Over 660 Participants at Dorset School Games Spring Festivals!
Posted: Wed, 01 May 2019 11:26
A combined total of over 660 participants and 112 leaders from 55 different schools took part in the Dorset School Games Spring Festivals in March and April.
The sun was shining for the first of the Spring Festivals, which was held in the wonderful grounds of St. Mary's School in Shaftesbury, a new addition to the Dorset School Games calendar for 2019. The day was filled with tremendous amounts of passion and team work as participants competed in Hockey, High 5 Netball and Swimming.
A variety of different primary school pupils also had the unique opportunity to engage in six different sports and activities when taking part in the Team Up Challenge. In attendance for the day was former Paralympian and current BBC Sports Broadcaster Kate Grey who was able to pass on her experience to our wonderful media leaders and interact with a wide range of young people throughout the day. Emily James, PE Teacher at St. Mary's, said; "the whole day really was a team effort and we are so pleased to be able to bring the Dorset School Games to St. Mary's".
The second Spring Festival took schools to Bryanston School, where participants had the fantastic opportunity to experience the school's brand new sports centre, equipped with features such as an indoor bouldering wall, dance studio and sprint straight. The young people in attendance were a credit to their schools and the level of respect shown by all, particularly in the U15 Boys and Girls Handball Finals, was amazing to see. Aaron Phipps, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby athlete, was working with year 5&6 pupils as part of the Team Up Challenge and commented on the quality of young leaders, "I couldn't believe how professional and skilled the two young leaders were. They should be extremely proud of themselves".
James Day, who leads the Dorset School Games programme mentioned; "bringing such a diverse number of young people together from across Dorset to compete, lead, officiate and volunteer in a variety of different sports and activities is a real privilege, and the impact it will have on their future development is highly significant."
A huge thank you to all of the staff and students at St. Mary's School and all of the sports centre staff at Bryanston who made both events such a success. A further mention to all of our amazing School Games Organisers and range of different partners who offered their support across both Spring Festivals.
Next up is CAN DO Cycling at Moors Valley, click here to find out more - https://www.activedorset.org/school-games-events/2019/05/can-do-cycling