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.

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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.

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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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lil-miss-hits-tickets-49607024947

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.

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:

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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:-

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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.