Medals Rain Down at the 2020 Cornwall School Winter Games

2020 Cornwall School Winter Games - Girls Football Participants

 "We all enjoyed the experience and will definitely continue playing rugby for the school in the future"
Year 8 Participant from Poltair School

On Friday 31st January 2020, nearly 600 excited students from 22 different schools across Cornwall headed to Truro to take part in the 2020 Cornwall School Winter Games.

Held at Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro School and Truro & Penwith College students represented their school in Netball, Rugby, Football and Handball.

The weather certainly didn't dampen their spirits with one student saying:"Representing my school is always great and to play against other similar teams in a tournament was amazing. For us it wasn't just about winning but about representing the school games values and we collected the most stickers throughout the day.  The speeches at the start were inspiring and motivated us to play well. I can't wait to represent the school at another school games event in the summer."

Neil Gapp, PE Teacher from Cape Cornwall School said:"What an excellent day at the Girls Football School Games Event where are girls really enjoyed themselves playing against similar girls and demonstrating lots of the school games values and even winning some medals!".

The day was supported by some amazing young volunteers from Truro and Penwith College who gave up their time to help with officiating, scoring and event management ensuring the day was a great success for everyone and ensuring the games is truly for young people and delivered by young people.

2020 Cornwall School Winter Games - Netball Winners

Medals were up for grabs but in a different way this year as the School Games organising group look to reframe School Competition. Important School Games Values points were on offer for Teamwork, Honesty, Determination, Passion, Self-Belief and Respect which when added together with performance points determined who were the medal winners.

The Cornwall School Games is organised by a team of people from across the education sector including School Games Organisers, Teachers and students in partnership with Active Cornwall.

Samantha Lawrence - Children, Young People & Families Development Officer at Active Cornwall said:"It was fantastic to see all the young people embracing the spirit of the games and enjoying themselves. All teams were given the opportunity to award extra points to their opponents based on their display of the School Games Values. We saw teams cheering each other after their matches, shaking hands, shouting encouragement and celebrating each other's efforts. There was a buzz that felt different from elite sport competition, which is a testimony to the attitude of these new and different young players ".

This year's main summer festival will be held on Friday 26th June 2020 in the St Austell area. Qualifiers will be taking place throughout the year for this prestigious event which is celebrating its 10th year this year.

We are pleased to announce the continued support of 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 & Truro, are sponsoring the Cornwall School Games to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.

Ruth Grimmer from the University of Exeter said:"The University of Exeter is delighted to be sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for the fourth year in what is the 10th anniversary year of the Cornwall School Games - many congratulations! We are very passionate about helping to increase engagement in PE and school sport, encouraging inclusivity and raising aspirations in young people. ".

Tim Marrion - Partnership Manager for Children, Young People & Families also said:"The Winter Games is really starting to establish itself in the school sporting calendar which is great to see as we reframe our offer to still be competitive but for a new audience which would not be possible without the amazing sponsorship from the University of Exeter and the hard work of our School Games Organisers and local teachers".

You can see all the results from the day at our website www.activecornwall.org/cornwallschoolgames/results-qualifiers , photos from the day on the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page www.facebook.com/CornwallSchoolGames  and if you would like to get your child involved in the Cornwall School Games please contact the PE lead at your child's school in the first instance.