640 runners, from 158 schools, take over Holkham Hall for the Norfolk School Games Cross Country County Finals 2019

Wednesday 6th March

Day 6 of the 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals took place at Holkham Hall. The final day of the Winter Games schedule saw 640 young runners, from 158 schools, come together to take part in the Norfok School Games cross country finals.

Each of the participants had qualified to represent their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included 80 runners made up of 10 boys and 10 girls from each of year groups (3/4/5/6).

Despite the damp start to the day and with dark clouds hanging overhead throughout the event, everyone kept in high spirits.

Pupils were given the chance to walk the courses prior to the first race to familiarise themselves with the route.

Each of the races were extremely exciting with runners setting off at a energetic pace. Runners were cheered on by lots of spectators, who had come to watch the top young runners in the county compete.

The young runners completed the following distances;

  • Year 3 (boys & girls) – 1000m
    • Year 4 (boys & girls) – 1200m
    • Year 5 (boys & girls) – 1400m
    • Year 6 (boys & girls) – 1600m

For the results of the Top 3 runners from todays finals … click here. 

Team England squad member Iona Lake presented medals to our top 3 runners. Iona qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which were held last year.

You can also view and purchase a selection of photos, of each race taken by our event photographer by clicking here.

The event was supported by sports leaders from Alderman Peel High School, who acted as marshals to help guide runners around the course. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers that supported the event and also to Holkham Hall for allowing Norfolk School Games to host the 2019 Cross Country Finals at this stunning new venue.

The 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals 2019 are now complete, with Cross Country being our final event. We hope everyone who participated had a great time and a positive experience and we looking forward to seeing many Norfolk schools involved with the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals in June.


School Games Day 5 – Colour Run Spectacular

The Winter School Games Week concluded with a Colour Run hosted at Colney Park, UEA with over 700 secondary school pupils from 20 schools across the county taking part.

After a fantastic week of sporting events for both primary and secondary school pupils, the final event showered participants in multi coloured paint during a 5k Colour Run.

Schools from across the eight School Sports Partnerships arrived steadily throughout the early morning, with each pupil being given a t-shirt to wear. Once signed in, everyone took part in a warm up led by ‘Mr Dodd’, a well known Zumba Instructor from Norwich.

The event was started by Paul Evans, ex GB Olympic marathon runner. The runners heading off around a 1km circuit. The challenge was to complete 5 laps. Strategically placed marshalls were loaded with a variety of paint colours to cover the passing by runners.

It was clear to see the marshalls, provided by ‘City College’ were hitting their desired targets with pupils being covered from head to toe.

All 700 runners completed, what was for many, their first 5k run.

Before leaving there was one last chance for all to add to the colour, by throwing the remaining paint into the air. This and other images can be found at https://norfolkschoolgames.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1646175

BBC Look East filmed the event which aired on there Friday evening show. Presenter Stewart White commenting “this looks like fun, could this be in the next Olympics”. I doubt that Stewart, but it certainly was a lot of fun!


Well done to all those who took part and also to ‘Inspire Races’ for managing the event. For further information on upcoming races across the county please visit: https://www.inspireraces.co.uk

You may like to try a 5k Park Run which are held at various venues across the county, please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ to find your nearest venue. Park Runs are free to enter and a great way of keeping fit whilst running with other people from your community.



Norfolk School Games – Special Schools Event

Day 4 of the Norfolk School Games 2019, and we were delighted to welcome 130 young people with special needs, from schools across Norfolk, who took part in a selection of adapted games which included Dance, Goalball, Boxfit, Wheelchair Basketball, Dodgeball and Boxing.

The students from John Grant, Sheringham Woodfields, Chapel Green, The Clare, Sidestrand Hall, Fred Nicholson & The Parkside Schools participated with great enthusiasm and determination, and a very healthy degree of competitiveness.

The boys and girls were selected, by their schools, to represent them at this County event and their schools can be very proud of, not only their sporting skills, but also the wonderful sportsmanship demonstrated as they supported and celebrated the efforts and skills of other students.

This event is now an integral part of our Norfolk School Games and we were very fortunate to have excellent, and highly skilled, coaches delivering the sessions throughout the day. Many thanks to Tom from Boxfit, The Garage (Dance), Jamie McCluskey (Goalball), Able2be Boxing (Jon Thaxton and team) and UEA coaches for delivering the sessions, teaching the youngsters many new skills and ensuring that the youngsters had an exciting day to remember.

Many thanks also to an excellent group of Sports Leaders from City College who worked closely with the coaches to make this a very positive experience for the young participants.   They were a pleasure to work with and most certainly added to the enjoyment of the event.

It was a great day and we hope to be doing more of the same in our Norfolk School Games- Summer 2019.

We are now looking forward to our penultimate event of the Norfolk School Games winter progamme tomorrow, Friday 15th February. 5 to 6 hundred secondary school students will be taking part in our newest Norfolk School Games event – The 5K Colour Run! This is a personal challenge with each individual setting their own goal for the event, and possibly even exceeding their own expectations! We will report on its outcome, but we fully expect this to be a very colourful experience…..good luck everyone!

Photographs from today’s events can be accessed by following this link

Girls Show Off Their Skills at School Games Football Finals

Today over 250 girls took part in the Norfolk School Games Girls Football Finals at Goals Norwich. The girls were representing their school and local School Sport Partnership (SSP) at the county event. All of the teams had qualified to take part in the event by taking part in local competitions ran by each of the eight SSPs within Norfolk.

During the morning 16 teams (2 qualifiers from each SSP) took part in the Year 3-4 Finals. Teams were initially split into four groups of four with teams playing against each other in 8 minute matches in a round robin format. All matches were refereed by sports students from Easton & Otley College. Teams were awarded 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss. Teams that finished 1st or 2nd in their groups progressed into the Cup competition whilst teams who finished 3rd or 4th went into the Plate competition.

In the Cup and Plate competitions teams were again split into two groups with teams again playing against each other. Once those games were completed the teams in each of the Cup or Plate groups played off against each other for overall places (1st-16th). Following the completion of the play offs the final overall results were announced:

1st – Dussingdale Primary (Norwich East SSP)

2nd – Corpusty Primary (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

3rd – Robert Kett Primary (South Norfolk SSP)

4th – Holy Meadows (West Norfolk SSP)

=5th – Blofield Primary (Norwich East SSP)

=5th – Avenue Junior (Norwich SSP)

7th – Martham Academy (East Norfolk SSP)

8th – Millfield Primary (North Norfolk SSP)

9th – St Peters Primary (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

10th – Woodlands Primary (East Norfolk SSP)

11th – Drake Primary (Breckland SSP)

12th – Terrington St Clements (West Norfolk SSP)

13th – Cringleford Primary (Norwich SSP)

14th – Spooner Row Primary (South Norfolk SSP)

15th – Attleborough Primary (Breckland SSP)

16th – Holt Primary (North Norfolk SSP)

Following a short lunch another 16 teams arrived to take part in the Year 5-6 Finals. The Year 5-6 Finals followed the same format as the mornings Year 3-4 Finals with teams taking part in group, Cup/Plate and play offs.

Once all of the matches were completed the overall results were announced:

1st – Dussingdale Primary (Norwich East SSP)

2nd – Woodlands Primary (East Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Bawdeswell Primary (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

4th – Cawston xx (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

5th – Colman Junior (Norwich SSP)

6th – Ellingham Primary (South Norfolk SSP)

7th – Terrington St Clements (West Norfolk SSP)

8th – Martham Primary (East Norfolk SSP)

9th – Coltishall Primary (Norwich East SSP)

10th – Avenue Junior (Norwich SSP)

=11th – Millfield Primary (North Norfolk SSP)

=11th – Robert Kett Primary (South Norfolk SSP)

13th – Great Ellingham Primary (Breckland SSP)

14th – Attleborough Junior (Breckland SSP)

15th – Reffley Academy (West Norfolk SSP)

16th – Cromer Primary (North Norfolk SSP)

Jon Osborne, School Games Organiser commented:

“It has been brilliant to see how many schools have entered the Norfolk School Games Girls Football competitions this year. Across the county thousands of girls have represented their school in competitive matches against teams from other local schools. We hope that all of them have enjoyed the opportunity and have gone away keen to play more football!”

To view Photos from today’s Girls Football Finals please visit our Photo Gallery.

If your daughter took part in either of today’s Finals and might be interested in continuing to play football outside of school then check out our Clubs page to find out about community football opportunities around the County.

The 2019 Norfolk School Games Finals continues tomorrow with a brand new event, a 5km Colour Run for pupils in Year 7-11.

School Games Day 3- High Scores in The Panathlon Challenge!

What another fantastic day we had today at Sportspark. The Primary Panathlon was one of three competitions taking place and was run by The Panathlon Challenge, a national charity which delivers sporting opportunities for children with a special education need or disability (SEND). Children from mainstream primary schools were invited to represent their school sports partnership at the event and it was great to see so many smiling faces throughout the event.

This year, we had a total of 60 children split into 7 teams taking part. The event ran as a carousel of activities which the teams rotated around and collected points for their team. Some of the activities included basketball, precision bean bag and skittles.

The teams were supported by leaders from City College all of whom were brilliant. A huge thank you to them for helping the event today.

It was a very close finish but after all points were collected and counted, the results were as follows:

1st– Diamond Academy 33 points (2 wins overall)

2nd– Bluebell Primary 33 points (1 win overall)

3rd– St Augstine’s 31 points

4th– Norwich Primary Academy 29 points (1 win)

5th – North Denes 29 points

6th– Harleston, Spooner Row and Banham 21 points

7th- Sprowston Junior 20 points

A big well done to all teams who took part today. There was so much encouragement from all the children not only for their individual team but for others as well. We’d like to thank the deliverers from The Panathlon Challenge who ran the event today and ensured all competitors had great fun. Photos from this event can be found here. To keep up to date with all results/photos from the games, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Winter School Games will continue Thursday with more young children competing in the Girls Football at Goals and the Special Schools Festival at Sportspark.

School Games Day 3 – Sportshall Athletics ‘Jumps’ into Focus

As part of the of 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals the Sportshall Athletics County Level 3 competitions took place at the Sportspark. Close to 300 young athletes from Years 3 through to 6 took part in a wide range of Athletics events inside the fantastic facility of the Sportspark & tried to score as many points as possible for their Partnership teams.

Each of the Teams had qualified to represent their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included competitors in the Yr5/6 and Yr3/4 events with the competition for the younger children in only its second year within the Norfolk School Games.

Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16. It was created to provide a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months and quickly developed into a new form of team competition. The program focusses on fitness and multi-skill development providing grounding for all sports. It is totally inclusive, encourages children to get fit and promotes friendship whilst having lots of fun.

It was the older children who took centre stage first, with Pupils from Years 5 & 6 competing for their SSP. It didn’t take long for the atmosphere to hit fever pitch as the boys & girls were cheered on to some fantastic performances driven by great displays of enthusiasm & sportsmanship.

After a short break for lunch it was then the team of the Year 3 & 4 pupils to shine, and they produced a fantastic atmosphere! They did superbly well and showed some excellent determination & talent to put on a real show for the watching parents to crown a wonderful day of sporting action.


Year 5/6

1st Blofield (Norwich East) – 288pts
2nd Firside Junior (West Norwich & Dereham) 260pts
3rd Woodlands (East Norfolk) – 248pts
4th Attleborough (Breckland) & Cringleford (Norwich) – 234pts
6th Wreningham (South Norfolk) – 230pts
7th Sandringham / North Wootton (West Norfolk) – 194pts
8th Sheringham (North Norfolk) – 120pts

Year 3/4

1st Blofield (Norwich East) – 296pts
2nd Woodlands (East Norfolk) – 262pts
3rd Wreningham / Banham (South Norfolk) – 250pts
4th Cringleford (Norwich) – 238pts
5th Bure Valley (North Norfolk) – 220pts
6th Reepham (West Norwich & Dereham) – 206pts
7th Terrington / South Wootton (West Norfolk) – 186pts
8th Feltwell (Breckland) – 118pts


You can also view and purchase a selection of photos, of each race taken by our event photographer by clicking here

We would like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Adam from Sportshall UK who compered, organised and ran the day in a brilliant manner that had everyone engaged, enthused & unable to stop smiling! The event was also supported by Sports Leaders from Taverham High School, who acted as officials for the Track events and ran the Field events so we would like to extend a big thank you to them as well. Also, we were incredibly lucky to be able to have 2018 GB Commonwealth Games Athlete Iona Lake there with us on the day, who handed out the much sought-after medals & trophies as well as provided a huge source of inspiration for all the youngsters.

The 2019 Norfolk School Games Finals take a short break now, coming back with the Year 3-6 Girls Football Competition on February 14th at Goals Soccer Centre in Norwich.

Keysteps Gymnastics – Day 3 of the Norfolk Winter School Games 2019

Norfolk School Games Keysteps Gymnastics Tuesday 12th February 2019

 UEA Sportspark SPring Gymnasium

Day 3 of the Norfolk Winter School Games 2019

90 Year 1 and 2 boys and girls from across the County competed in our Key Stage 1 Keysteps Gymnastics Final.

These children qualified from Level 2 Gymnastics competitions across the county, to represent each of the 8 School Sport Partnerships in Norfolk.

They charmed us all as they performed their beautiful Gymnastics routines to their chosen piece of music, and they delivered the vaults, which they have been perfecting over the last few weeks, with grace and confidence.

We were very fortunate to have fully qualified regional, club and Sportspark coaches plus an excellent group of leaders, from Thorpe St Andrew School & Sixth Form, helping to deliver this event.

Along with the competition, we took advantage of the Sportpark’s amazing facilities, and offered the children coaching on the bars, beams, tumble track and trampoline. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of exploring the various pieces of equipment and learning new skills.

The children were a credit to their schools, and to their School Sport Partnerships. They should all be very proud of themselves for delivering such excellent performances with so much enthusiasm.

Thank you also to the many teachers, coaches and spectators for their support at this event and for the many hours they have spent preparing their children for this event

Congratulations to our Norfolk School Games Keysteps 1 Gymnastics winners :-

Gold medal winners – Spooner Row Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

Silver medal winners – Harleston Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

Bronze medal winners – Woodlands Primary School ((East Norfolk SSP)

Very well done to all of our Keysteps Gymnastics competitors.

Full results can be viewed by following this link , along with photographs from the event here.

Handball makes its debut at the Norfolk School Games!

Handball was included in the Norfolk School Games for the first time today as schools from across Norfolk competed in the year 7 and 8 competition at UEA Sportspark. The event brought together 16 teams, all of whom qualified from their level 2 partnership competition, with the 8 winning girls and boys teams from each School Sports Partnership taking part Luke Hornsley, the South East Regional Delivery Partners Manager for Handball commented “It is fantastic to see Handball included in the Norfolk School Games for the first time and it is really encouraging to see the growth of Handball in Norfolk schools” Schools played a round robin tournament, with each team playing 7 matches. Schools then competed in a playoff match to determine their final positioning. During the playoffs, the 8 th placed team played the 7th , the 6th placed team played the 5th, the 4 th placed team played the 3 rd and the 1 stand 2 nd placed teams played off to determine the overall winners.

The competition was an exciting and competitive event, with schools playing some fantastic high energy Handball. The event provided the opportunity for over 160 students to participate in a Handball competition, with the winning team progressing to the regional finals at Cambridge University in May.

The overall results were as follows:

Girls: 1st Sprowston Community Academy, 2nd Hethersett Academy, 3rd Stalham High School, 4th Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, 5th Reepham High School, 6th Iceni Academy, 7th Dereham Neatherd High School, 8th Downham Market Academy

Boys: 1st Reepham High School, 2nd Sprowston Community Academ, 3rd Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, 4th Framingham Earl High School, 5th Hethersett Academy, 6th King Edward VII Academy, 7th Iceni Academy, 8th Stalham High School.


We would like to thank the volunteer UEA PE PGCE students who officiated the games throughout the competition.

To view and purchase photos from the festival please visit our Photo Gallery.

The Games will continue on Tuesday 12th February with the Yr 3-4 and 5-6 Sportshall Athletics, Year 1-2 Key Steps Gymnastics and Yr 3-6 Panathlon competitions taking place.

If you use social media follow the Norfolk School Games to keep up to date with all of the news/results from the rest of the Winter Finals as they happen:

2019 Winter School Games Finals kicks off in style!

Today the 2019 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals kicked of in style at the Sportspark in Norwich. The winter finals will run over the next week and will see around 2200 competitors representing their school and local School Sport Partnership in 12 different competitions and events.

The first event of the Finals was an exciting Alternative Sports Festival for pupils in Years 7-9. The festival aimed to encourage a wider range of students to represent their school in school sport and enjoy all of the associated benefits.

Students had the chance to take part in a range of alternative sports, including:

  • Ninja Assault Course
  • Fencing
  • Box Fit
  • Climbing/Myride Indoor Cycling

All activities were provided by experienced coaches/instructors from local community sports clubs.

School Games Organiser Jon Osborne commented:

“It was great to see lots of new faces at the festival today who possibly had never taken part in the Games before. We hoped that by offering students the chance to take part in a range of alternative sports that we would engage students who wouldn’t normally chose to represent their school in school sport”.

To view and purchase photos from the festival please visit our Photo Gallery.

The Games will continue on Monday 11th February with the Yr 7-8 Boys and Girls Handball Finals at the Sportspark.

If you use social media follow the Norfolk School Games to keep up to date with all of the news/results from the rest of the Winter Finals as they happen:







Parking Information for the Winter School Games

Parking for the School Games events taking place at Sportspark

Please be advised that there will be no onsite parking on the days of the events taking place at Sportspark. Minibuses are to drop off at the Sportspark and then park at City Academy Norwich. These will be parked at their own risk and in the designated area as signposted. No other School Games parking on that site will be permitted (including spectator or school staff). All users will be directed to Sportspark by exiting the car park on foot onto Bluebell Road and walk around from there. A map can be found below.

The Costessey Park and Ride service is available for spectators as well as the UEA car park. Please ensure that you check for parking charges.


Winter Games Begin This Week

The Norfolk School Games are coming and with only a few days to go until the first event, we have already seen thousands of primary and secondary school children access a variety of level 2 competitions and sporting festivals. Want to know more about what’s involved in the Games? Then read on to find out more.


What is The School Games?

The School Games is a nationally funded programme and open to all schools across the country. Its aim is to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools by providing engaging opportunities for young people to help them develop as characters, realise their potential and continue their pathway to an active, healthy, happy and prosperous life.


Who organises the competitions?

The School Games are organised by Active Norfolk and the 8 school sports partnerships (SSPs) in Norfolk.  SSPs run competitions throughout the year and children aged between 5 and 16 get the chance to compete in different kinds of sports to make it to the county finals. This year’s winter finals start on the 8th February.


How are sports chosen for the games?

At the end of every year, the 8 school games organisers and school games lead officer from Active Norfolk meet to discuss the year of competitions and festivals and look for new ways to engage even more young people. This winter games, following feedback from schools across the county, handball for secondary children is included in our provision and lots of young people have been competing in level 2 competitions. The handball final will kick start the week-long competition on Monday 11th February at Sportspark and we can’t wait to see all 16 teams take part.


Pathway competitions for this year

The School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event:

Level 1 – sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
Level 2 – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools against other local schools in School Games qualifying competitions run by the eight School Sport Partnerships (SSPs). The winning individuals and teams are selected to represent their SSP at Level 3.
Level 3 – the Norfolk School Games Finals are two week long multi-sport competitions (Winter and Summer) where the most talented pupils from across the county represent their SSP whilst competing against each other. At the end of the week the most successful SSP is crowned over all champions.
Level 4 – the School Games finals: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in the countries sporting venues.

This year, the sports which have run as a competition pathway to the winter county finals are; handball, keysteps gymnastics, sportshall athletics, girls football and cross country.


Which sports are not pathway competitions?

As well as pathway competitions that feed into the level county finals, partnerships also run tag rugby and swimming competitions. These events happen once a year and give children the chance to represent their school in these sports.  So far this year, 6 competitions in both sports have already taken place in the county with further competitions to be run in the next few months. Well done to all competitors who represented their school and to those who won these events.

The school games also include inclusive festivals for children with disabilities. Panathlon Challenge and a special schools festival will take place next week and children will get the chance to experience competitive sporting opportunities throughout the events.

Our Alternative Days aim to provide a range of exciting opportunities for secondary students who might not normally engage with school sport. The festival runs as a carousel of activities to provide taster sessions throughout the day in the hope that they might find an activity which they enjoy and will want to continue. This year’s activities include climbing, an assault course and box fit.


How can a school get involved?

If your school doesn’t take part in the School Games but you would like to be part of it this year, then get in contact with your school games organiser. Their details can be found on this page. Or you can email for more information. We always look forward to welcoming all schools to the games and we hope that all of the young people taking part this year go away feeling excited and wanting to do more.

North Norfolk SSP

We apologise that the North Norfolk SSP website is currently down. We understand that this is a difficult interim period but are working with other partners to ensure that the situation is resolved soon. Please check back here where we will keep you updated with any School Games information.

Education Secretary makes drive for more competitive school sport

YST responds to Damian Hinds’ competitive school sport pledge.

Article from the Youth Sport Trust’s website.

Responding to Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ Conservative Party Conference Speech announcing a new cross-government School Sport Action Plan, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“It is hugely encouraging that the Secretary of State is so passionate about the importance of school sport and the contribution competition can make to the development of essential character traits such as grit, resilience and responsibility to others, while offering young people the opportunity to find fun, friendship and a sense of belonging. These are beliefs the Youth Sport Trust holds dear.

“At a time when children’s physical and mental health and social development are very real priorities for schools and society, the pivotal role that sport can play in nurturing their development has never been more essential.

“Through the School Games – one of the great legacies of London 2012 backed by the government and National Lottery investment – more than two million young people across 21,000 schools get the opportunity to participate in competitive sport every year. The Youth Sport Trust has been privileged to implement this through the endless hard work of the national network of School Games Organisers.

“We welcome this extended commitment by government to help us build on the foundations of this successful programme. This will be great news for young people and warmly welcomed by school leaders.”

“At the Youth Sport Trust we passionately believe in the potential of a more joined up approach to youth sport across government. A cross-department action plan focused on getting more children active, growing competitive sport, and maximising the role sport can play in improving health, developing character, and raising academic achievement will make a real impact tackling some of the big issues facing this generation of young people.

“We congratulate the Secretary of State on such a bold and positive step and look forward to supporting him in realising his ambitions.

New ‘She Rallies’ Tennis Workshop in Cromer

‘She rallies’ is a Judy Murray initiative, to increase the female workforce delivering tennis to girls. Kim Burgess who is Norfolk’s ‘she rallies’ ambassador delivers non-technical and fun based training workshops to teachers, assistants, brownie leaders any females who may want to be involved in delivering introductory tennis. These workshops are free of charge.

The next session is called ‘lil miss hits’ at Cromer Tennis Club on Friday 2nd November 10am-1pm. Lil Miss-Hits is a fantastic way of introducing tennis to young girls aged 5-8. The Miss-Hits characters are an all-girl group who love tennis and think being sporty is cool. Every 45 minute session is based around a different piece of equipment and introduces a member of the Miss-Hits team and her signature shot. The content in the course is non-technical so you do not need to have a tennis background. It can also be done in a small space so no tennis courts are needed – perfect for winter activity in a small hall.

For more information and to book a place on the workshop


A Look Back on the 2017/18 School Games Finals

What a year it was for another Norfolk School Games. Over 18,000 young people took part in level 2 competitions in the year across all 8 school sports partnerships. This year alone saw nearly 3500 children compete in 22 events, 15 of which were level 3 competitions. With such a variety of sports on offer, there was something for everyone.

Events for the year included, cricket, netball, cross country, angling and athletics and it was fantastic to see so many young people accessing competitive sport. A new addition to our programme was the Primary Schools Quadkids competition which saw KS2 pupils compete in 4 different athletic events. 130 pupils took part in this competition having qualified at level 2 and it proved to be such a popular event that it will back for this year and open to even more pupils for their chance to compete. As well as this, there were alternative sports days for secondary school pupils who might not normally engage in school sports. Sports included skateboarding, climbing and cycling. We hope that by providing a variety of sports, young people found something that they enjoyed and can continue with.

Special Schools also took part in inclusive festivals and games across the year. Panathlon events were popular and supported by fantastic young leaders who always encourage those with special educational needs. The carousel structure to the days allowed children to experience different inclusive activities and it is always great to see the excitement this event brings to those who attend.

Our largest and one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated finals in the school games diary is cross country. With over 600 pupils making the final each year, we were delighted to be able to host this years at a new venue, in the beautiful surroundings of Holkham Hall. We are thrilled that the event will take place in Holkham again this year and look forward to welcoming a new group of runners at our winter finals weeks.

The School Games aim is to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools by providing engaging opportunities for young people to help them develop as characters, realise their potential and continue their pathway to an active, healthy, happy and prosperous life. We hope that the young people go away feeling excited to take part and wanting to do more. If you would like your school to be part of the school games this year, then get in contact with your school games organiser. Their details can be found on this page.

With the new academic year starting this week, it won’t be long before level 2 competitions start again across the county. We are looking forward to welcoming you to a brand-new year of Norfolk School Games.

Millions of Young People engaged in school sports since the launch of The School Games

The following article from the Youth Sport Trust explains how The School Games has engaged over 10 million young people through competitive sport and helped them to achieve their personal best….

It’s been six years since the opening of London 2012 and one of the biggest legacy projects to come out of the UK’s opportunity to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games is celebrating its most successful year to date.

More than 10 million young people have now participated in the School Games since launching, a programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

Delivered by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, with National Lottery funding from Sport England and supported by National Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships, latest statistics collated by the charity through the programme show that as well as engaging over 3.9 million young people this year alone, more girls than ever are being engaged in competitive school sport.

In intra-school sport 803,834 boys participated in the last year compared to 758,622 girls. The gap narrows even more in inter-school sport with 1,148,847 boys and 1,115,561 girls participating and at School Games County Festivals, girls’ participation surpasses boys with 43,902 girls and 39,925 boys taking part.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “It has been a record breaking year for participation in the School Games, which allows millions of young people to participate in inclusive, engaging and educational competitive school sport.

“Sport can contribute significantly to young people’s personal development and equip them with skills for life, we strive to embed six key values through the School Games which are: determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-believe and teamwork.

“It is hugely encouraging to see the surge in girls taking part in competitive school sport over the last year which is being achieved through the inclusion of a wider range of sports and new and inclusive formats, as well as wider work we and others are doing to ensure sport appeals to more women and girls such as our award winning Girls Active programme and the This Girl Can campaign.”

The programme is transforming the traditional competitive school sport calendar with a greater diversity of sports and more competitions for teams beyond the customary ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams.

As well as a rise in girls’ participating, sports like New Age Kurling are seeing a boost in schools with a 75% increase in the number of young people taking part since 2016/17 academic year. Similarly, Orienteering has seen a 20% increase since 2016/17 academic year.

Ardleigh Green Junior School in Hornchurch said by being involved in the School Games and teaching pupils about a variety of sports and introducing them to elements of competition at a young age, it is helping children to develop resilience and be ‘secondary-ready’ with a love for sport.

Teacher, Simon Harris, said: “We aim to support the ongoing participation of our pupils, in a range of sports, by developing their enthusiasm and motivation whilst at school. We strive for as many of our children to engage with a wide range of sports as possible. Through experiencing competitive situations and how to prepare for them, we feel this promotes a positive attitude to competition and sport, which the children adopt and nurture as they progress through the school and into secondary level education.”

The pinnacle of the year for the School Games programme comes next month when the UK’s most talented school-age athletes will compete in the School Games National Finals. This is a multi-sport event which sees 1,400 young athletes compete in 11 sports, five of which include disability disciplines across a four-day event.

The School Games National Finals take place from 30 August to 2 September, held at Loughborough University and aim to inspire and grow the next generation of athletes. The event will be supported by 400 volunteers and be seen live by spectators from local schools and the community.

Mike Diaper, Sport England Executive Director of Children and Young People, said:

“Sport England is delighted to be able to fund this year’s School Games with money raised by National Lottery players. The School Games gives young people the chance to experience sport in a competitive environment, and the final sets talented young athletes on the road to success by giving them a small taster of what it’s like to compete at an Olympic and Paralympic Games. Everyone should have the chance to take part in competitive sport, and we are proud that over half of the 41 sports in the School Games include disability disciplines.”

Previous competitors in the School Games National Finals include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Summer 2018 – Day 5…These Girls Can… Smash plenty of runs & take lots of wickets!!!

Friday 22nd June saw the fifth & final day of the Norfolk School Games take place and part of that was the Girls Kwik Cricket Finals held at Manor Park – the home of Horsford Cricket Club.

16 teams from across the 8 School Sports Partnerships in Norfolk took part meaning there were over enthusiastic 150 girls from Years 5/6 enjoying the Cricket fun in the sun. This helped to set a very historic feel for the day as never before has Norfolk hosted a Girls Cricket festival with such high attendance – a feather in the School Games ‘hat’ for sure!

The 16 teams taking part were split into 4 groups, playing matches against the other teams in a round-robin format. Once these were all finished, the Winners & Runners-Up from each group went forward into the Cup competition, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams entered the Plate competition.

After a day jam-packed with boundaries, wickets & spectacular catches the final standings were…

1st – St. Williams (Norwich East)

2nd – Wreningham (South Norfolk)

3rd – Woodlands ‘A’ (East Norfolk)

Plate Winners – St. Francis of Assisi (9th overall)

Full results from the day (1st to 16th) can be seen by clicking here

The Norfolk School Games Team would like to say a huge “thank you” to the Young Leaders from Litcham High School who again did a fantastic job of umpiring & scoring at today’s matches – following on from their sterling efforts earlier in the week at the Mixed finals. We would also like to extend yet another huge set of thanks to Kieron Tuck from the Norfolk Cricket Board for his continual help & support in making this event run so smoothly and for embracing the expanded format this year – in addition to providing the fantastic Cricket Board staff to ensure every eventuality was covered on the day.

Please click here to visit the photo gallery from today’s event, and check out our social media channels for all the latest up to date information on the Summer Games.

The School games action has now finished for 2018 – but rest assured we will be back bigger & better than ever for the Winter School Games in early 2019… keep an eye on our Social media for exclusive announcements about our 2019 program coming soon!

Summer 2018 Day 5 – Teenagers given chance to try new activities at alternative sports festival

The final day of the 2018 Summer Games saw Year 7-9 students from across the county converge on the Sportspark at the UEA to take part in an Alternative Sports Festival.

The Festival aimed to provide a range of exciting opportunities for students who might not normally be engage with school sport or the School Games. It was hoped that by offering the students the opportunity to try a range of alternative sports, which they might not have experienced before, they might find an activity which they enjoy.

Students were given the opportunity to take part in the following activities;

  • American Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Handball

All of the activities were delivered by experienced coaches from local community sports clubs.

Jon Osborne, School Game Organiser commented;

“It has been great seeing so many students, who might not have taken part in the School Games before, having a go at so many new activities. We hope that by given them the opportunity to represent their school and have a taster of some new sports that they might choose to participate in physical activity or school sport more in the future.”

Photos of all of the action from the Alternative Sports Festival can be viewed in the photo gallery.

This was the second Alternative Sports Festival of the 2018 Games. The first one having been held at Lynn Sport in Kings Lynn in May.

Summer 2018 Day 4 – Secondary students go for Gold when taking to the track and giving their all on the field

With an overcast, blustery start to the day at the Sportspark around 640 pupils from Secondary Schools across the County came together to compete in the Secondary School School Games Athletics Finals.

Despite the windy conditions pupils spirits were high. Speedy times were set on the Track and big distances recorded out on the Field. All of the medals that we given out today were presented by Team England’s Iona Lake, who recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Australia where she took part in the 3000m Steeplechase. A massive thank you to Iona, again , for being our School Games Ambasador for the day. She took time to talk to the competitors and I am sure, as a local Norfolk Athletics talent , inspired many today.

As always we are hugely grateful to the UEA Sportspark for hosting us and allowing us to use their fantastic facilities for today and the duration of the games.

A thank you to everyone who helped out with the running of the event today , we had the most support we have ever had at an Athletics meet and it really showed. Also a massive thank you to the Sports Leaders from Taverham High School who helped with the timing of the races.

The overall Partnership standings finished as follows…

1st – South Norfolk

2nd – West Norwich & Dereham

3rd – West Norfolk

4th – Norwich East

5th – North Norfolk

6th – East Norfolk

7th- Norwich

8th – Breckland

For those who wish to find out more information on Athletics clubs in the area then please look on the ‘Clubs’ section of our website.

If you would like to view the photos from today’s event , click here.

We will be back at SPortspark tomorrow for the Secondary Alternative Day and the Special School Games, with the Girls Kwik Cricket Finals being hosted over at Horsford CC.

Summer 2018 Day 3- Primary pupils from across Norfolk run, jump & throw themselves into action .

Well the sun eventually came out, after a slightly gloomy start, to greet schools for the Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 Quad Kids Finals at SPortspark Athletics Track on  June. 20. Schools brought teams of 5 boys and 5 girls to compete in 4 different events – a 75m sprint, a longer 600m run, a vortex howler throw, a standing long jump.

Schools were gathered together for the mornings welcome and competition briefing at which our Local Special Guest & School Games Ambassador for the day, Iona Lake, was introduced to the children. Iona Lake made her Commonwealth Games debut in Australia back in April. She joined the other athletes in Team England’s athletics squad to compete at the Carrara Stadium in the 3,000m steeplechase. She is currently coached by Pauline Ash at the City of Norwich Athletics Club . Iona will be back with the School Games team tomorrow for some Secondary Athletics action.

The children were then split into 8 groups and rotated around the 4 activities collecting points for their school as a team.

There were many excellent performances with lots of smiles and cheers throughout the day. Many parents and spectators were able to come and support which added to the atmosphere of the day. 150 children took part overall with all scores then being recorded on a spreadsheet. Sincere thanks goes to everyone who helped at this event for their sheer dedication and hard work, without the teamwork on show today we would not be able to deliver such a fantastic event.

As the days schedule was running ahead of time we were also able to fit in some fun, non scoring, shuttle run relays for the teams. This was a fun filled way of ending the first ever Norfolk School Games Quadkids event on a high.

Congratulations to those children who were nominated and were then awarded with a Sportsmanship Certificate in our end of the day presentation. There was a lot of teamwork, positives attitudes and great sportsmanship on show throughout the day.

Well done to our Year 3&4 Winners from North Norfolk SSP, Millfield and also to our Year 5 & 6 Winners from Norwich East SSP, Blofield.

Full team results can be found here.

The photos taken by our professional photographer can be viewed and bought through the photos page on our website . They will be uploaded by the end of the day.

If you loved our Quadkids event but are not part of an athletics club then go to our clubs page to find our more information about local clubs in your area.