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.

Summer 2018 Day 2 – Reel Them In – Anglers ‘cast’ into action which saw ‘nibbles’ turn into ‘net fulls’ to achieve spectacular results

Tuesday 19th June 2018 witnessed a large amount of talented Norfolk anglers casting into action on Barford Lakes for the second day of the Norfolk School Games Summer Finals.

Over 45 pupils from secondary schools across the Norfolk County came together to compete of being crowned Norfolk School Games Angling Winners 2018; after being worthy qualifiers from their Level 2 School Sports Partnership events . The day started out with sunny intervals, warm temperature and gentle breeze 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 days 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 through out the day thanks to the support provided by Barford Lakes staff and volunteers which was inspiring and excellent. Once again the 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 Liam Wagg with a record haul of 62lb 10oz 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: 22lb 15oz – Daniel Boughen (West Norfolk SSP) & 7lb 80z Hardy Gooch (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

Pleasure Lake: 62lb 10oz – Liam Wagg (West Norfolk SSP) & 46lb 7oz – Luke Boughen (West Norfolk SSP)

Match Lake: 40lb 7oz – Josh Denmark (Norwich SSP) & 19lb 5oz – Sam Galey (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: 5 points – West Norfolk SSP (Jacob Clarke, Luke Boughen & Daniel Boughen)

2nd: 8 points – West Norwich & Dereham SSP (George Byrne, Holly Emerson & James Court)

3rd: 10 points – Norwich SSP (Josh Denmark, Luke Mann & Codie Marjon)

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

Special thanks must go to Sarah Thomson and here 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.

All of today’s photos can be viewed by clicking here.

Sarah Thomson – Barford Lakes “Great sportsmanship, behaviour and development from the students. Norfolk has got good talented anglers. Good to see four girls participate and have a team consisting of all girls #ThisGirlCan. In addition to this one of the four girls was part of a team that finished 2nd in the team event which was an awesome achievement. All anglers done well and a big thanks to all the P.E staff from all the schools that got involved and supported the angling at both level 2 and level 3 to give the students a fantastic opportunity to compete at this event representing their SSP.”

Adam Major – Local Angling Ambassador “Fantastic event with some big fish caught. Great to see a variety in ability level of all the anglers across the Norfolk County competing.”

James Roche – Angling Trust “Great to see over 45 students compete from all different schools across the county and to see the anglers participating with confidence. Providing a quality venue/environment at Barkford Lakes, plus great support and help from Barford Lakes staff, coaches and volunteers to aid the summer finals event run successfully.”

Summer 2018 Day 2 – Norfolk’s Golfing Greats

The 2nd day of our Norfolk Summer School Games 2018 brought out our mini golfers from all corners of the County.

We were delighted to welcome the qualifying 130 boys and girls, aged between 5 & 9, to Norfolk’s Family Golf Centre to demonstrate their golfing prowess in the County Final.

The competitors pitched and putted their way around a series of golfing challenges with the enthusiasm and determination of the best Championship golfers. As always there were very able winners of trophies and medals, and our warmest, and most hearty, ‘Congratulations’ go to them.

However, it was evident from the reaction of all of our competitors, that they, not only embraced and enjoyed the challenges, but also, had every reason to have pride in their own performances. Well done to all of them.

Many thanks to Katie Moggan from the Golf Foundation for her great support at our event, to the West Norfolk SSP team whose help was invaluable, and also the Thorpe St Andrew School Sports Leaders who did a wonderful job assisting the ‘mini golfers’ with their skills, and ensuring they had fun too.

RESULTS

Place Team KS1 Competition SSP   Place Team KS2 Competition SSP
1st Kings Oak P. Academy West Norfolk   1st Trowse PS South Norfolk
2nd Cawston PS W.Norwich&D   2nd Woodlands PS East Norfolk
3rd Woodlands PS East Norfolk   3rd Gayton PS West Norfolk
4th Weeting PS Breckland   4th Cawston PS W.Norwich&D
5th West Earlham Infant Norwich   5th Blofield PS Norwich East
6th Garrick Green Infant Norwich East   6th Norman PS Breckland
        7th Avenue JS Norwich

Full results can be viewed along with photographs from the event by following these links – 

Photos

Results

Summer 2018 Day 2-Top Teamwork at Panathlon!

Another jam packed day at the Summer Games and we were back at Sportspark for the Primary Panathlon. The event was held by The Panathlon Challenge, a national charity which runs sporting opportunities for children with a special education need or disability (SEND). Children from mainstream and special schools were invited to represent their school sports partnership at the event and the excitement of the competition was felt from the start!

A total of 5 schools took part in 10 different activities including polybat, table cricket and skittles. Teams spent a total of 7 minutes at each activity collecting as many points as they could for their team before moving on to the next. Leaders from Wymondham College scored and encouraged the competitors and were fantastic throughout. A huge thank you for their help today.

After all points were collected and counted up, the results were as follows:

1st– Diamond Academy

2nd– Firside Junior

3rd– North Denes Primary

4th– The Clare School

5th – John Grant School

Well done to all teams who took part. There was great teamwork throughout the day and lots of encouragement for each other. We’d like to thank the deliverers from The Panathlon Challenge who ran the event today and ensured all competitors had great fun. Click here to see photos from the day.

Tomorrow will see more young children compete in the school games with the Primary Quadkids competition taking part at Sportspark. You can find out more about other events happening throughout the week on our social media pages.

Summer 2018 Day 2 – Howzat!?!? Plenty of Fun at Kwik Cricket as it Only Rains Sixes!!!

Tuesday 19th June saw the second day of the Norfolk School Games swing into action and part of that was the Mixed 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 150 children from Year 5/6 eagerly embracing the Cricket fun.

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 BROOKE

2nd ST. WILLIAMS

3rd HILLSIDE

Plate Winners – ST. AUGUSTINE’S (9th OVERALL)

Full results (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 did a fantastic job of umpiring & scoring at today’s matches. We would also like to extend 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 year after year, and for providing the staff to ensure every eventuality was covered.

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.

Tomorrow the School Games action heads back to the UEA Sportspark for our Primary Athletics event for over 150 Yr3-6 children

Summer 2018 Day 1 – High Fives to all schools for a Fantastic Netball competition

On the first day of the Norfolk School Summer Games 30 teams across Norfolk played out a fantastic High Five Netball tournament in the sunshine at the Sports Park UEA. Sixteen large schools and fourteen small schools competed in a round robin tournament against two or three other schools in their group.  Teams entered the competition through qualifying for their partnership competition.

At the end of the round robin, the top two teams from each group entered the cup competition and the teams that finished third or fourth entered the plate competition. Teams then entered a second round robin tournament in the cup or plate competition before playing off against the team that finished in the same position in the other group. Each team played at least seven matches throughout the day.

The day showcased the excellent High Five Netball being performed throughout Norfolk and with over 250 children involved in the competition it was brilliant to see such high levels of participation. As the day progressed it was pleasing to see the quality of Netball being played with schools demonstrating superb team work, work rate and skill.

The results for the cup and plate competition were as follows:

Large Schools cup competition:

  • Sheringham
  • Blofield
  • Marthas A / Cringleford
  • St Williams
  • Cromer
  • Martham
  • Roydon

Small School cup competition

  • Wreningham A
  • Banham
  • Sandringham with Newton
  • Salhouse
  • Hempnall
  • Alpington
  • Rocklands
  • Wreningham B

Large Schools plate competition:

  • Marthas B
  • Stoke Holy Cross
  • Hethersett
  • St Nicholas
  • Swanton Morely/Weething
  • Scarning
  • Gt Ellingham

Small School plate competition

  • Fairhaven/Bawdeswell
  • Downham Prep
  • Lyng
  • Rollesby B
  • Rollesby A

A massive thankyou to the magnificent volunteer umpires who officiated the games and supported the young leaders from Wymondham College. The volunteers were excellent and enabled the event to run smoothly, your efforts were greatly appreciated.

To check out todays photos, click on the link below:

Click here for Photos

 

Summer 2018 Day 1 – A smashing day for Catton Grove Primary

On day 1 of the Norfolk School Games 128 eager tennis proteges from schools across the county took to the indoors halls a the UEA Sportspark to contest the Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Finals.

All eight School Sports Partnerships had previously held qualifying events, with the top four teams progressing to todays county finals.

Each school competed in a knockout competition, with every team guaranteed five matches. With 4 players in each school team this amounted to over 80 matches!

The atmosphere was electric with players raring to go from the start. The matches continued thick and fast, with team mates cheering their friends on. Every point was to play for as tied results would mean a countback on points won. (this happened on several occasions due to the closeness of the competition).

The semi finals were tense affairs with Catton Grove narrowly edging out North Wooton. In what had to be the match of the day, Woodlands A clinched the match against Hethersett A by virtue of winning the No.1 Singles match. The teams were tied at 2-2 and also tied on the same number of points!

In the final, Catton Grove came through to claim the title against Woodlands A, with Hethersett A winning the 3/4th play off with North Wooton.

Schools who lost there first match continued to play off to determine a placed finish. In the end, having won all four of there remaining matches, St Francis of Assisi defeated Blofield to win the consolation event.

The trophies and medals were handed out by She Rallies Ambassador for Norfolk, Kim Burgess. On the day Kim also managed to get 3 more teachers signed up for a ‘Mishits’ workshop. An LTA initiative aimed at providing teacher/training to support female members of staff with coaching ideas to deliver to girls aged 5-8.

A big thank you to all the competing schools and to all the club volunteers who supported the event from:- Hingham TC, Wymondham TC, Norwich Parks Tennis, East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club, KES Community Club (Kings Lynn), Cromer TC, Thetford TC

Everyone of today’s competitors received a letter inviting them to a FREE taster tennis session at one of the above listed clubs.

Enjoy Wimbledon 2018 and keep practising!

For a look at some photos from todays action please see link below:-

Click here for Photos

 

Special Schools Summer Games Festival

On Thursday 14th June, Special Schools from across Norfolk took part in the Summer Games Festival. Over 80 pupils from John Grant School, Hall School, The Clare School, Sheringham Woodfields School and Fred Nicholson School participated in the festival which aimed to introduce and engage more young people with a special educational need into school sports.

Pupils were split into groups and had the opportunity to take part in 2 activities from:

Dance

Boccia

Table Tennis

Curling

Athletics

Tennis

We’d like to thank all of the deliverers who helped with the event and the leaders from Diss High School who encouraged and supported the pupils so brilliantly. Photos taken during the event can be found here.

Our week long School Games finals begins tomorrow with mini tennis and high 5 netball at Sportspark. We look forward to welcoming more young people to each event.

Secondary Alternative Sports Day

On the 3rd and 4th May 2018, secondary school pupils from schools across the county took part in our Secondary Alternative Sports Days. The event was held at Kaset and Alive Leisure in Kings Lynn and it was hard to believe that they were in fact the last couple of days of the 2018 Winter Games events due to the sunny weather throughout.

The event, which was a new addition to our school games timetable, saw pupils from secondary schools in Norfolk take part in a variety of activities. These included, skateboarding, assault course, graffiti, cycling and climbing. Each activity was an introductory session and for most it was the first time trying these sports. Some pupils overcame their fear of heights on the climbing wall and assault course whilst others learnt how to ride a bicycle for the first time.

Following the event, a PE teacher who attended said that the hour session alone had enabled one pupil to learn how to ride and has continued to practise since.

We’d like to thank the fantastic deliverers who made the sessions engaging and fun for everyone as well as the leaders from West Anglia College who supported and encouraged throughout.

We hope that the next alternative day in our summer games week will bring different schools and pupils who would like to try alternative sports. The sports to look forward to are; Ultimate Frisbee, Handball, American Football and Dodgeball.

If your school would like to be a part of it, contact your school games organiser. We look forward to welcoming you to the next games!

To view the photos taken at the event use this link- https://norfolkschoolgames.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1577690

Special Schools ‘on target’ at the Games

Friday 27th April saw our re-scheduled Special School Games take place at Sportspark. The event saw pupils from John Grant, Sidestrand Hall, Clare School, Harford Manor special schools in Norfolk compete in Curling, Duathlon, Archery and Badminton and they all faced each competition with great determination!
The activities were delivered brilliantly by local community clubs and representatives from Active Norfolk. All students were assisted by young leaders from Diss High School who were fantastic and encouraged the competitors throughout. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success.
All students participated with great enthusiasm and worked brilliantly in their teams. A list of full results can be found here and photos taken during the event can be found here.
Well done to everyone who took part!
Although the weather may not show it, the Summer Games are fast approaching and we are looking forward to the next Special School Games which will take place in June.

Winter 2018 Day 3 – Hundreds of girls show off their skills at Girls Football Finals

Thirty five teams from across the county took part in the event which aimed to encourage more pupils to take part in competitive school sport and be physically active.

The Finals were split into two separate competitions with one for girls in Years 3-4 and one for girls in Years 5-6.

In both competitions teams were split into four groups of four teams. Teams then played off against each other in a round robin format playing 8 minute long matches.

All matches were refereed by female students from the Easton & Otley College Girls Football Academy.

Once the group matches were completed the teams that finished 1st or 2nd in each group qualified to go into the Cup Competition. The teams who finished 3rd or 4th moved into the Plate Competition.

Both the Cup and Plate competitions were split in to two groups of four teams who again battled it out in a round robin format. The format of the event was designed to make

At the culmination of the Cup and Plate groups the teams who finished in the same position in each of the Cup/Plate groups played off against each other for overall position.

The finals standings were;

Year 3-4 Girls Finals

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  • 1st – Firside
  • 2nd – Martham
  • 3rd – Woodlands
  • 4th – Ellingham & Woodton
  • 5th – Ashwicken
  • 6th – Terrington
  • 7th – Swanton Morley
  • 8th – Harleston

Plate B98I0400_preview

  • 1st – Woodland View
  • 2nd – Mulbarton
  • 3rd  – Great Ellingham
  • 4th – Bluebell
  • 5th – Old Catton
  • 6th – Attleborough
  • 7th – Millfield
Year 5-6 Girls Finals

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  • 1st – Martham
  • 2nd – Sheringham
  • 3rd – Hethersett
  • 4th – Wreningham
  • 5th – Fakenham
  • 6th – Woodlands
  • 7th – St Augustines
  • 8th – South Wootton

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  • 1st – Coltishall 1
  • 2nd – Firside
  • 3rd  – Mulbarton
  • 4th – Weeting
  • 5th – Ellingham & Woodton
  • 6th – Gayton
  • 7th – Attleborough
  • 8th – Coltishall 2

To view/purchase photos taken at the event by our official event photographer please visit the event photo gallery.

Jon Osborne, School Games Organiser commented;

“Congratulations to all of the girls that took part in today’s Girls Football Finals. They have all done really well to qualify through to represent their local School Sport Partnership in today’s Finals. It has been great to see so many girls taking part in the qualifying competitions and having the opportunity to take part in competitive football matches, many for the first time. We hope that many of them will have been bitten by the football bug and they will go on to continue playing football at school or in their own time by joining a local football club.”

If your child enjoyed taking part in the Girls Football Finals and would like to join a local community football club or session then visit the Clubs page of our website where you can see links to information about girls football opportunities available across Norfolk.

Winter 2018 Day 2 – 640 runners take over Holkham Hall for the Cross Country County Finals

Wednesday 7th March saw day 2 of the 2018 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals take place at our brand new venue Holkham Hall. Although the event had been postponed, after the snowy conditions last week, the second day of the Games saw 640 young runners take part in the Yr 3-6 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 girls from each of years 3/4/5/6.

Despite the drizzly start to the day, everyone kept in high spirits and the sun even made an appearance towards the end of the afternoon.

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

Each of the races was tremendously exciting with runners setting off at a spirited pace. Runners were cheered on by hundreds 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.

Medals were presented to our Top 3 runners by Team England squad member Iona Lake, who has qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which are to be held later this 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 2018 Cross Country Finals at this stunning new venue.

Unfortunately we experienced a technical fault that means we are unable to publish the full results list as announced. We are currently seeking external advice to try to resolve this issue. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

The 2018 Norfolk School Games Finals continue with Day 3 on Thursday 8th March when the Primary Girls Football Finals are to be held at Goals, in Norwich.

Spectator information reminder for Cross Country Finals

The event will be taking place at Holkham Hall this Wednesday 7th March.

Cars are permitted to enter via the north gates. For Sat Navs, please use the postcode NR23 1RH. For cars bringing participants, a parking pass will need to be shown to car parking staff who will direct drivers to the correct car park. These can be obtained from the member of staff in charge of bringing participants.

Hot drinks will be available to purchase on the day, however competitors are advised to bring a packed lunch. The competitors should arrive in kit ready to run. We would recommend all athletes bring warm clothes and plenty to drink as they may be waiting around at times. Please encourage runners to bring warm clothes for before and after races.

We also advise all spectators to come prepared for poor weather.

PLEASE NOTE – We have no indoor space available for the duration of the event

Parents are welcome to come and watch on the day, however, there will be designated areas for spectators. We ask that you support us by remaining in the spectator area as directed by event staff.  This is to safeguard all the children at our event.

Please also be advised that the grounds will be open to other visitors so it is highly like that there will be members of the public including dog walkers around on the day although the general public will be informed of the event via social media prior to the day.

The format of the day is shown below as well as distances of each race.

11.10AM – COURSE INSPECTION YR 3 & 4 – Runners to meet on the warm up area (shown on the map) to walk the course as a guided group.  No spectators to come on the course inspection please.

 

11.35AM – COURSE INSPECTION YR 5 & 6 – Runners to meet on the warm up area (shown on the map) to walk the course as a guided group.  No spectators please to come on the course inspection please.

 

11.50AM – Year 3 Girl runners called for the start of their race. Runners leave all belongings in their area of the holding pens

 

12.00PM – Start of 1000m Year 3 Girls race. Year 3 Boy runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

12.20PM – Start of 1000m Year 3 Boys race. Year 4 Girl runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

12.40PM – Start of 1200m Year 4 Girls race. Year 4 Boy runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

12.55PM – Start of 1200m Year 4 Boys race. Year 5 Girl runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

13.10PM – Start of 1400m Year 5 Girls race. Year 5 Boy runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area.

 

13.25PM – Start of 1400m Year 5 Boys race. Year 6 Girl runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

13.40PM – Start of 1600m Year 6 Girls race. Year 6 Boys runners to be called for the start of their race. Runners leave belongings in their area

 

13.55PM – Start of 1600m Year 6 Boys race. Runners leave belongings in their area. All runners to gather back in holding pens ready for departure.

 

 

Norfolk Winter School Games Week Postponed

Due to weather conditions forecast this week we have taken the decision to postpone the following Norfolk School Games Finals: 

Cross Country- Forecasts are suggesting that Holkham could feel as cold as -10 degrees and with there being no indoor space for competitors and predicted travel disruption we felt that in the interest of ensuring a positive and safe experience for competitors we need to rearrange.

The event will now take place on Wednesday 7th March, still at Holkham Hall, the event schedule and timings remain as planned.

 

Girls Football- Overnight snowfall expected over the next two nights is likely to result in the pitches not being clear for play on the day of the event. That along with the forecasts suggesting the temperature will not go above freezing and current school closures we have no other option than to postpone this event.

The event will now take place on Thursday 8th March, still at Goals Centre, Norwich, the event schedule and timings remain as planned.

 

Secondary Alternative Sports Day- Due to the current low numbers, possible school closures and disruptive travel this week we have taken the decision to postpone the Norfolk School Games Alternative Sports Day.

We are working hard to let you know as soon as possible a secured new date for the event.

 

Whilst we are disappointed that these events have had to be postponed and apologise for any inconvenience caused we hope you understand that we are committed to ensuring all participants receive a positive, high quality and valuable experience of the Norfolk School Games.

 

The Norfolk School Games Staff

Winter 2018 Day 1 – Students inspired by the Panathlon Challenge!

It was a great opening day of the Norfolk Winter School games 2018 as two teams from Dereham Neatherd and one team from City Academy Norwich competed in their first ever Panathlon competition. For many students involved this was their first experience of participating in a Panathlon and representing their school in organised sport.

Seven KS3 students from City Academy Norwich and fifteen KS3 students from Dereham Neatherd completed the Panathlon challenge which consisted of competitions in a variety of events including Boccia, Table Cricket, Poly bat, New Age Curling, Field Athletics and running races. Students participated with enthusiasm throughout and were clearly inspired by the recent winter Olympics performing some great shots in the New Age Curling event!

The competition was excellently run by the Panathlon Foundation Limited who organised an inclusive and fantastic competition for all students to enjoy. They were ably assisted by the impressive Wymondham College leaders who officiated, coached and encouraged all students throughout!

Well done to all of the students who participated in the Panathlon today, students demonstrated excellent team work and technique in a range of different events and should be proud of their achievements. The final results were as follows.

1st place – Dereham Neatherd team 1

2nd place – City Academy Norwich

3rd place – Dereham Neatherd team 2

Below is a link to the photos of today’s action!

Photos

Phil Lambert SGO South Norfolk

Winter 2018 Day 1 – Pupils swing into action at the Norfolk School Games Key Steps 1 Gymnastics Finals

The opening day of the Norfolk Winter School Games 2018 brought 96 Year 1 & 2 boys and girls from across the County, to the fantastic Gymnastic Centre at the UEA Sportspark, to compete in our Key Stage 1 Keysteps Gymnastics Final.

The children qualified from their Level 2 competitions to represent their respective School Sport Partnerships from across the County and they have spent the last few weeks perfecting their vaults and Gymnastic routines to their chosen piece of music.

The competition was ably assisted by Helen Inglis from The Norwich Academy of Gymnastics, along with highly qualified club coaches, Sportspark gymnastics coaches and a very talented and enthusiastic group of leaders from Thorpe St Andrew School & Sixth Form.

In addition to the competition, the children had the opportunity to experience SPring’s excellent facilities along with some top class coaching on the bars, beams, trampoline and fast track. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the various pieces of equipment and acquiring some new skills which we hope will encourage them to think about joining their local Gymnastic clubs. We are really grateful to the following gym clubs, The Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics, Norwich Gym Club, Easton Gym Club, Chermond Gym Club, North Walsham Gym and Spring Gym Club (at both Diss & Hewett), who have all offered a free session to each of today’s participants with a view to getting more youngsters involved in community clubs. Our thanks to all of these clubs and I hope, from this, that we see our gymnasts from today progressing through the years.

Well done to all of our gymnasts today who presented their gymnastics routines and vaults with such skill and confidence. Their routines were beautifully choreographed by their various teachers/coaches and the children did them great justice with their performances.

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

1st place – Harleston Scientists

2nd place – South Wootton Infant School

3rd place – Spooner Row PS

Isla McFadyen

Full results can be viewed along with photographs from the event by following the below links –

Results

Photos

 

Winter 2018 Day 1 – Pupils Run, Jump & ‘Snow’ Themselves into Sportshall Athletics Action

February 26th, 2018

As part of the first day of 2018 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals action the Sportshall Athletics County Level 3 competitions took place at the Sportspark. Despite the wintery conditions outside, 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 Big Schools (Yr5/6), Small Schools (Yr4-6) and Yr3/4 events – with the competition for the younger children being new to the Norfolk School Games for 2018

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 4 to 6 competing for their SSP in both Big Schools & Small Schools. 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, as they got the chance to take part in this brilliant sport for the first time as part of the Norfolk School Games program. 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

Big School – Girls

Position School SSP Points Scored
1st Woodlands East Norfolk 166
2nd Cringleford Norwich 142
3rd Blofield Norwich East 140
4th Sheringham North Norfolk 110
5th South Wootton West Norfolk 76
6th Reepham West Norwich & Dereham 38
7th Admirals Breckland 34
Wicklewood South Norfolk

 

Big School – Boys

Position School SSP Points Scored
1st Woodlands East Norfolk 170
2nd Blofield Norwich East 148
3rd Firside West Norwich & Dereham 118
4th Holly Meadows West Norfolk 114
5th Sheringham North Norfolk 106
6th St. Francis of Assissi Norwich 74
7th Admirals Breckland 71
8th Wicklewood South Norfolk 70

 

Small Schools Combined

Position School SSP Points Scored
1st Wreningham South Norfolk 264
2nd Banham South Norfolk 244
3rd Fairhaven Norwich East 242
4th Sandringham & West Newton West Norfolk 182
5th Rollesby East Norfolk 178
6th Catfield North Norfolk 128
7th Great Witchingham West Norwich & Dereham 122
8th All Saints Breckland 110

 

Year 3/4 – Girls

Position School SSP Points Scored
1st Woodlands East Norfolk 168
2nd Blofield Norwich East 146
3rd Cringleford Norwich 136
4th Terrington St. Clements West Norfolk 116
5th Taverham West Norwich & Dereham 104
6th Wreningham South Norfolk 90
7th Great Ellingham Breckland 84
8th Holt North Norfolk 46

 

Year 3/4 – Boys

Position School SSP Points Scored
1st Woodlands East Norfolk 156
2nd Brundall Norwich East 153
3rd St. Francis of Assissi Norwich 152
4th Wreningham South Norfolk 150
5th Firside West Norwich & Dereham 114
Great Ellingham Breckland
7th Gayton West Norfolk 86
8th Holt North Norfolk 49

 

Click here for the full results from today’s competitions .

You can also view and purchase a selection of photos, of each race taken by our event photographer by clicking Sportshall Athletics – Morning (morning) and Sportshall Athletics – Afternoon(afternoon).

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 2018 Norfolk School Games Finals take a short break now, coming back with the Year 3-6 Girls Football Competition on March 1st at Goals Soccer Centre in Norwich.