Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Children and Young People brought together again to celebrate the Virtual Cornwall School Games

Virtual Games

Further restrictions meant that, sadly, the Summer 2021 face to face Cornwall School Games events could not go ahead. However, with the success of the Virtual Cornwall School Games, we were still able to bring school sport competition to children and young people in Cornish schools.

The Together Again Virtual Cornwall School Games was delivered from Monday 21st June - Friday 2nd July and had almost 6,000 unique participants from 25 schools in Cornwall.

Julie Ponting, School Games Organiser for East Cornwall commented: "Wow another great take up with our Summer Virtual Games!  Well done and congratulations to everyone that took part, even during a very busy summer of sports days and activities.  Thank you all for your support and patience over the last year and we look forward to seeing you all competing face to face next year."

The Virtual Cornwall School Games aims to be as inclusive and accessible as possible to ensure it is available and fun for all children and where every school can take part. The games offered different challenges for children from all ages through primary and secondary and included project ability challenges for children registered SEND.

Lesley McNulty from St Marys Catholic School in Bodmin said: "The children of St Mary's, in Bodmin really enjoyed taking part and loved competing against other schools even though it was virtually.  It was great to see such huge smiles on their faces while taking part and really coming together to support each other to perform at their best.  Well done St Mary's, we are so proud of the amazing sporting spirit you all showed during the games season."

Dan Lugg, School Games Organiser based at Penryn College said: "The Together Again Virtual Cornwall School Games was an opportunity to end the academic year with pupils coming together one last time in a final effort to represent their school. It's been a difficult time, but teachers have done an incredible job at making sure pupils get opportunities to compete for their school. Well done to all of you!"

The games were named after the National School Sport week organised by the Youth Sport Trust which celebrated the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together. The theme of this year's campaign was Together Again and nationally partners were asked to join in by organising or supporting an event during the week.

From the first lockdown in March 2020, the Cornwall School Games team have provided a virtual offer so that competition can still take place. This has seen huge numbers of children representing their school in sports competition, some of whom have never been involved in this before.

Megan Hilley from Active Cornwall commented: "I am so proud of the way we have adapted to the challenges thrown at us in the past 18 months and the agility we have shown as a county to continue to make PE, school sport and physical activity an integral part of children and young people's lives in Cornwall. Teachers have shown a huge amount of determination and hard work to make sure their students get the best opportunities in the most difficult circumstances. Children and young people have also shown incredible resilience when dealing with the constantly changing situation, so we really have to say a massive well done and thank you to school staff, teachers and pupils for all your efforts."

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For further information please contact:

Samantha Reilly - Marketing & Communications Officer at Active Cornwall samantha.reilly@cornwall.gov.uk