Over 3,000 pupils competed in the Hampshire School Games 2019
Over 3,000 young sporting enthusiasts joined Energise Me at the Hampshire School Games on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June. The county-wide event allowed young people to showcase their talent through sports competition. The School Games was hosted at the military facilities in Aldershot. Netball, Multi-skills, Volleyball and Athletics were just a handful of the sports being played.
The Hampshire School Games is an exciting fully inclusive competition for Years 3 to 10. This means that there is a sport for everyone, whatever their ability. Bringing together schools from across the whole county, the competition offers a unique opportunity for young people to enjoy a taste of the wider sporting stage.
For many young people this year’s Games was their first experience of playing at a county level. The introduction of Racket Skills and Handball meant there were even more opportunities to compete.
The Games began with an opening ceremony and inspiring speech from Team England Beach Volleyball player and Hampshire Talented Athlete Chris Gregory. Primary Schools were the first to compete on the Thursday in a range of sports, including Tri-Golf, Gymnastics and Hockey. Secondary Schools closed the event on Friday competing in Basketball, Aquathlon and New Age Kurling.
Each year, the Hampshire School Games embodies the School Games values – determination, passion, respect, honesty, teamwork and self-respect. Through the Games, Energise Me aims to inspire participants to continue in their sport – either through further competition or by joining a local club.
The quality of the competition was very high among the schools. Whether the school won or lost the School Games values were respected.
Sharon Robertson, Strategic Lead for Children and Young People at Energise Me said:
“This year’s teams really demonstrated the School Games Values of determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork. We are grateful to Blue Sky Fostering who sponsored GB Archery and the Assault Course in the Challenge Zone which gave young people the chance to try something new. It was great to see so many young people participating in such a wide range of sports and enjoying being physically active.”
The Games is backed by National Lottery funding through Sport England. For further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games go to www.yourschoolgames.com