School children given chance to â€˜have a goâ€™ at different activities
Last week over 100 secondary school children from Bodmin, St Austell and Newquay were given the chance to ‘have a go’ at a number of exciting activities as part of a huge national initiative to get more kids active.
The event took place at Bodmin Dragon Centre on Tuesday 15 December, and was set up specifically for young people who have never represented their school at sport. Fun was the name of the game and each student was able to try their hand at mountain boarding, archery, cyclo-cross biking, tennis and ultimate Frisbee.
The event was organised by Competition Manager Rob Francis for the Poltair School Sports Partnership, and in association with the Cornwall Sports Partnership; to support the national government initiative, Sport Unlimited. During the day all participants were asked to comment on what they enjoyed the most and this may have an impact on what sessions Cornwall rolls out as part of the initiative.
Rob Francis, Competition Manager said: “We really hoped to build on the success of last year’s event, when all participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves 'having a go' at a wide range of sports. And, with the support of the Cornwall Sports Partnership and the Sport Unlimited initiative, this year’s event certainly proved to be another exciting day!”
Sport Unlimited is a £36 million national initiative, funded by Sport England and being implemented in Cornwall by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, which aims to get more children and young people taking part in sports that interest them most outside of school.
The three-year programme will invest £360,000 in Cornish projects and each year will enable 3,000 more young people in Cornwall to choose from a range of greatly discounted and often free activities, from kayaking and mountain biking to street dancing and swimming.
Tim Marrion, Cornwall Sports Partnership Services Manager, explains: “Sport Unlimited is a fantastic opportunity for Cornish kids to try out something new and have some fun! Specifically for those who may ordinarily shy away from a number of sports because of the level of competition; the clubs we’ve facilitated and continue to promote through Sport Unlimited offer a completely level playing ground and should hopefully see talents emerge as everyone learns and enjoys together.”Click here for further information about Sport Unlimited