Day 1 – Summer Finals Kicks off with Girls Showing Off Their Football Skills

football2Today saw the 2017 Norfolk Summer School Games Finals kick off in style with the Yr 3-4 girls football finals. The event was held in unexpectedly wintery conditions at the Goals Soccer Centre in Norwich.

Over 230 girls from across the County represented their school in the finals and did their very best to show off their football skills as well as their sportsmanlike qualities.

All of the teams that took part in the Finals had qualified to take part by competing in a local qualifying competition run by each of the 8 school sport partnerships in Norfolk.

The Finals included two separate events; the Champions football1League competition which was for teams who had qualified in 1st or 2nd place within their local qualifying competition and, the UEFA Cup which was for the teams who qualified in 3rd or 4th place.

Once the teams had been welcomed to the event they were split into groups of up to four teams. The teams played against each other in a round robin format.

Matches were 8 minutes long with teams being able to make rolling substitutes to give all players plenty of playing time. All matches were refereed by sport students from Easton and Otley College.

Once all of the results were calculated and announced, the football 5teams that finished 1st or 2nd in each group were invited to proceed into the Cup competition. Meanwhile, teams that finishedd 3rd or 4th were invited to take part in the Plate competitions. The Cup and Plate competitions both included two groups

Teams were again split into equal groups where they had the opportunity to play against the other teams in the group.

Once this stage was completed teams progressed into the Play Off stages where the teams who finished in the same position in each of the two groups played off against each other for overall positions.

The full breakdown of results were as below;

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1st – Fakenham Junior School (North Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Dussindale Primary School (Norwich East SSP)

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

4th – Parker’s Primary School (Breckland SSP)

5th – Ellingham Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

6th – St Williams Way Primary School (Norwich East SSP)

7th – Hempnall Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

8th – South Wootton Junior School (West Norfolk SSP)


=9th – Bignold Primary School (Norwich SSP)

=9th – Colman Junior School (Norwich SSP)

11th – Firside Junior School (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

12th – Woodlands Primary School A (East Norfolk SSP)

13th – Reffley Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

14th – Ashill Primary School (Breckland SSP)

15th – Woodlands Primary School B (East Norfolk SSP)

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1st – Docking Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

2nd – Woodland View Junior School (Norwich East SSP)

=3rd – Feltwell Primary School (Breckland SSP)

=3rd – Swanton Morley Primary School (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

=5th – Trowse Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

=5th – Robert Kett Primary School (South Norfolk SSP)

7th – Wroughton Junior School B (East Norfolk SSP)

8th – Old Catton Junior School (Norwich East SSP)


9th – Bluebell Primary School (Norwich SSP)

10th – St Peter’s Easton (West Norwich & Dereham SSP)

11th – Mulbarton Junior School (Norwich SSP)

12th – Ashwicken Primary School (West Norfolk SSP)

13th – Wroughton Junior School A (East Norfolk SSP)

You can view photos of the Finals and even buy copies as a momento of your child taking part by visiting our School Games photo gallery.

The winning team in both of the cup competitions were presented with a trophy whilst the teams that won the plate competitions were both awarded a small shield. All participants were given a certificate to commemorate their achievements in qualifying for the finals and excellent performances throughout the event.

During the event school staff were given the opportunity to nominate pupils to receive a Norfolk School Games Sportsmanship Award. These are given to pupils who show excellent sportsmanlike qualities such as determination, focus, motivation, team work and social skills. At the end of the presentation ceremony certificates were presented to 12 well deserving pupils who had been nominated for an award.

Join a local club

If your child daughter took part in the Finals and is interested in developing their football skills further by joining a local football team then visit our Clubs page for more information about football clubs in Norfolk.

Alternatively, why not take them along to one of the new Wildcats Girls Football Club run by Norfolk FA. Visit the Norfolk FA website for more information about where and when they are held.

The Norfolk School Games Finals will continue on Monday 19th June when young pupils from across Norfolk will compete in the Yr 1-2 & 3-4 Tri Golf Finals at the Norwich Family Golf Centre.

In the meantime why not keep up to date with the Norfolk School Games by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To find out more about the Games and how your school could get involved please visit the Information page of this site.

Day 4 – Norfolk School Games in ‘oar’ of Secondary Rowers.

Friday 3rd of March played host to the final day of the Norfolk Winter School Games and over 190 athletes from across the county represented their School Sports Partnership in the Indoor Rowing Finals, at UEA Sportspark

The day saw each of the 8 School Sport Partnerships compete with 24 athletes spanning 4 years where their squads qualified via the Level 2 competition pathway.

The finals saw individual races that were ranked by athletes finishing times; following the individual races there was a series of team relays consisting of 6 athletes rotating after every 500m to complete either 3000m or 6000m depending on their age group.


See below for the overall team results

1st – North Norfolk SSP – 49 pointsO63A7759

2nd – South Norfolk SSP – 52 points

3rd – West Norfolk SSP – 108 points

4th – Norwich East SSP – 133 points

5th – West Norwich and Dereham SSP – 143 points

6th – Norwich SSP – 161 points

7th – Breckland SSP – 175 points

8th – East Norfolk SSP – 193 points

You can also download the individual event results.


To view photos of all of the action please visit our photo gallery.

This event was once again strongly supported by Dan Hetherington, from British Rowing who we would like to say a huge thank you to for his continued hard work and support and special thanks also must go to Norwich Rowing club for supporting the event.

This event is extremely pleasing to organize and witness as we feel that the level of participation at both Level 2 and level 3 across the county in this event provides us with a diverse grouping of competitors that demonstrate the School Games values most evidently and really enforces the message that competitive school sport can be enjoyed by all young people.

A fantastic day enjoyed by all surrounded by a hive of atmosphere, laughter and determination to do your personal best.

“ A fantastic day excellently organized and ran, our students have really enjoyed the day, thank you!” Fakenham Academy

Many thanks to everyone involved in today’s event, our leaders who were supplied by Cliff Park Ormiston Academy were exceptional and we look forward the Norfolk Summer School Games in June.

Day 4 – Pupils Run, Jump & Throw Themselves into Sportshall Athletics Action

As part of the final day of 2017 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals action the Sportshall Athletics County Level 3 competition took place at the Sportspark. This saw nearly 200 young athletes from Years 4 to 6 taking part in a wide range of Athletics events & scoring as many points as possible for their Partnership teams.

Each of the Teams had qualified to represent theirO63A8055 local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included competitors in both the Big Schools and the Small Schools events

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.

With a packed program of track & field events it didn’t take long for the action to get underway and the atmosphere to reach fever pitch inside the Main Hall of the Sportspark. There were some fantastic performances throughout the day, with all the children showing great levels of enthusiasm, teamwork & sportsmanship throughout both the Big & Small School competitions.


A full breakdown of the results – including the Big Schools Girls & Boys Team winners – can be seen by clicking here,

The top 3 SSP teams overall in each competition were as follows

1st  Woodlands (East Norfolk SSP) 1st Fairhaven (Norwich East SSP)
2nd Fakenham (North Norfolk SSP) 2nd Wreningham (South Norfolk SSP)
3rd Drayton & Toftwood (West Norwich & Dereham SSP) 3rd Rollesby (East Norfolk SSP)

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

We would like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Adam from Sportshall UK who compered, organised and ran the day in a brilliant manner that had everyone engaged, enthused & unable to stop smiling! The event was also supported by Sports Leaders from Easton College, 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.

The 2017 Norfolk School Games Finals take a short break now, coming back with the Year 3-4 Girls Football Competition on April 25th at Goals Soccer Centre in Norwich.

Day 4 – Young Gymnasts Show Off Their Skills At School Games Gymnastics Finals

Day 4 of the Norfolk Winter School Games 2017 saw 78 Year 1 and 2children from across the County competing in our Key Stage 1 Keysteps Gymnastics Final.

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

We were very fortunate to have fully qualified regional, club and Sportspark coaches plus an excellent group of leaders from local Gym clubs, and also from Thorpe St Andrew School & Sixth Form, supporting us at our event today.

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

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

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1st – Spooner Row Primary School (Rainbows), who also picked up the Keysteps Gymnastics Trophy 2017.

2nd – Rollesby Primary School

3rd – St Francis of Assisi Primary School

Well done to all of our competitors for their great efforts and their enthusiasm throughout the event.

You can download the full results from the event by following the link.


You can also view and purchase photographs of the event by visiting our event photo gallery.


Day 3 – Young Swimmers Make a Splash at School Games Swimming Finals

On Day 3 of the Winter Games, over 200 young swimmers competed in the Norfolk School Games Yr 4-6 swimming finals. The event saw the top young swimmers from each of the eight School Sport Partnerships (SSP) battling it out to be crowned School Games champions.

The event was held at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia and was delivered in partnership with the UEA City of Norwich Swimming Club.

The finals included the following events for boys and girls in Years 4, 5 & 6.

  • 25m Backstroke
  • 25m Breaststroke
  • 25m Butterfly
  • 25m Freestyle
  • 4 x 25m medley relay (2 boys & 2 girls)
  • 6 x 25m freestyle canon relay (1 boy & one girl from each year group)

You can download the full results from the gala.

You can also view a gallery of photos taken at the gala by clicking here.

Jon Osborne. School Games Organiser commented;

“We are really proud to have given thousands of pupils the opportunity to take part in their very first competitive swimming gala through the qualifying events held in each of the 8 SSP’s in Norfolk in the lead up to today’s finals. It was great to see the pupils who qualified for today’s county finals challenging themselves against other top swimmers from across the county. We hope that all of the pupils involved in the Norfolk School Games swimming events will now go on and join a community swimming club in order to develop their interest in swimming further”

If your child is interested in joining a local swimming club then visit the clubs page of our website.

The Norfolk School Games Winter Finals concludes tomorrow with pupils from Y1 to Y10 competing in a variety of sports including Key Steps Gymnastics, Sportshall Athletics and Indoor Rowing. You can keep up to date with all of the action by following us on social media. Simply search for “Norfolk School Games” on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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.