School Games 2019 – What will this year’s event have in store?
On Friday 28th June 2019, Keele University will be taken over for the day by over two thousand young athletes for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent School Games. These athletes are pupils from schools all across the county who will be competing in a variety of sports whilst representing their school, in the hope of taking home a trophy.
The sports the pupils will partake in this year are:
- Cross Country
- Tri Golf
- Rugby Mega Fest
- This Girl Can Festival: Football, Boxing, Dance and Tennis
This year, for the first time, the day will include the This Girl Can Festival. This will consist of Year 9 girls from 7 schools across the County taking part in football, boxing, dance and tennis. The girls have come together to co-design all elements of the festival from the sports, deliverers and the atmosphere. The aim of this festival is to inspire, encourage and develop their interest in physical activity.
Senior Independent Director of the Board, Kimiyo Rickett, says “As Director of a strategic organisation, we don’t often have the opportunity to see the work of SASSOT come to life in the faces of hundreds of young people. The School Games is an important event in the calendar of sport for young people.
“I am very grateful to the many people who put so much effort into the Games; young volunteers, teachers, SASSOT staff, partners, the competitors and performers all contribute to what will be a wonderful day.”
One of the guests this year is Sports Star Laura Samuel, a GB and International Triple Jumper. Laura first got into athletics aged 9; she started as a sprinter and moved on to the long jump at the age of age 16.
Laura became the British Senior Champion at the age of 18 and has achieved 5 British titles. She jumped her personal best of 14.09m in 2014 at the Commonwealth Games, achieving a silver medal. Her aim over the next couple of years is to attend the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Laura’s biggest rule in athletics is to have fun!
The event will begin with an energetic opening ceremony featuring dance performances by students from Haywood Academy and The King’s Church of England School. Haywood Academy won the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent School Games’ first ever Dance audition competition, with the prize being a slot to perform at this very event.
The pupils taking part in the sports will then complete a mass warm-up to prepare them for their busy day ahead. Throughout the day, the Athletes Village will be open for everyone to enjoy a variety of activities including Ultimate Frisbee, face painting and circus skills.
At the end of the day when all competitions have taken place, the awards ceremony will commence where the guest Sports Star will award the winners and runners-up with their medals and trophies.
Find out more about the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent School Games on the website here.
As part of this event, we will also be celebrating Youth Sport Trust National School Sport Week (NSSW) which will inspire schools and supporters to use Physical Education and school sport much more intentionally to promote wellbeing and support the personal development of young people.
Children will have the opportunity to take part in ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ between 24th to 28th June.
The Youth Sport Trust, which has been working in partnership with education for 24 years to improve the provision and impact of physical education, play and sport, has said too many young people are missing out on the life-changing benefits that can be delivered with the right approach, and it’s time for change.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“It’s fantastic that schools are taking part and showing their commitment to championing the power of sport to improve young people’s lives.
“The wellbeing of young people has been in decline and too many are struggling with issues that a good quality Physical Education could support them with. But four in five young people aren’t active enough and schools have been cutting time for PE on the curriculum.
“To turn this around we need like-minded schools, teachers, parents, young people and others to join together this YST National School Sport Week and show why PE and sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s development and that the subject should have the same importance as Maths and English within a child’s education.”
Anyone can take part in YST National School Sport Week by signing up on the website. The charity will share key developments and provide free resources with schools and supporters to help promote events, offer tips and ideas for getting the most out of the week.
Follow and join in the conversation on social media using @YouthSportTrust #NSSW