Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Registration is NOW OPEN for the First Ever Cornwall Virtual School Games

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Following the launch of the first ever Cornwall Virtual School Games sponsored by the University of Exeter on Friday 22nd May yesterday saw the registration process and first two challenges released...
...and in the first day of registration being open seventy Cornish Schools signed up to take part.

The Cornwall Virtual School Games with the social media hashtag #CornwallVSG2020 will take place from Monday 22nd June to Friday 26th June with a virtual opening ceremony on the Monday and medal presentation on the Friday but schools can get their pupils practicing the challenges and getting excited in the lead up from today.
Schools register through visiting the Cornwall School Games Facebook page or the Cornwall School Games section of the Active Cornwall website to download the registration form.  Those who register between 8th June - 14th June and participate in the #CornwallVSG2020, will be put into a prize draw with a chance of winning £1,000 towards delivery of their PE&SS programme.
And every School who participates will receive a University of Exeter #CornwallVSG2020 pennant and each school that gets 50 children to participate (lower for smaller primary schools) receives 50 #CornwallVSG2020 University of Exeter T shirts.
Megan Hilley leading the Virtual School Games at Active Cornwall commented:"We are excited to introduce this year's Games... with a twist! Although we won't be going to our original host venue, Poltair School we will be coming together to take part in the Cornwall School Games and get active, focus on wellbeing and take on some active challenges! It is also great to see such interest I the first hour of opening registrations and hopefully we will have 3,000 young people taking part across Cornwall."  
Lee Adams, Curriculum Team Leader for PE at Poltair School said:"Poltair School are really looking forward to the Virtual School games and have registered and will be encouraging ALL students, staff and families to get involved over the coming weeks. We have planned a practice week next week before the challenges begin on Monday 22nd June. What a great way to bring the spirit of the School Games back and put a smile on so many young people's faces by representing their schools once again. Best of luck everyone and do your school's proud."
Louise Paton, PE Co-ordinator at Marhamchurch C of E VC Primary School said:"Our children are really looking forward to getting started with the virtual school games - what a great opportunity to get everyone involved, whether at home or at school.  The line-up of activities look fantastic with something to suit everyone including the creative cultural events this year too."


Year 10 Sports Leader from Poltair School Reehan Hussain who featured in the launch video and demonstrated some of the challenges said:"I hope you are excited about the challenges released today. The Virtual School Games is a great opportunity to represent your school again and get involved in activities whilst scoring points for your school. I will definitely be taking part for Poltair and hope you do too for your school."
The best part is everyone can get involved in a week of sports based physical activity challenges that are suitable for primary and secondary aged children and have ideas for adaptations to suit all abilities, making them inclusive for all.

The programme for the week includes: 

  • Monday 22nd June - Athletics
  • Tuesday 23rd June - Bowls and Boccia
  • Wednesday 24th June - Gymnastics and Dance
  • Thursday 25th June - Volleyball
  • Friday 26th June - Tennis

As well as the above, there will also be a separate task running throughout the whole week called 'Making up the Miles'. This will involve walking, running, cycling, skating or scooting to collect as many miles in distance as the children can. 

As the sponsors for the Cornwall School Games the University of Exeter have continued their sponsorship to support the Virtual School Games in Cornwall and Ruth Grimmer from the University of Exeter in Cornwall went on to say"We are so delighted that the virtual Cornwall School Games has been organised.  This, on the back of all the information and opportunities Active Cornwall have been sharing over the weeks have, I hope, enabled many to keep their bodies moving and to feel engaged and involved with their friends, their school and within their local communities.  We know that physical activity, and getting outside for regular exercise, is so important to our wellbeing - physical and mental.  We also know that physical activity supports academic endeavour.  In these days of home schooling and uncertainty we are so pleased that the children of Cornwall have something to take part in which is inclusive and engaging and that they can do from home and with their families.  We're proud to be sponsoring the Virtual Cornwall School Games and are looking forward to seeing pictures from across Cornwall from people taking part!"
Dan Lugg, School Games Organiser based at Penryn College said:"Hugely looking forward to getting the young people in Cornwall active with a fantastic opportunity to represent their schools! This virtual platform allows us to get deeper participation from pupils and schools who may not have had the opportunity to take part in county finals in the Cornwall School Games event as yet. Our aim is that all pupils across the county can take part within their schools or at home and even involve family members to get everyone active!"

Pirate FM have also agreed to support the Virtual Games and Content Controller at Pirate FM Neil Caddy commented:"I am pleased to say that Pirate FM is once again getting behind the Cornwall School Games, and a huge well done to the organising team for cleverly adapting the games so no children or young people in Cornwall miss out at a time when everyone's health and wellbeing has been tested more than ever. Being virtual brings a whole new layer of excitement to an already amazing event - we can't wait!"
Children score points for their school by completing and participating in the above challenges and can earn bonus points for sharing photos on social media encouraging others to get involved, for family members and school teachers giving it a go, completing the challenges wearing fancy dress and for posting a video telling us how you have engaged with one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Take Notice, Be Active, Give, Connect & Keep Learning.
Kirsten Hilton, Head of PE & Sport Science at Budehaven Community School commented:"All at Budehaven School are very excited that the Virtual School Games are happening. It is a wellknown fact that sport brings people together, whilst getting that much needed endorphin release! Our students are engaging in our remote PE lessons and tasks incredibly well, proving that they need and want sport, in order to structure their day and provide them with elements of competition that sparks adrenaline. I am particularly proud of our Young Sports Leaders for contributing to the leadership aspect of the games, by creating the demonstration videos." 
We hope everyone gets involved, gets their families and teachers involved, and earns their year group and school some points!

Good luck, and most importantly... have fun!