Over 3,000 pupils compete in the Hampshire School Games 2018
Over 3,000 young sporting enthusiasts competed at the Hampshire School Games on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June. The event took place at the military facilities in Aldershot, giving young people across the county the opportunity to showcase their talent through sports competition.
The School Games is a fully inclusive competition for Years 3 to 10 with a sport for everyone, whatever their ability. It is a unique opportunity for young people to enjoy a taste of sport on a larger stage. Multi Skills and Aquathlon were introduced this year, providing further opportunities to participate.
Building on the legacy of the Olympics, The School Games is designed to ensure that every school and every child can thrive in school sport. It aims to motivate and inspire more young people to participate.
Each day of The Games began with an opening ceremony and inspiring speech from European 5,000m Bronze Medallist and two times Olympian Steph Twell.
Primary Schools were the first to compete on the Thursday in a range of sports, including Multi Skills, Gymnastics and Hockey. Secondary Schools closed the event on Friday, competing in sports including Basketball, Inclusive Swimming and Rounders.
Sharon Robertson, Strategic Lead for Children and Young People at Energise Me, said:
“It was great to see so many young people participating in such a wide range of sports and enjoying being physically active. This year’s teams really demonstrated the School Games Values of determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork. We are already looking forward to inspiring more young people at next year’s event.”
In between the competitions, pupils and spectators got the chance to try something new at the Challenge Zone. A Dash and Grab inflatable, Climbing Wall, Cricket, Dodgeball and Archery were just some of the activities on offer.
We hope that the Games will inspire participants to continue in their sport through further competition or by joining a club.