Pupils ready to ‘tan-go’ at the Dance Competition!

Thursday 20th June also saw a brand-new competition- Year 7-9 Dance. This was a first for The Norfolk School Games and we were looking forward to seeing what creativity and choreography the young pupils had to offer.

8 secondary schools, each representing the 8 partnerships began descended upon Sportspark to compete. The day began with a warm up and workshop from Victoria Taylor, a dance tutor at The Garage in Norwich.

Each school performed for 3 judges, all from The Garage. It was fantastic to see such unique performances, each one had clearly thought about the choreography and costumes to reflect the music chosen.

Whilst the judges totted up their scores, the competitors were treated to a performance from Level 2 dance pupils from City College which provided great inspiration for all. Each group was scored across 6 different categories: music, choreography, floor, impact, concept and overall performance and the final results were as follows:

1st– Norwich- Hethersett Academy

2nd– Breckland- Thetford Academy

3rd– North Norfolk- Alderman Peel

We would like to say a huge thank you to all who were involved and helped with this competition; The Garage, City College and Lisa McGreevy. We look forward to growing the competition and seeing more exciting performances from schools next year.

Photos can be found here

Secondary pupils run, jump and throw themselves into achieving their personal best on the last day of the Norfolk School Games Finals Week 2019

With a glorious sunny 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.

The day started with the boys battling it out the track and the girls competing in their field events and then after a lunch break the girls took to the track and the boys headed out to their field events. Field events today included; shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, triple jump and high jump and on the track we had 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m and 1500m races.

All of the medals that we given out today on the track were presented by Team England’s Iona Lake, who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Australia where she took part in the 3000m Steeplechase and is now aiming for Tokyo next year. 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 – North Norfolk

3rd –West Norwich and Dereham

4th – West Norfolk

5th – Norwich East

6th – East Norfolk

7th- Breckland

8th – Norwich

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 have had an amazing week of events for the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals 2019 and we hope everyone involved had a great time too !

High 5 Netball

Thursday 20th June saw the fourth day of the Norfolk School Games take place and part of that was the High 5 Netball finals which were held at the UEA Sportspark and City Academy Norwich. Sixteen large school teams and 8 small school teams from across the eight School Sport Partnerships in Norfolk took part with over 200 enthusiastic year 4, 5 and 6 children enjoying netball in the sun.

The large school teams competed in a group round robin with the top two teams progressing onto the cup competition and the teams placed in third and fourth entering the plate competition. Teams then entered a second round robin before playing off against the team who finished in the same position in the other group. Small schools took part in a round robin tournament throughout the day. Each team throughout the day played at least 7 matches.

The day showcased the player’s excellent High 5 Netball skills and it was great to see such high levels of participation with schools demonstrating fantastic team work.

Results:

Large Schools Cup Competition

1stBlofield Primary School

2nd– Sheringham Primary School

3rd Cringleford Primary School

Large School Plate Competition

1st Colman Junior School

2nd Roydon Primary School

3rd Hemsby Primary School

Small School Competition

1st Wreningham Primary School

2nd Garboldisham Primary School

3rd Sandringham Primary School

 

A massive thank you to our volunteer umpires who officiated the games throughout the day and also thank you to the young leaders from Diss High School. The volunteers were excellent and enabled the event to run smoothly.

EVENT PHOTOS – click here

‘Bouys’ and ‘Gulls’ and sand galore make for a great first ever Beach Day for the games.

Day 2 saw a new event for the Games descend on Great Yarmouth Beach. Not only a new event but new activities, a new venue but most importantly, new participants to the Norfolk School Games.

Over 150 secondary pupils from years 7-9 from 9 different schools across the county came prepared for a day at the beach. They all had one thing in common, and it wasn’t that they’d brought their towels or buckets and spades. It was that they were all pupils who usually aren’t the ones to travel in the school minibus to a sporting event.

These pupils got the chance to try out new ways of being physically active on the beach.

They all had a go at five different taster sessions throughout the day. The activities were a fantastic variety of different beach pastimes in order for every student to find something that appealed to them. They jumped high in beach volleyball, tackled in sand soccer, concentrated hard in petanque, struggled against the wind in kite flying and even got creative with some sand drawing.

The event certainly was a success and even the weather held out. The kids were eager to have a go and worked hard to try out all the new activities. Assistant Principal of Iceni Academy, Sarah Turner, said ‘Its been a fantastic opportunity for our students who wouldn’t ordinarily get involved in sport, allowing them to experience a range of activities alongside developing vital social skills. Kite flying was a particular highlight. I reckon it could be built into our next sports week. The whole event was really good, bring on next years’.

It was fantastic to see the pupils benefit from the event and a huge thank you to all the partners that worked together to pull it off.

Not only Active Norfolk and the eight Norfolk School Sport Partnerships, but Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Marina Centre who’s support enabled the use of the site and East Norfolk Sixth Form College and City College Norwich who’s sports students supported the delivery of all the activities. It really was a great team effort all round.

 

EVENT PHOTOS  – click here

 

Secondary Panathlon Yr 7-9 – Great Teamwork and determination produces high scores.

Another fully packed but fantastic day we had at the UEA, Sportspark. The Secondary Panathlon was one of three competitions taking place alongside Secondary Dance and Primary Hi 5 Netball. The Secondary Panathlon event 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 secondary schools were invited to represent their school sports partnership (SSP) at the event and it was great to see so many happy faces throughout the event enjoying sport.

This year, we had over 30 children from 5 different schools taking part. The event ran as a carousel of activities which the teams rotated around and collected points for their team. Teams were split into 7 teams. Some of the rotating activities included curling, table cricket, ten pin skittles, basketball, boccia, tennis slalom, football game and polybat.

The teams were supported by 14 leaders from City College (8) and Diss High School (6) all of whom were brilliant. A huge thank you to them for helping the event today.

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

1st– Aylsham High B – 44 points

2nd– Cliff Park Ormiston Academy A – 41 points

3rd– Aylsham High A – 40 points

4th– Iceni Academy -29 points

5th – Neathard High A – 28 points

6th– Cliff Park Ormiston Academy B – 27 points

7th – Neathard High B – 23 points

 

A Huge well done to all the 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 which is great to see and a big part of the School Games Values. We’d like to thank the deliverers from The Panathlon Challenge who ran the event today and ensured all competitors had great fun having the opportunity of being involved in sport. 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.

PHOTOS – click here

The Summer School Games Week will continue Friday with more young children competing in the concluding event, Secondary Athletics at the UEA, Sportspark.

 

Secondary Angling – Hook, Line and Sinker as anglers achieved ‘unreel’ results.

Wednesday 19th June 2019 on a busy but great Norfolk School Games county finals day saw pupils compete in Angling, Tri-golf, Mini Tennis and Mixed Kwik Cricket. This amazing angling event witnessed a large amount of talented Norfolk anglers casting into action on Barford Lakes for the third day of the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals.

Over 40 pupils Years 7-9 from secondary schools across the Norfolk County came together to compete of being crowned Norfolk School Games Angling Winners 2019; after qualifying from their Level 2 School Sports Partnership events. We had 15 teams from the 8 School Sports Partnerships. The day started out with great conditions for angling – cloudy skies but warm temperature and gentle breeze (we were lucky not to have any rain) to welcome our angling finalists for the eagerly anticipated peg draw.

The pegs for the 3-hour match that would consist of three lakes into six sections were successfully drawn and the anglers set up their base for the day’s proceedings. The match witnessed many different approaches to tempt the wide variety of species that lived in Barford’s three impressively well-kept lakes and it was not long before floats were diving, tips were twitching and the nets were filling with Roach, Rudd, Perch, Bream and one or two Carp.

The quality of the angling developed throughout the day thanks to the support provided by Barford Lakes staff and volunteers which was inspiring and excellent. Once again the hard work especially from Sarah Thomson who works closely with those in the Angling industry ensured all our anglers were rewarded with huge amounts of goodies, bait and tackle for qualifying for today’s event. In addition to these generous goodies, there were amazing prizes, medals and trophies given out to the top three teams, our 6 section winners and our best overall anglers.

The title of best overall angler went to L. Wagg with a Huge record score weight of 63lb competing for West Norfolk School Sport Partnership.

Section Winners:

The three lakes were split in half to allow for six section titles to compete for and those winners with an impressive weight of the fish caught overall were:

Top Lake: 14lb 14oz – L. Lloyd (South Norfolk SSP) & 7lb 5oz – E. Archer (West Norfolk SSP)

Pleasure Lake: 63lb – L. Wagg (West Norfolk SSP) & 10lb 15oz – B. Wooden (East Norfolk SSP)

Match Lake: 42lb – H. Vincent (Norwich East SSP) & 28lb 12oz – C. Randall (North Norfolk SSP)

Team Event:

A team consisted of three anglers from their SSP who competed in each lake. Every SSP had two teams with one angler from each SSP in one of the six sections of the three lakes. The results were recorded by weight from each section and the top weight scored one point, 2nd two points, 3rd three points and so on. The team with the lowest points score were the winners. In the event of a tie the combined weight of the 3 team members decided places. If still a tie, then the highest weight of the angler in that team decided places.

1st: 7 points – East Norfolk SSP Team 1 (T, Bland, B. Wooden & J. Webster)

2nd: 8 points – Norwich East SSP Team 2 (H. Vincent, E. Deal & J. Holmes)

3rd: 9 points – West Norfolk SSP Team 1 (H. Oughton, L. Wagg & E. Archer)

The full list of final results can be seen by clicking here.

Special thanks must go to Sarah Thomson and her team of volunteers that were absolutely superb not only today but all year long in their support for the local Level 2 Qualification events, without these dedicated and passionate people the event simply would not be the success it is. Please see (Venue for the event) www.barfordlakes.com for more information on fishing and getting involved into the sport.

James Roche – Angling Trust “Great to see over 40 students compete from all different schools across the county and to see the anglers participating with confidence. Providing a quality venue/environment at Barford Lakes, plus great support and help from Barford Lakes staff, coaches and volunteers to aid the summer finals event run successfully. Was also good to see new faces and see a development from last year’s competition, fantastic to see 5 girl anglers competing in the county finals and holding their own.”

Other feedback from schools “great to see students who struggle to concentrate and engage in a class room, but to see them do this and behave in a different environment like this fantastic venue and opportunity to participate in a different sport is great to see.”

The Norfolk School Games Summer Finals action continues onto Day 4 where we have a whole range of events consisting of Hi 5 Netball, Secondary Dance and Secondary Panathlon all at the UEA, Sports Park. The Summer Games will conclude on Friday Day 5 for the Secondary athletics at the UEA, Sports Park. Good luck to all participants for the rest of the week and enjoy it!

EVENT PHOTOS – Click Here

School Games Cricketers Find the ‘Root’ to Success!

As part of ta very busy third day of the 2019 Summer Norfolk School Games the Mixed Kwik Cricket Finals were 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 150 girls and boys from Years 5/6 enjoying the Cricketing fun in conditions that were more like winter than the Summer sun Cricket deserves!.

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 – Dussindale (Norwich East) for the first time in the Competition’s history!

2nd – Hillside (East Norfolk)

3rd – St. Williams (Norwich East)

Plate Winners – Barnham Broom (South Norfolk)… 9th overall

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

We would like to extend yet a 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 also for providing the fantastic Cricket Board staff who did a sterling job of umpiring all the games. We were also immensely grateful for the ten fantastic Leaders from Thettord Academy who did a grand job of supporting the Umpires with scoring duties.

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 now rolls onto Day 4 where we have Panathlon, High 5 Netball & Secondar Dance competitions.

Catton Grove “Ace It” at Mini Tennis Finals

128 Year 3/4 pupils from across Norfolk took part in one of the biggest mini tennis tournaments of the year, held at #ueasportspark

School’s had qualified for today’s finals through local sports partnership events earlier in the year.

The format of the competition enabled 4 players from each school to  compete with there corresponding number from the opposing school.

After the initial briefing, the round robins commenced with 8 groups of 4 teams playing each other to determine placings for the knockout stages in the afternoon.

The matches came thick and fast, with some outstanding rallies and determined shot making. By mid day the groups were complete and after a quick break the knock out competition started.

For many of those taking part, this was a very new experience. Playing 6 singles matches against 6 different schools was a fantastic effort and congratulations to all for competing so well.

All 128 pupils received a letter inviting them to a free coaching session at any of the following participating clubs:- Easton&Otley College Tennis Centre, Acle TC, KES CTC (Kings Lynn), Wymondham TC, Hingham TC, Cromer TC, Gorleston TC, National Tennis Association – which includes Eaton Park, East Anglia T&SC, Taverham TC, Reepham TC, Titan Tennis (Thetford)

FINAL STANDINGS

  1. Catton Grove
  2. Cringleford
  3. St Francis
  4. Ashleigh
  5. Spooner Row A
  6. Blofield A
  7. North Wooton B
  8. Spooner Row B
  9. North Wooton A
  10. St Marthas
  11. St.Williams
  12. Hethersett A
  13. Reepham 1
  14. Thomas Bullock
  15. Barnham Broom
  16. Methwold 2
  17. Reepham 2
  18. Millfield
  19. Bawdeswell
  20. Methwold 4
  21. Martham A
  22. Hethersett B
  23. Rollesby B
  24. Methwold 1
  25. Blofield 
  26. Bure Valley 
  27. Martham
  28. Rollesby
  29. Methwold 3

Much thanks to local tennis coaches who helped to organise matches throughout the day:

Vicky and Nicky, https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/EastonTennis/Contact

Kim: https://nationaltennis.org.uk/

Sam: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HinghamTennis

To Sports Leaders from Thorpe St Andrew School who provided the umpires and to Thomas Spurgeon from Brighton University.

To UEA Sportspark who continue to sponsor #nsgsummer19

If you would like to see some of the photos taken by the official Active Norfolk photographer please follow this link: https://norfolkschoolgames.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1670917

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer School Games Tri Golf

Yr 1-2 & 3-4 Tri Golf Finals

Day 3 saw the Summer School games ‘swing’ into action again. On a day in which the weather had ‘chipped in’ moving the competition to the DOME at Easton tennis centre pupils gave their all for their schools and School Sports Partnerships in a great competition.

The competition was split into two age categories with Yr 1-2 and Yr 3-4 pupils competing against each other. Pupils competed in teams of 10, with 5 boys and 5 girls in each team. All of the teams that took part in the Finals had qualified to take part by competing in local qualifying Level 2 competitions.

Teams took part in a range of Tri Golf activities which challenged them in a range of fundamental golf skills. All of the activities were delivered by student leaders from Springwood High School.

Teams scored points dependent on their performances in each activity. At the end of the event each teams total points scored was calculated and the overall rankings were announced. The top three teams in each category were

Yr 1-2 Competition

1st – King’s Oak Academy (West Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Acle Primary School (Norwich East SSP)

3rd – Rollesby Primary School (East Norfolk SSP)

Yr 3-4 Competition

1st – Snettisham Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Blofield Primary School (Norwich East SSP)

3rd – Holt Primary School (North Norfolk SSP)

Special School Games

On the opening day of our  Norfolk School Games we were delighted to welcome the following schools to our Special School Games event, Sheringham Woodfields School, The Clare School, Hall School and Parkside School.

 

70 very excited boys and girls took part in a trio of events, Wheelchair Basketball, Handball and American Football.

 

The Wheelchair Basketball, led by Joel Connor-Saunders, is always a great favourite and the students were soon manoeuvering the chairs with the greatest of ease as they fought off the opposition to pop the ball into their opponents basket.The rivalry was friendly and all participants seemed to enjoy themselves.

 

The American Football was led by Adam Copple who soon had the students handling the rugby shaped ball like pros.  A good time was had by all in this fast-moving, and exciting, session.

 

Both of these sessions were supported by an excellent group of Sports Leaders from City College who brought their own wealth of knowledge and encouragement to the sessions which was greatly appreciated by the youngsters and their staff.

 

The Handball, which was led by The Head of PE from Sprowston High School, Mr James Panayi.  He was very ably assisted by a fantastic group of Handball enthusiasts from his school, all of whom play the game competitively.   The younsters were taught the basics skills of the game, and also some rules which were, mostly adhered to, in what turned out to be fast and furious games played by players, their teachers and sports leaders.  It was wonderful to see the cameraderie in the teams as they vied for goals against their opponents!  It was even better to see the support and encouragement given to each and every one of the participants as they played with such enthuiasm and determination.

 

Many thanks to our coaches and sports leaders who, not only imparted their skills and knowledge, but also ensured that the children had a fabulous day to remember.

 

 

Event Photos – click here

 

A good time was had by all!

 

Isla McFadyen

‘Howzat’ for a great day of Girl’s Cricket!

As part of the first day of the 2019 Summer Norfolk School Games the Girls Kwik Cricket Finals were 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 150 girls from Years 5/6 enjoying the Cricketing fun in the sun.

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) for the 4th year in a row!!!!

2nd – Dussindale (Norwich East)

3rd – Preston (South Norfolk)

Plate Winners – Cringleford (Norwich)… 9th overall

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

We would like to extend yet a 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 also for providing the fantastic Cricket Board staff who did a sterling job of umpiring all the games.

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 now rolls onto Day 2 where we have a whole range of exciting activities planned on the sands of Great Yarmouth for over 100 Secondary School children.

Pupils run, jump & throw themselves into action on the first day of the Norfolk School Games summer finals.

Today’s Quadkids event was split into two sessions, with teams from year 3 & 4s competing in the morning and the year 5 & 6s battling it out in the afternoon.

We were extremely lucky with the weather and the sun was shinning all day as a total of 29 teams competed through out the day to represent their School Sport Partnership. Schools brought teams of 5 boys and 5 girls to compete in 4 different events.

The year 3 & 4s competed in a 50m sprint, a longer 400m run, a vortex howler throw and a standing long jump whereas the year 5 & 6s had it slightly harder with a 75m sprint, a longer 600m run, a vortex howler throw and a standing long jump.

Schools were gathered together at the start of the event for the competition briefing and then they 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. 290 children took part overall at todays event, with all scores then being recorded on an electronic 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. Also, a special thank you to the young sports leaders from Thorpe School and City College.

Congratulations to those children who were selected and received a School Games Value Sportsmanship sticker in our end of the day presentation. There was a lot of teamwork, positive attitudes and great sportsmanship on show throughout the day.

Our Local Special Guest & School Games Ambassador for the day, Iona Lake, was introduced to the children and presented medals to our top 3 schools.

Iona Lake made her Commonwealth Games debut in Australia back in April 2018. 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 and is aiming for Tokyo 2020. Iona will be back with the School Games team on Friday for some Secondary Athletics action.

Year 3 & 4 Top 3

1st Blofield

2nd Dussindale

3rd St Francis of Assisi

 

Year 5 & 6 Top 3

1st Blofield

2nd St Francis of Assisi

3rd Bignold

 

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.

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.

Don’t forget to tag us in any photos from todays events using the hashtag #NSGsummer19

 

Tomorrow we head to Great Yarmouth for our Secondary Alternative Festival, the first one we have ever held at the beach!

 

Summer School Games

With 1 week to go until the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals, find out what exciting events are taking place over the week.

 

Monday 17th June 2019
Quadkids- Sportspark

Yr 3/4 0945 Start 1300 Depart
Yr 5/6 1315 Start 1630 Depart

 

Special Schools Festival- Sportspark
1000 Start
1500 Departure

 

Horsford Cricket Club Girls Kwik Cricket
1000 Start
1630 Departure

 

Tuesday 18th June 2019
Secondary Alternative Sports Day- Great Yarmouth beach- Marina Centre
0945 Start
1600 Departure

 

Wednesday 19th June 2019
SportsPark Mini Tennis
0930 Start
1415 Departure

 

Barford Lakes Angling
0930 Start
1430 Departure

 

Norwich Family Golf Centre Tri Golf
1000 Start
1230 Departure

 

Horsford Cricket Club Mixed Kwik Cricket
1000 Start
1630 Departure

 

Thursday 20th June 2019
Hi 5 Netball- SportsPark/City Academy
0930 Start
1600 Departure

 

Small Schools Hi 5 Netball- SportsPark/ City Academy
0930 Start
1600 Departure

 

Dance- SportsPark
0930 Start
1430 Departure

 

Secondary Panathlon- SportsPark
Morning session- 1030 Start
1200 Departure
Afternoon session- 1300 Start
1430 Departure

 

Friday 21st June 2019
Secondary Athletics- SportsPark
1000 Start
1630 Departure

 

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.

Results

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.