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.

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.