2016 Cornwall School Games Raises Aspirations and Builds Character!
"3000 competitors, 25 sports, 200 young volunteers raising aspirations and building character - awesome!"Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of Youth Sport Trust
On Friday 1st July, over 3000 budding young sports stars from across Cornwall came to Penzance to compete in the 2016 Cornwall School Games. Held across 7 venues Humphry Davy School, Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance Leisure Centre, Carn Brea Athletics Track, The Mennaye Fields, Penzance Hockey Club and Penzance Promenade students took part in over 40 events including Swimming, Dance, Volleyball, Cricket, Netball, Skate & Scoot, Bowls plus many more. There was also a Projectability Competition held at Humphry Davy School making this a unique event fully inclusive to everyone!
Tim Marrion, Manager at Cornwall Sports Partnership and Lead organiser of the School Games said; "These games are a true celebration of PE and School Sport in Cornwall that brings together all the hard work of PE departments across the county and School Games Organisers to one central venue to inspire young people to be the very best they can be. It is incredibly special to bring the games this year down to Penzance home of our very own Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover and six nations winning England Rugby star Jack Nowell."
Piloted in 2011 in Cornwall, which saw over 1,000 students from 32 schools compete in a number of sporting events, the School Games now takes place in all Counties across the Country.
And the games continue to grow each year with approximately 20,000 Cornish Primary and Secondary students from 200 Cornish Schools competing over the course of each year.
Set across four levels nationally, the School Games framework is fully inclusive and has been designed to increase the amount of competitive sport taking place across the school year. From class versus class and school versus school, through to countywide sports festivals and culminating in a national finals event, this year taking place in Loughborough University from 1st - 4th September 2016 - the School Games is a real celebration of sport.
It wasn't just winning that competitors had on their minds. In a new twist this year organisers are recognising both depth and breadth of performance across all the finals events throughout the year. Whether you came 1st or 8th it all mattered as points were allocated and counted towards a new 'Championship Race' that charts the achievement of schools across each of the sport competitions and named after Jack Nowell and Helen Glover. For the latest standing please visit: www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk/cornwallschoolgames/results-qualifiers
Competitors were supported by International Cricketer and Penzance Director of Cricket Greg Smith and Cornwall's very own Olympic Rowing Silver Medallist Annie Vernon who said; "I had a wonderful time at the Cornwall School Games and I was very privileged to be the prize giver and be present at the opening ceremony. Dealing with the pressure and excitement of big events like this will set the children up for whatever they do in the future. Getting so many schools together is a huge logistical challenge here in Cornwall but is definitely worth the extra travelling as we are able to celebrate the best of Cornish sport".
The 2016 Cornwall School Games has been organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Local School Games Organisers, Cornwall Schools and Head Teachers and the different National Governing Bodies of Sport through a Local Organising Committee.
Andy Harvey, Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Vice Principal at Mounts Bay Academy said; "The School Games provides that important balance that all of us involved in sport strive for, the opportunity for huge numbers to take part in sport along with a platform for elite performers to compete against the best countywide. It also provided an opportunity for young adults to experience Sports Leadership with over 200 leaders helping to organise, umpire and marshall the performers to make events run smoothly".
None of this however would be possible without the 200 young volunteers who are trained throughout the year to become School Games Makers. On behalf of all the Cornwall School Games Organisers we would like to say a huge thank you to all the Volunteers for their help and support.
Head teacher Bill Marshall from the dual host School Humphry Davy also commented "Cornwall can truly be proud that staff and students from around the county exemplified each of the six values of the games. Never less than 100% passion and determination; evidence of self-belief and respect for all other competitors; honesty in the fair way students took part and above all, amazing teamwork on every level! Congratulations to all those who took part in the true spirit of the Games and good luck to all those who now go on to represent Cornwall in the regional finals. You were amazing!".
You can see photo's from the day on the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page here www.facebook.com/CornwallSchoolGames/
The future of the games are uncertain at this time with funding not confirmed next year. Because of this The Cornwall Sports Partnership along with the four School Games areas are trying to sustain the games and have launched a crowd funding campaign, which we hope communities will support. Schools and parents can help raise funds for the campaign at: