia and New Age Kurling.
A full list of results can be found in the downloads section.
In between their competitions, competitors and spectators got the chance to try their hand at climbing, human table football, archery, sitting volleyball, shooting with Surrey Scorchers and much more in The Challenge Zone – which were all extremely popular.
Sharon Robertson, Strategic Lead for Children and Young People at Energise Me said:
“This year’s event has been even bigger than before and we’re pleased to have been able to host more competitions and encourage more young people to be physically active. It’s been wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves in their sports and really living and breathing the School Games Values of determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!”
The Games is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England and embodies the Olympic values – respect, excellence, courage, determination and friendship. It is hoped that the majority of participants will be inspired to continue to compete and train at local sports clubs beyond their experiences last week.
For further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games go to www.yourschoolgames.com