Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:11
On Wednesday 5th April LeAF Academy School hosted the Dorset Winter School Games Finals 2017, where over 900 students from 60 Schools participated in handball, rugby and volleyball competitions.
Active Dorset work in partnership with the Local Organising Committee, School Games Organisers, Local Authorities and National Governing Bodies of Sport to deliver a calendar of sporting activities which take place throughout the school year, culminating at the Winter & Summer finals.
The games also had Cultural Village where the participants could try a range of different activities including dance, music and art.
The day began with an opening ceremony featuring a motivational speech from Volleyball sensation Kirk Pitman, who represented New Zealand for 10 years on the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Tour. Kirk is currently the Head Coach for England Senior Men's Beach Volleyball team who are currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia 2018. Kirk encouraged the students during their competitions and felt the School Games were an "amazing opportunity for them to compete for their school."
Martin Kimberley, Active Dorset Chief Executive, stated; "A huge thank you to the LeAF Academy for all their support and to all the young leaders, athletes and school staff who make this event such a success. Seeing the talent, enthusiasm and commitment of so many people is always inspiring and really shows Dorset School sport off in a great light."
Many of the young leaders at this event were trained at the Dorset Leadership Academy in January. The academy provides high quality support and development for young people who would like to be actively involved in volunteering and leadership within their school and/or community.
Dan Moody, School Games Organiser for Christchurch and the Isle of Purbeck, commented; "the Dorset School Games events wouldn't happen without the fantastic young leaders and volunteers who officiate and run the competitions. Each year around 1,500 young people are trained through the Dorset Leadership Academies and support not only the School Games, but also PE and school sport back at their own schools as leaders and role models. The difference these young people make is incredible. They inspire other young people to get physically active and try new sports."
The School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England, designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.