Day 2 – Over 600 Norfolk Pupils Take Part in School Games Cross Country Finals

Friday 10th February saw day 2 of the 2017 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals take place at Gresham’s School in Holt. The second day of the Games saw over 600 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 cold temperatures and the odd snow flurry, 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 blazing pace. Runners were cheered on by hundreds of spectators who had come to watch the top young runners in the country 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

To download the full results from each race please click here.

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.

The 2017 Norfolk School Games Finals continue with Day 3 on Thursday 2nd March when the Special School Games & Primary School Swimming Gala is held at Sportspark, UEA.

Day 1 – Hundreds of Pupils From Across Norfolk Compete in School Games Tag Rugby Finals Despite Wet Weather

On Wednesday 1st February the County Finals of the Norfolk School Games Tag Rugby event were hosted at Norwich Rugby Club.

Schools from across the county had been competing at level 2 events within school sports partnerships to establish qualifiers for the county finals.

There were two competitions running alongside each other. One for 16 primary schools and the other for 13 small schools. Each team consisted of squads of 12 and 10 respectively from Year Groups 4-6.  A total of more than 400 participants.  Matches were 8 a-side, including at least 2 girls per team and lasted 10 minutes. Sports Leaders from Northgate High – Dereham, Wymondham College, Iceni Academy and Easton College were on hand to officiate each match, after a detailed briefing from the Rugby Football Union team.

Other schools were also invited to attend a festival event hosted by the RFU and again supported by the Sports Leaders. This enabled some less experienced children to enjoy some development skills coaching and some competitive action.

Despite a heavy early mist the action got underway by 11.15am. Schools had been placed into Groups of 4 and played each other in a Round Robin format. Once these matches had been completed and lunch consumed, teams continued to play in new Round Robin groups (top eight teams in the cup competition and the other eight in the plate competition) depending on where they had finished in the morning groups.

After the second round of group matches, each school had played 6 matches. it was then time for the finals. The pitches were just about holding up and it was great to see so many smiley faces,  who all seemed to be enjoying the wet and muddy conditions.

Final Standings:

Large Schools – Cup Competition
  1. Robert Kett
  2. Fakenham
  3. Hillcrest
  4. Wicklewood
  5. Millfield
  6. Toftwood
  7. Coltishall
  8. Carbrooke
Large Schools – Plate Competition
  1. Notre Dame
  2. North Wootton
  3. Attleborough
  4. Blofield
  5. Homefield
  6. Firside
  7. Woodlands
  8. St Francis of Assisi
Small Schools – Cup Competition
  1. Downham Prep
  2. Salhouse
  3. Gt Hockham
  4. Gresham Village
  5. Bawburgh
  6. Spooner Row
  7. Wreningham
  8. Glebe House
Small Schools – Plate Competition
  1. Methwold
  2. Kenninghall
  3. Northwold
  4. Langham
  5. Fairhaven

It was a fantastic day of rugby, with over 100 matches being played.

At the morning briefing players were made aware of the core values of both the School Games and the Rugby Football Union. Players and Staff were invited to nominate anybody for a Sportsmanship Award. This award was for showing the following attributes: respect, honesty, teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

Nominations came in thick and fast, with over 20 players receiving a Sportsmanship Award.

The 2017 Norfolk School Games Finals continue on Friday 10th February when the Yr 3-6 Cross Country Finals takes place at Gresham’s School in Holt.

Norwich SSP Introduce Year 3 Swimmers to Their School Games Competition

Thursday Norwich SSP held a swimming gala for pupils in Year 3-4 at the Sportspark. The aim of the gala was to provide the next step on from school swimming lessons and to provide pupils a pathway into the sport of swimming.

Approximately 80 Yr 3-4 pupils from 6 different schools took part in the gala. Many of the pupils there were taking part in their first ever competitive swimming gala.

The gala was help in the inspiring setting of the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a number of individual events as well as freestyle and medley relays. All races were held over 25m.

The year 4 pupils who won there individual races are now invited to represent the SSP at the upcoming Norfolk School Games Yr 4-6 swimming finals which will be held on Thursday 2nd March at the Sportspark.

If your child took part in the gala, or they enjoy swimming at school, check out the clubs page of the Norwich SSP website to find links to local swimming clubs.

www.norwichssp.co.uk

West Norfolk Tag Rugby teams brave the cold.

17 teams from 16 schools travelled to West Norfolk Rugby Club on a very cold January day to compete in the Level 2 of the School Games.

Both large and small school competitions were held alongside each other and great tag rugby was witnessed throughout the morning by a good crowd of teachers and parents.

Results as follows:

Small Schools

1st =Downham Prep

2nd =Glebe House

3rd =Sandringham and West Newton

Large Schools

1st = Hillcrest

2nd = North Wootton

3rd = South Wootton

4th = St Martha’s

We look forward to seeing the top 2 teams from each competition  representing West Norfolk at the Level 3 County finals of the School Games on Wednesday 1st February.

WNDSSP Sportshall Athletics, very noisy and great fun!

It was a day of fast-paced fun & plenty of action as 16 teams competed in the West Norwich & Dereham SSP School Games Sportshall Athletics Competition at the UEA Sportspark.

Over 300 children took part in the days activities, as 12 Schools battled it out in the Big Schools competition and 4 Schools took part in the Small Schools event. Adam from Sportshall UK was on hand to ensure the atmosphere was electric throughout and the enthusiasm levels never dipped below 100%!

Through a combination of track and field events, the children scored points for their School and each & every one of them can be proud of the effort they put in. In amongst the fierce competition it was great to see so many children enjoying themselves and it all combined to make a fantastic event that must have looked great to the watching parents.

The Big & Small Schools were competing in separate Boys & Girls competitions, and after the Athletic events were all finished the Top 3 in each were as follows…

Big School Girls – 1st TOFTWOOD JNR, 2nd DRAYTON JNR, 3rd DEREHAM JNR

Big School Boys – 1st DRAYTON JNR, 2nd TOFTWOOD JNR, 3rd FIRSIDE/DEREHAM JNR (Tie)

Small School Girls – 1st LYNG, 2nd GT.WITCHINGHAM, 3rd HOCKERING/GARVESTONE (Tie)

Small School Boys – 1st LYNG, 2nd HOCKERING, 3rd GT.WITCHINGHAM

Congratulations to the winners in each of the above categories as they go through to represent WNDSSP at the County Level 3 School Games finals in March 2017. A full set of results from the day (including combined boy/girl scores & placings) can be seen on their website; www.wndssp.co.uk

Well done to all the schools that took part;  Drayton Jnr, Firside Jnr, Costessey Jnr, Reepham, Gt.Witchingham, Scarning, Dereham Jnr, Swanton Morley, Lyng, Hockering, Thomas Bullock, Toftwood Jnr, Garvestone, Mattishall, Easton St.Peter’s & St,Augustines.

A huge thanks must go to Adam from Sportshall UK for delivering such a superb event, and to the Leaders from Taverham High School who did a brilliant job of officiating & recording results. Also, thank you to the UEA Sportspark for hosting the event.

Our first ‘This Girl Can’ Secondary Festival a great success!

Last Friday saw 4 of our North Norfolk Secondary schools attend a fantastic ‘This Girl Can’ event organised by Chloe Pedlow, School Games Organiser as part of our new approach to the level 2 school games for key stage 3 pupils.

The event aimed to help girls find new activities they would like to try again back at school. They each got to have a go at 4 different sports activities and say what they thought about each one.  Was it for them? Did they enjoy it? And would they do it again?

Leaders from Cromer Academy helped deliver the sessions of football and obstacle courses while coaches delivered karate and cricket.

Of course, there was lots of smiles and giggles whilst being physically active but they did manage the time to do a mannequin challenge brilliantly;

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Norfolk Summer School Games Finals – Day 5 Report

Today was the fifth and final day of the 2016 Norfolk Summer School Games Finals and was blessed with beautiful weather. The event was delivered in partnership with Norfolk County FA.

Day five of the Games was based at the Football Development Centre (FDC) in Norwich and included the Yr 3-4 Girls Football Finals and the Yr 4-6 Mixed Football Finals.

Yr 3-4 Girls Football Finals

Sixteen teams of girls from across the County came together to take part in the Yr 3-4 Girls Football Finals.

Teams were split into four groups with teams competing in a round robin format. Once all of teh fixtures had been completed the top two teams from each group progressed into the Cup Competition with the bottom two teams in each group going in to the Plate Competition.

The Cup/Plate competitions were both split into two groups with teams again competing against each other in a round robin format.

At the culmination of those groups the teams that finished in the same position in each of the Cup groups played off for overall positions (1st to 8th). The same happened for the teams in the Plate competition who played off for 9th-16th position. The headline results were;

Cup Competition

1st – Costessey Junior School (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

2nd – Woodlands Primary Academy (East Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Dussindale Primary School (Norwich East SSP)

Plate Competition

1st – Docking Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Scarning Primary School (West Norwich and Dereham SSP)

3rd – Diamond Academy (Breckland SSP)

You can download the full results from the event by clicking here. You can view a gallery of photos taken of all of the action by visiting the Photo Gallery section.

Yr 4-6 Mixed Football Finals

At the same time as the Yr 3-4 Girls competition was underway, 13 teams from some of the county’s small schools (<125 pupils) were battling it out in their own Football Finals for boys and girls in Yr 4-6.

Teams were initially split into two groups, one of 6 teams and one of 7. They then played against in each with the teams that finished in the same position in each group playing off against each other for overall positions.

1st – Corpusty Primary School (West Norwich and Dereham SSP)

2nd – Banham Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Preston Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

To see the full breakdown of results from the mixed football finals please click here.

All of the matches in the two competitions were refereed by student leaders from the Dereham Education and Soccer Academy (DESA).

You can also view and purchase photos from both of the events included in Day 5 of the Games by clicking here.

Norfolk Summer School Games Finals – Day 4 Report

Day 4 of the Summer Finals was at risk of being affected by some forecasted heavy rain, thunder and lightning but the bad weather held off and the Games went ahead as planned.

The penultimate day of the Summer Games Finals included; Yr 1-2 & 3-4 Tri Golf Finals, Yr 5-6 Girls Kwik Cricket Finals, Yr 7-13 Angling Finals.

Yr 1-2 & 3-4 Tri Golf Finals

It was the Tri Golf Finals that were at most risk of being affected by any O63A5003bad weather so it was moved inside into the Easton College Tennis Centre.

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 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 volunteers from local golf clubs and student leaders from City College Norwich.

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 – Bluebell Primary School (Norwich SSP)

2nd – Gayton Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Holt Community Primary School (North Norfolk SSP)

Yr 3-4 Competition

1st – Holt Community Primary School (North Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Trowse Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Sprowston Junior School (Norwich East SSP)

To download the full breakdown of results click here. You can view and purchase photos of the Tri Golf Finals by clicking here.

Yr 5-6 Girls Kwik Cricket Finals

Meanwhile at Old Buckenham Cricket O63A5104Club, the Yr 5-6 Girls Kwik Cricket Finals were underway. Seven teams qualified to represent their SSP in the Finals which were delivered in partnership with Norfolk Cricket Board.
During the morning, teams competed against each other in a round robin format. Some rain showers did disrupt play for a short while but it didn’t dampen the young cricketers spirits or enthusiasm. At the end of the morning session the top four teams progressed into a Cup Competition and the bottom three went into the Plate Competition.
The top four teams then took part in semi finals to decide which two teams would play in the final for 1st/2nd place. The losing teams then played against each other to decide 3rd/4th place.
1st – St Williams Primary School (Norwich East SSP)
2nd – Holt Primary School (North Norfolk SSP)
3rd – Wreningham Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)
Download the full results to see the full breakdown of where each team finished. To view photos of the competition please click here.
The event was supported by officials from Old Buckenham Cricket Club and  staff from Norfolk Cricket Board.

Yr 7-13 Angling Finals

The School Games Angling Finals were held at Barford Lakes just outside O63A4838Norwich.  Two teams of three pupils from each of the eight SSPs qualified for the Finals.

The mid morning rain didn’t hold up the competition with one angler from each team being split across the venues three lakes (Top Lake, Pleasure Lake, Match Lake). Team captains drew lots to decide where on the lake each member of the team would fish from.

Once anglers had set up their equipment the horn was sounded and they had three hours to catch the greatest weight of fish as they could. Anglers used a variety of tactics and techniques and showed great determination and patience throughout the match.

At the end of the 3 hours, each anglers haul was weighed and points were awarded to the pupils within each section who had caught the greatest weight of fish. The points of each team member were then added together to give each team a total score.

1st – West Norfolk SSP

2nd – North Norfolk SSP

3rd – Breckland SSP

To view the full breakdown of result please click here. Our professional photographer took a series of photographs of the competition, you can view them and purchase copies here.

Day 5 of the Games will be held tomorrow and will include the Yr 3-4 Girls Football Finals which will be held at the FDC in Norwich.

Norfolk Summer School Games Finals – Day 3 Report

Day 3 of the Summer School Games Finals included four separate events in a range of sports and catered for boys and girls for a range of age groups.

Yr 3-4 Mini Tennis

The Yr 3-4 Mini Tennis Finals took place at the Easton College Tennis Centre. Fifteen teams of four pupils (2 boys and 2 girls) competed on behalf of their local School Sport Partnership (SSP) to be crowned 2016 Norfolk School Games champions.

During the morning of the event, teams were split into groups and competed against each other in a round robin format. The results of these groups then decided the fixtures for the afternoon playoffs where teams battled it out for overall positions.
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1st – Catton Grove Primary – (Norwich East SSP)

2nd – St Williams Primary – (Norwich East SSP)

3rd – North Elmham Primary – (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

You can download the full results by clicking here. You can also view and purchase photos from the event by clicking here.
The event was delivered in partnership with coaches and staff from Easton College Tennis Centre and supported by sports leaders from Cromer Academy.
Yr 5-6 High 5 Netball

The Yr 5-6 High 5 Netball Finals were held at the O63A4555Sportspark and saw 29 teams of 8 girls/boys from across the county taking part in two separate competitions. One competition was for big schools (>125 pupils) and the other was for small schools (<125 pupils).

The action continued throughout the day despite some mixed weather that saw periods of warm sunshine followed by showers.

Teams in the big schools competition were split into four groups with teams competing against each other ion a round robing format. The top two teams from each group then went forward into the Cup competition with the bottom two teams going into the Plate competition.

Within the Cup and Plate competitions teams were again split into two groups who played against each other in a round robin format. The teams that finished in the same position in each of the groups then played off for overall placings (eg 1st in Group 1 vs 1st in Group 2 for 1st/2nd overall etc).

At the end of the day the headline results were;

1st – Cringleford Primary School – (Norwich SSP)

2nd – Homefield Primary School – (East Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Attleborough Junior School – (Breckland SSP)

In the Small Schools competition, 13 teams were split into two groups would played against each other. The finishing positions for each group were then used to play teams off against each other for overall positions as in the Big Schools competition.

The results were;

1st – Garboldisham Primary School – (South Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Wreningham Primary School – (South Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Sandringham Primary School – (West Norfolk SSP)

To download the full list of results from both teh Big and Small School events please click here. To view/purchase photos from the High 5 Netball Finals visit here.

The event was supported by volunteer officials from a number of local netball clubs as well as sports leaders from Norwich School and Reepham High School.

The event also had a VIP guest in the form of England Netball player Lindsay Keable. Lindsay spent all day talking to the young players, signing autographs and having her photo taken. The pupils were very interested to hear all about how Lindsay got in to netball and how often she trains amongst many other good questions.

Yr 7-8 & 9-10 Triathlon Finals

In recent years the Games has included an Aquathlon (swim/run) O63A4692event for pupils in Yr 7-8 & 9-10. NEW for 2016 this was expanded into a Triathlon (swim/cycle/run) event to challenge the pupils even further.

The swim legs were held in the Sportspark pool and the run and cycle legs taking place over the road in Earlham Park. The event was delivered in partnership with Tri A Sport CIC.

The results were;

Yr 7-8 Boys

1st – Callum Steadman (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

2nd – Callum Steadman (Norwich East SSP)

3rd – Matthew Munnings (South Norfolk SSP)

Yr 7-8 Girls

1st – Kate Willis (North Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Fenke Rosbergen (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

3rd – Tilly Merrick (North Norfolk SSP)

Yr 9-10 Boys

1st – Chris Halsam (North Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Sam Ross (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

3rd – Mal Staff (Norwich East SSP)

Yr 9-10 Girls

1st – Naryce Anderson (Norwich East SSP)

2nd – Victoria Lloyd (North Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Maysie Steadman (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

To download the full results please click here. You can also view and purchase photos of the exciting new event by clicking here.

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Pupils from the county’s special schools took part in an exciting day of sports competitions. The events were split in those for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD).

Teams of pupils from each school competed again each other in athletics, archery, rowing and tennis.

The headline results were;

Rowing

MLD – 1st – Fred Nic B, 2nd – Sidestrand 1, 3rd –  Fred Nic 1

SLD – 1st – John Grant, 2nd – Harford Manor B, 3rd – Clare School

Tennis

MLD – 1st –  Fred Nic, 2nd – Sidestrand

SLD – 1st – John Grant, 2nd – Harford Manor, 3rd – Clare School

To view photos from the Special School Games please click here.

Norfolk Summer School Games Finals – Day 2 Report

Today was the second day of the 2016 Norfolk Summer School Games Finals and hundreds of pupils from across the County took part. The action was split between the Sportspark at the UEA and Horsford Cricket Club.

The Norfolk School Games aims to increase the number of young people take part in competitive sport. The Games is part of the national School Games programme and is sponsored locally by the Sportspark.

Yr 7-10 Athletics Finals

Over 500 high school pupils from across the County came together today to represent their local School Sport Partnership (SSP) in the Yr 7-10 athletics final. The sun shone all day long and it provided hot conditions for the competitors. Temperatures were hot on the track too with some incredible action in all events.

The event was supported by volunteers from City of Norwich Athletics Club and also had a VIP guest in the form of Olympic Sprinter Abi Oyepitan.

Pupils competed in a range of track and field events and scored points for their SSP team based on their finishing positions.

At the end of the event the overall results and were announced as below;

1st – South Norfolk SSPAthletics

2nd – East Norfolk SSP

3rd – West Norwich and Dereham SSP

4th – West Norfolk SSP

=5th – Norwich SSP

=5th – Norwich East SSP

7th – Breckland SSP

8th – North Norfolk SSP

You can view the full breakdown of results for boys and girls by visiting the Results section of this site.

Rob McCombe, School Games Organiser for West Norwich and Dereham SSP commented;

“Todays event gave hundreds of young athletes from across Norfolk the opportunity to represent their school sport partnership against other young people. We would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who helped run events and make the Finals such a great success”.

Yr 5-6 Mixed Kwik Cricket Finals

Meanwhile on the other side of Norwich, young cricketers from Primary Schools from across the county were taking part in the Norfolk School Games Yr 5-6 Mixed Kwik Cricket Finals. The event was held at Horsford Cricket Club and delivered in partnership with the Norfolk Cricket Board.

All of the 16 teams that took part in the Finals had qualified by taking part in local competitions held by each of Norfolk’s eight School Sports Partnerships (SSPs).

During the morning of the event, teams were split in to 4 groups and competed against each other in a round robin format across 8 pitches. The top 2 teams in each group progressed into a Cup competition in the afternoon whilst the bottom two teams went into a Plate competition. Within each competition teams played off for overall standings.

The final results were;

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1st – Attleborough Junior School (Breckland SSP)

2nd – Brooke VC Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Poringland Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

Plate Competition

1st – Corpusty Primary School (West Norwich and Dereham SSP)

All of the umpires for the competition were provided by the Norfolk Cricket Board with Sports Leaders from Cromer Academy assisting with umpiring and scoring.

At the end of the event staff from the Norfolk Cricket Board awarded a “Spirit of the Games” award to the team from Millfield Primary School (North Norfolk SSP) for “overall sportsmanship and team enthusiasm throughout the day”.
You can view a gallery of photos taken of both events by clicking here. You can also purchase copies of your favourite photos for a small charge.

Dont forget that you can follow all of the action from the Games by following it on Twitter (@NorfolkSchGames) and Facebook (Search “Norfolk School Games“).

Playground to Podium Festival engages more pupils in school sport – Day 1 Report

Today over 200 pupils from across the county came together O63A0012
to take part in the Norfolk School Games Playground to Podium Festival. The festival aimed to provide pupils with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) with the opportunity to represent their school in a fun school sport event.

The festival was held at the Sportspark at the UEA in Norwich and saw pupils take part in a wide variety of different activities including; wheelchair basketball, boccia, tennis, athletics, table tennis, judo, cricket and football.

All activities were delivered by local community coaches and supported by sports leaders from City College Norwich and Easton and Otley College.

Jo Thompson, County School Games Organiser for Active Norfolk said;O63A0140

“We are really pleased with how today’s event has gone. It was great to see so many different pupils having the chance to represent their school at a sports event alongside pupils from other schools.”

Lucy Hinde from Firside Junior commented;

“Fantastic. Brilliantly organised and priceless for our children. When we mention it their eyes light up. Smiles all round”

Gary Hyden from The Clare School added;

Superbly organised events, set at just the right level to keep pupils engaged and enthused to participate to the best of their abilities”

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The Norfolk School Games will continue on Tuesday 21st June when qualifying teams from across Norfolk come together at Horsford Cricket Club for the Yr 5-6 Mixed Kwik Cricket Finals and also at Sportspark where Yr 7-10 pupils will compete in the School Games Athletics Finals.

You can follow all of the action by following the Games on Twitter (@NorfolkSchGames) or on Facebook (“Norfolk School Games”).

FREE Angling Taster Evening for Secondary School staff at Barford Lakes

FREE Angling Taster Evening For Secondary School Staff – Tuesday 24th May 4pm – 6.30pm at Barford Lakes

A FREE event to introduce school staff to the joys of angling. Food on arrival included! BBQ Pulled pork roll with homemade coleslaw.

All equipment, bait and coaching is provided and the evening is designed to introduce school staff to the social benefits of angling, the facilities at Barford Lakes and the coaching opportunities available.

Since Angling has been part of the Norfolk School Games we have found that the event has involved pupils not normally engaged in other school sport. A fantastic reason to come along and find out how your school can take up this opportunity and help get particular pupils involved.

Angling develops social skills, particularly empathy, builds confidence and self-esteem and helps build the ability to maintain concentration, filter out distractions and control behaviour.  Participating in activities within green spaces has long been associated with improved wellbeing.

To book your place please email stating ‘Angling Taster’ the number of places and your school name to; norfolkschoolgames@outlook.com

N.B. please state if you require a vegetarian/gluten free food option.

Sportspark to Sponsor School Games for another Four Years

Sportspark announce their continued support to the Norfolk School Games for the next four years.

Phil Steele, director of sport at Sportspark, said: “We are really proud of our involvement with the Norfolk School Games, it is fantastic to see so many young people enjoying the facilities we have to offer and I look forward to continuing to support this amazing event.”

Stephen Hulme, development manager at Active Norfolk, said “We are thrilled that Sportspark has agreed to continue to support the school games. The inspiration that school games events create for a young person should not be underestimated.”

Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 7 Report

Today was the 7th and final day of the Norfolk Winter School Games Finals and it culminated with 150 pupils from 8 of the county’s special schools coming together for the 2016 Special School Games.

The day was split into two 2 hour sessions with pupils taking part in new age curling and badminton during the morning session, and duathlon and table tennis during the afternoon session. Pupils competed on behalf of their schools and were awarded points based on their performances. School teams were split into two categories; Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All activities were delivered by coaches from local community sports clubs.

At the end of the Games the points were added up and the overall results were;

New Age Curling

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1st – Sidestrand B

2nd – Fred Nicolson B

3rd – Sidestrand A

SLD

1st – John Grant

2nd – Clare School

3rd – Hall School

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 MLD

1st – Fred Nicolson C

2nd – Sidestrand C

3rd – Sidestrand A

 SLD

1st – Clare School B

2nd – Hall School A

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Table Tennis

 MLD

1st – Sidestrand B

2nd – Sidestrand A

3rd – Fred Nicholson A

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1st – John Grant

2nd – Clare SchoolSpecial4

3rd – Hall School

Duathlon

 MLD

1st – Sidestrand A

2nd – Fred Nic B

3rd – Sidestrand B

 SLD

1st – John Grant

2nd – Clare School

3rd – Hall School

You can view photos of the pupils taking part in all of the activities by clicking here.

Whilst the Winter School Games programme has now come to an end, schools are now able to enter qualifying competitions for the Summer School Games programme. Schools should contact their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) for information about upcoming qualifying events.

Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 6 Report

On day 6 of the 2016 Norfolk Winter School Games, over 200 pupils from across the country took part in a Playground to Podium Festival. The festival aimed to engage more young people who have a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) in school sport.

Pupils from the following 21 schools took part in the festival;

  • Wymondham CollegeP2P 2
  • Old Buckenham High School
  • Diss High School
  • Hobart High School
  • Clare School
  • St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
  • Bure Valley Primary School
  • Jane Austin College
  • Sprowston High School
  • Blofield Primary School
  • St Williams Primary SchoolP2P 3
  • Acle St Edmond Primary School
  • Mundesley Junior School
  • Sheringham High School
  • Aylsham High School
  • Little Snoring Primary School
  • North Denes
  • Dereham Neatherd High School
  • Hellesdon High School
  • Toftwood Primary School
  • Firside Junior School

Pupils were split into 4 groups; physically disabled, hearing impaired, visually impaired and wheelchair users. Each group was given the opportunity to take part in three activities from the following list;

  • JudoP2P 1
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair tennis
  • Boccia
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics

All of the activities were delivered by coaches from local sports clubs and national governing bodies with support from volunteers from City of Norwich School, Diss High School and Easton and Otley College.

You can view photos of the pupils taking part in each of the activities by clicking here.

The 2016 Norfolk Winter School Games will conclude tomorrow with the Special School Games which will be held at the Sportspark in Norwich.

Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 5 Report

Day 5 of the Games saw plenty of action in the swimming pool and sports halls of the UEA Sportspark, with over 700 pupils taking part in the Yr 7-8 Sportshall Athletics finals, the Yr 7-9 Swimming Finals and the Yr 4-6 Swimming Finals.

Yr 7-9 Swimming FinalsSwimming2

During the morning, high school swimmers from across the county took to the pool to see who would be be crowned 2016 Norfolk School Games champions. Pupils had qualified to take part in the Finals by taking part in qualifying galas held in each of the county’s eight School Sports Partnerships (SSPs).

The event was delivered in partnership with City of Norwich Swimming Club who brought their knowledge and experience of delivering local, regional and national swimming galas to make the Norfolk School Games galas the best experience for the young people taking part. The gala benefitted from using a touch pad timing system as well as the giant display screen to display live timing.

The gala was also supported by students from the UEA Swimming Club and sports students from City College Norwich.

The pupils competed in four individual strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) over 50m as well as in 4 x 50m freestyle relays. You can download the full results from the gala by clicking here. You can also see the overall team results by clicking here.

We had a professional photographer capturing all of the action from the gala and you can view photos (and even purchase copies) of the mornings gala online.

Yr 4-6 Swimming FinalsSwimming1

After a short break, it was the turn of the Yr 4-6 pupils to battle it out. Whilst the weather was cold and snowy outside, the action in the pool was red hot.

During the afternoon session, pupils competed over the shorter distance of 25m in the four individual strokes and also in 4 x 25m freestyle relays.

To see how pupils from your school/your local school got on please view the attached results. At the end of the gala, all of the individual results were added up and the overall team results were calculated. It was the team from the South Norfolk SSP that were crowned overall team champions and the entire squad were presented with the trophy on the podium. You can also see photographs of the afternoons gala by clicking here.

Yr 7-8 Sportshall Athletics FinalsSportshall2

Whilst the swimming galas were taking place in the swimming pool, down the corridor in the sportshalls, it was the turn of the Yr 7-8 pupils from across the county to pit their wits against each other in the county sportshall athletics finals.

Pupils ran, jumped and threw their hearts out in an attempt to win this team event. The event included the following categories;

  • Yr 7 girls
  • Yr 7 boys
  • Yr 8 girls
  • Yr 8 boys

Pupils competed in the following field and track events;Sportshall1

Track Events

  • Obstacle relay
  • 2 lap relay
  • 4 lap relay
  • 6 lap relay
  • 8 lap Paarlauf

Field Events

  • Shot
  • Speed bounce
  • Standing long jump
  • Standing triple jump
  • Vertical jump

Pupils battled it out for points for their teams that were awarded dependant on their performances. All of the individual scores were added together to give an overall team score. The winners for each category were as below;

Yr 7 girls = Norwich East SSP

Yr 7 boys = South Norfolk SSP

Yr 8 girls = Norwich East SSP

Yr 8 boys = Norwich East SSP

You can view the full breakdown of results from each of the four categories by clicking here. You can also check out the photos of all of the athletics events by clicking here.

Day 6 of the Winter Finals will see hundreds of pupils taking part in a Playground to Podium Festival. The aim of the festival is to engage pupils with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) in a fun school sports festival. You can follow all of the action on Facebook (Norfolk School Games) and Twitter (@NorfolkSchGames)

Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 4 Report

The Norfolk School Games resumed today with Day 4 of the Rowing22016 Winter Finals which was held at the Sportspark at the UEA. The day saw over 600 young people aged 5-15 years old taking part in the county finals for gymnastics, sportshall athletics, table tennis and indoor rowing.

The event was opened with a short address by School Games staff as well as a welcome speech from Phil Steele the Director of the Sportspark, the main sponsor of the Norfolk School Games, and host to Day 4 of the Games. Following the speeches, the pupils were entertained by a performance from Jump Rope UK who performed an incredible display of skipping skills.

All of the pupils that took part in the Finals had qualified to represent their School Sport Partnership (SSP) by taking part in local qualifying competitions held across the county over recent Table Tennismonths.

You can view the results from each of the events by clicking on the below links;

You can also view photos of action from each of the events by following the links below. If you see a picture of your child that you like you can even purchase a copy to remember their big day.

Staff and coaches at the event were given the opportunity to nominate pupils for a brand new Norfolk School Games Sportsmanship Award. The award aims to recognise young people who show sportsmanlike qualities such as; teamwork, positive attitude, sportsmanship, empathy. Awards were given out to deserving pupils in both Primary aged events (gymnastics and sportshall athletics), with pupils being being congratulated in front of their peers and presented with a certificate at the end of each event.

Tomorrow is Day 5 of the Games and will see hundreds Gymnasticsmore young people gathering once more at the Sportspark for the County swimming finals as well as the high school sportshall athletics finals. You can follow all of the action live by following us on Twitter (@NorfolkSchGames) and Facebook (Norfolk School Games).

2016 Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 3 Report

Tag Rugby4Day 3 of the Games definitely lived up to its “Winter” title with the day starting with snow showers and a biting wind blowing throughout the day.

Over 300 pupils from across the county battled the elements in order to represent their local School Sport Partnerships (SSP) in the Norfolk School Games Tag Rugby Finals held at Norwich Rugby Club.

The event was split into two competitions, with one for Year 5-6 pupils from large schools (>125 pupils) and a separate one for Year 4-6 pupils from small schools (<125 pupils). The aim of including separate competitions for large/small schools was to encourage more of the county’s small rural schools to take part in the Games alongside the larger schools who have more pupils to select a squad from.

Over recent months, each of the 8 SSPs had held a local qualifying competition to give more young people the opportunity to represent their schools in a competitive rugby competition as well as to select which schools would represent their local area in the Norfolk School Games Finals.

Each SSP was allowed to enter 2 teams into each of the large and small competitions. In the big schools competition, school squads included 12 pupils whilst in the small schools competitions squads included 10 players. In both competitions teams were allowed 8 players on the pitch at any time with a min of 2 boys and girls on the pitch at all times in the large schools competition and at least 1 boy and girl of the pitch in all small schools matches..

Year 5-6 Large Schools CompetitionTag Rugby1

During the morning, the 16 teams in large schools competition were split into four equal groups of 4, where they competed against each other in a round robin format. Once all of the games had been completed, the highest finishing two teams from each group went forward to the afternoons Cup competition with the lowest placed two teams going into the Plate competition.

In the afternoons Cup competition, the eight teams were again split into two groups of 4 and played off against each other. The matches became tighter with the ability levels of the teams being closer.

Once the fixtures in each group were completed the teams that finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd in each group played off against each other in decide 8th-3rd position. The teams that finished 1st in each group also played each other in the grand final to decide the winners/runners up in the Cup competition. The final was played by Millfield Primary (North Norfolk SSP) and Robert Kett Primary (South Norfolk SSP) with the team from Millfield eventually coming out on top and being crowned 2016 Norfolk School Games Champions.

Similarly in the Plate competition, teams were again split into groups with those finishing in the same position in each group playing against each other for overall positions. In the Plate competition it was St Martha’s Catholic Primary School (West Norfolk SSP) that were victorious beating Stoke Holy Cross Primary (South Norfolk SSP) in the final.

Year 4-6 Small Schools CompetitionTag Rugby3

The Small Schools Competition followed a similar format to the large schools competition. In the afternoon teams were also split into separate Cup and Plate competitions.

In the small school cup competition the final was played between Wreningham Primary and Alpington & Burgh Apton Primary, both of whom were representing South Norfolk SSP. It was the team from Wreningham who were victorious and were named 2016 Norfolk School Games Small Schools Tag Rugby Champions.

In the plate competition, the final included the teams from Great Hockham (Breckland SSP) and Wimbotsham and Stow Primary (West Norfolk SSP) with the team representing West Norfolk winning.

To see the full breakdown of overall results for both the Large Schools and Small Schools Competitions please click here.

Photographs

You can also view a gallery of photographs taken at the event today. You can even purchase copies of photographs of your child to keep as a reminder of their achievements.

Clubs

If your child took part in the Norfolk School Games Tag Rugby competitions and would be interested in joining a local rugby club, then check out the clubs section of our website for more information about clubs in Norfolk.

What next?

Day 4 of the Winter Games Finals will be held on Tuesday 1st March and will see hundreds of Primary and Secondary school pupils competing in sportshall athletics, table tennis, gymnastics and indoor rowing finals. All events will be based at the Sportspark in Norwich.

2016 Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 2 Report

Monday 1st February saw Day 2 of the 2016 Norfolk School Cross Country 1Games Winter Finals take place at Gresham’s School in Holt. The second day of the Games saw over 600 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.

The conditions were blustery throughout the day, but the sun did show itself in time for the first race of the event.

Pupils were given the chance to walk the courses prior to the first race to familiarise themselves with the route and also get use to the conditions.

Each of the races was extremely exciting with runners setting off at a blistering pace with pupils trying to keep up the speed for as long as possible. Runners were cheered on by hundreds of spectators who had come to watch the top young runners in teh country compete.

The young runners completed the following distances;Cross Country 3

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

To download the full results from each race please click here.

You can also view and purchase a selection 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.

Day 3 of the Norfolk School Games Winter Finals will take place on Wednesday 3rd February where young rugby players from across the County will battle it out at Norwich Rugby Club in the Yr 5-6  and Yr 4-6 (Small Schools) Tag Rugby Finals.

2016 Norfolk Winter School Games – Day 1 Report

Skiing2Day 1 of the 2016 Norfolk Winter School Games kicked off in style with some of the most promising young skiers from across the County coming together at the Norfolk Snowsports Club in Norwich for the Yr 7-9 & 10-11 Skiing Finals.

The event was the culmination of a series of qualifying events which had been taking place within Norfolk’s eight School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) over the last few months. The finals saw teams of eight pupils from each of the SSPs battling it out in three events;

  • Individual slalom
  • Skier X
  • Team Relay

The headline results for each event were;

Individual slalom

Year 7-9

1st – Billy Heseltine (East Norfolk SSP)Skiing3

2nd – Oliver Geary (Norwich East SSP)

3rd – Ewan Croughan (South Norfolk SSP)

Year 10-11

1st – Hannah Smith (Norwich SSP)

2nd – Olivia Heseltine (East Norfolk SSP)

3rd – Amelia Williamson (Norwich SSP)

Skier X

1st – Oliver Geary (Norwich East SSP)

2nd – Pan Yiasimni (Norwich SSP)

=3rd – Ewan Croughan (South Norfolk SSP)

=3rd – Megan Day (West Norfolk SSP)Skiing4

Team Relay

1st – Norwich SSP

2nd – North Norfolk SSP

=3rd – South Norfolk SSP

=3rd -West Norfolk SSP

You can download the full results from the event by clicking here. You can view and purchase hundreds of photos from the event by clicking here.

Jo Thompson, Project Officer for Active Norfolk said;

“Our objective is to get more kids, more active more often. Todays event is for non club skiers who want to improve their skiing skills and want to compete”.

One competitior commented;

“Its something completely different and I think it is really fun to do”

Jon Osborne, School Games Organisor for the Norwich School Sport Partbership said;

“Our job is to use sport as a tool, its about helping young people find an activity that they can enjoy so they can benefit from being active for the rest of their lives”.

Day 2 of the Games will be held on Wednesday 3rd January where hundreds of pupils will take part in the 2016 Yr 5-6 Tag Rugby Finals. You can keep up to date with all of the action on Twitter by following @NorfolkSchGames or by liking Norfolk School Games on Facebook.