Cornish Schools get ready to compete in the first ever Spring Games
Tuesday 19th April 2016 will see up to 500 pupils from 50 primary schools across Cornwall arrive at Truro School to compete in the first ever Spring Games. This is the first time that individual finals in the Cornwall School Games have been merged to create a Spring Games with medals and 'Champions Race' points awarded towards the overall 2016 Cornwall School Games.
Sports Hall Athletics - Held in the sports hall at Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre with events such as obstacle relay, over / under relay, speed bounce and vertical jump. Sixteen teams from 14 different schools will compete in 2 categories Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 who have qualified from their area competitions throughout the year.
Biathlon - will see record entries nearing 180 children from 36 different schools swim 200 meters and run 1500 meters in 4 categories: Year 5 Boys, Year 5 Girls, Year 6 Boys and Year 6 Girls in the open entry competition.
The event organised by School Games Organisers, Cornwall Sports Partnership, British Cycling, Sports Hall Athletics and 30 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 1st July 2016 in Penzance.
In a new twist this year; organisers are recognising both depth and breadth of performance across all the finals events throughout the year. Points are allocated for the first eight places and count towards the new 'Champions Race' that charts the achievement of schools across each of the sport competitions. (For latest placings see http://www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk/cornwallschoolgames/results-qualifiers/results/2015-16-primary-league-table).
This year is the final year of the current funding round and the Cornwall School Games has received a reduction in its overall operating grant for 2016. With the future of the games uncertain at this time, The Cornwall Sports Partnership are launching a crowd funding campaign to try to help secure the future of the Games, which we hope communities will support.
Schools and parents can raise funds for the campaign here!
www.cornwallsportspartnership.podiumpartners.org and click search campaign
Pictures will be available on the Cornwall School Games Facebook page: facebook.com/cornwallschoolgames