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800 Pupils Gain Important Life Skills in the 2019 Cornwall School Spring Games


On Thursday 28th March 800 pupils from primary schools across Cornwall arrived at Newquay Tretherras School and Newquay Sports Centre to compete in the Cornwall School Spring Games, sponsored by the University of Exeter.

Now in its fifth year, the Cornwall School Spring Games sees pupils compete in Sportshall Athletics, Cross Country, Grass Track Cycling and Wheelchair Basketball with medals, School Games Values points, Champions Race points, and places at the Summer Games up for grabs!

James Ross, PE Coordinator at St. Breock Primary School said: "It was a pleasure to see so many Cornish pupils thriving in their events and demonstrating the School Games values of Determination, Passion, Teamwork, Honesty, Self-belief and Respect throughout the day. Our pupils have had a lovely day - you couldn't ask for a better experience for any child."

A competitor on the day said: "Me and my friends had a really nice day, my mum came to watch and it was really nice to have lots of supporters cheering us. I feel very happy."

This was one of the first ever primary School Games events nationally which incorporated the NEW vision and format for young people who wouldn't usually get the chance to compete.  Thursday's event focused on competitions that attract a new audience to competitive school sport.

PE teachers in Cornwall realised that many young people were missing out on the opportunity to develop skills from working and communicating in a team, problem solving and resilience, learning to self and peer reflect, improve relationships, gain leadership skills, improve self-esteem and body confidence.

Cornwall Sports Partnership, School Games Organisers, PE staff and young people came together to design a new vision and innovative sports formats for the Cornwall School Games which aims to provide a well organised, appropriate and enjoyable programme of competitions and festivals for students of all abilities at a local and county level.

Rachel Knott from Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "This is an exciting time for Cornwall school sport. After winning a national award for our work last year and being selected  as a national pilot this year, Cornwall really is leading the way by working  together to maximise meaningful opportunities for all young people."

Sportshall Athletics

The event organised by School Games Organisers, Cornwall Sports Partnership, British Cycling and 40 Young Leaders is part of a series of qualifiers and finals in over thirty different sports that take place throughout the year. More than 20,000 young people from across Cornwall will take part and the series reaches its peak at the main summer games that will be held on Friday 28th June 2019 at Bodmin College.

In 2017 we announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter to inspire more young people to be engaged in physical activity through the School Games.

The University of Exeter, which has two campuses in Cornwall - Penryn and Truro, are sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.

Ruth Grimmer from the University of Exeter added: "We love sponsoring the School Games!  It's a pleasure to see so many children involved in so many activities at all levels, with everyone getting something out of it.  We are delighted to be involved with the School Games, a very inclusive event, which we sponsor as part of our commitment to the young people of Cornwall. Our research links physical activity to academic attainment, so getting more schoolchildren engaged in PE and school sport is really important."

Click here to see a full list of the results from the day!