Pupils across the county inspired by return of Dorset School Games summer events
Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2022 16:13
In June with the sun shining, we saw the very welcome return of two big events in the Dorset School Games calendar; the Dorset School Games Can Do Watersports and Sailing Regatta, hosted by Rockley at their Poole Park Centre, and the Dorset School Games Summer Festival, held in the wonderful grounds of Bryanston School, Blandford.
The Can-Do Watersports Festival and Sailing Regatta are designed to provide primary and secondary age pupils the opportunity to get on the water, build confidence, and have fun while trying to achieve their personal best in a variety of water-based activities.
First up, the Can-Do Festival gave pupils the unique opportunity to participate in a series of onshore activities expertly led by Rockley College students along with time on the water on rafts, mega-sups, and kayaks. Later that week it was time for sailing, a regatta style event which provided pupils the opportunity to compete while representing their school.
Fast forward a week and over 600 participants and 115 leaders from 55 schools came together at the Dorset School Games Summer Festival at Bryanston. The opening ceremony was hosted by Holly, a recent graduate from the Dorset Leadership Academy, and pupils listened to inspiring speeches from Jamie Barrow, the World's Fastest Snowboarder and Beth Rodford, two-time Olympian and Assistant Director of Sport at Bryanston before a Dance Performance and mass warm up led by Dance Leaders from Schools across Dorset.
With a variety of different sports and activities on offer including Commonwealth Games themed mini festivals, a team building event, a handball development festival and girls cricket competition this year's Summer Festival was co-designed with young people and in keeping with the 5 School Games Outcomes.
Claire Tabor, the School Games Lead for Active Dorset said "In our first summer festival post covid, it's been fantastic to be able to bring 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, providing more opportunities for those who need them most. Hopefully everyone involved has had a really positive experience and will be inspired to continue to be active back at school or in their own time.
Our thanks go to the School Games Organisers and the many partners that helped to make the events a success, and in particular, the staff and students at Rockley and to Bryanston School for allowing us the opportunity to use their outstanding facilities."