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Over 3,000 young people come together “virtually” to compete in our first School Games Virtual Summer Championships!

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:30

Over 3,000 young people come together “virtually” to compete in our first School Games Virtual Summer Championships!

We may be still physically distanced from each other but that didn't stop school children from across the county coming together, virtually, to take part in our first School Games Virtual Summer Championships. With over 3,000 young people putting forward their best score in a range of challenges, we had over 15,000 entries into the 4 sports categories.

Our week-long championships started on Monday 22nd June (the start of National School Sport Week) and ran throughout the week with young people able to take part in our challenges and upload their scores to represent their school.

Our virtual event gave even more young people the opportunity to participate and represent their school in this interactive county-wide competition, as the challenges were open to all and accessible whether they were taking part individually at home, or were now back in a school environment. 123 schools were represented in the competition.

This first ever Leicester-Shire and Rutland School Games Virtual Summer Championships was supported by a range of professional sports teams and sports personalities from across our county and beyond. Leicester City star and England international James Maddison pledged his support for the event along with a host of talented sports stars and Team GB Olympians & Paralympians, including those that should have been heading out to Tokyo themselves this summer. They recorded messages of support and took part in the challenges to motivate and challenge the young people taking part in the event.

These videos were used to not only explain the challenges but give young people a chance to engage with and try to beat the professional.

Vicki Brown from County Champion, Ab Kettleby Primary School said, "The children really enjoyed taking part in the different challenges and representing Team Melton & Belvoir. It was nice also to see the children from our school featuring on East Midlands Today."

Caren Godsell from Orchard Primary School also commented, "We have had great fun doing this and have posted some of the pictures on Twitter. Thanks for giving the children an opportunity to enjoy the lovely weather we are having at the moment!"

LRS Sports Development Officer, Liam Drake who runs the County-wide school sport offer has said, "Our School Games Virtual Summer Championships was a huge success that exceeded the aims and expectations that we had in terms of the engagement of young people across the county. We would like to put on record our huge thanks to everyone involved - schools, pupils, staff and parents; SSPAN staff and all of the sportspeople, GO GOLD athletes and famous faces that took the time to record good luck massages and film themselves taking some of the HiFIVE challenges.

As well as being a fantastic event, the Virtual Summer Championships has confirmed to us that there is an appetite for virtual school sport events and competitions, not only in the short term whilst we go through the current situation, but also beyond that which will hopefully allow us to make these events more sustainable and engage with even more young people, particularly those who don't necessarily get or take the opportunity to represent their school in "traditional" school sports competitions."

Results:

Overall County Champions (PRIMARY)

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Ab Kettleby Primary

Melton

1096

2nd

Stathern Primary

Melton

900

3rd

Husbands Bosworth Primary

Blaby & Harborough

865

Overall County Champions (SECONDARY)

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Rushey Mead

East Leicester

619

2nd

Loughborough High

North Charnwood

531

3rd

Robert Smyth Academy

Blaby & Harborough

454

Overall SSPAN Champions

Position

SSSPAN

Points

1st

West Leicester

589

2nd

North West Leics

571

3rd

Rutland

546

Sports Category Top 3

Ball Sports

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Ab Kettleby Primary

Melton

108

2nd

Stathern Primary

Melton

89

3rd

Bringhurst Primary

Rutland

69

Summer Sports

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Ellistown Primary

NWL

94

2nd

Husbands Bosworth Primary

Blaby & Harborough

89

3rd

St Thomas More Primary

East Leicester

83

Athletics

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Burbage Primary

Hinckley & Bosworth

81

2nd

Ab Kettleby Primary

Melton

71

3rd

Brooke Hill Primary

Rutland

60

Inclusive Sports

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Parks Primary

West Leicester

169

2nd

Ellistown Primary

NWL

146

3rd

Stathern Primary

Melton

124

SPIRIT of the Games County Champions - PRIMARY

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Newcroft Primary Academy

North Charnwood

161

2nd

Parks Primary

West Leicester

146

3rd

Orchard Comm. Primary

North Charnwood

118

SPIRIT of the Games County Champions - SECONDARY

Position

School Name

SSPAN

Points

1st

Charnwood College

North Charnwood

73

2nd

The Market Bosworth School

Hinckley & Bosworth

35

3rd

Rushey Mead Academy

West Leicester

26

SPIRIT - SSPAN Champions

Position

SSPAN

Points

1st

Hinckley & Bosworth

18

2nd

Blaby & Harborough

14

3rd

North Charnwood

13

Over 3,000 young people come together “virtually” to compete in our first School Games Virtual Summer Championships!

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