February 26th, 2018
As part of the first day of 2018 Norfolk School Games Winter Finals action the Sportshall Athletics County Level 3 competitions took place at the Sportspark. Despite the wintery conditions outside, close to 300 young athletes from Years 3 through to 6 took part in a wide range of Athletics events inside the fantastic facility of the Sportspark & tried to score as many points as possible for their Partnership teams.
Each of the Teams had qualified to represent their local School Sports Partnership (SSP) by taking part in a prior qualifying competition. Each SSP team included competitors in the Big Schools (Yr5/6), Small Schools (Yr4-6) and Yr3/4 events â€“ with the competition for the younger children being new to the Norfolk School Games for 2018
Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16.Â It was created to provide a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months and quickly developed into a new form of team competition. The program focusses on fitness and multi-skill development providing grounding for all sports. It is totally inclusive, encourages children to get fit and promotes friendship whilst having lots of fun.
It was the older children who took centre stage first, with Pupils from Years 4 to 6 competing for their SSP in both Big Schools & Small Schools. It didn’t take long for the atmosphere to hit fever pitch as the boys & girls were cheered on to some fantastic performances driven by great displays of enthusiasm & sportsmanship.
After a short break for lunch it was then the team of the Year 3 & 4 pupils to shine, as they got the chance to take part in this brilliant sport for the first time as part of the Norfolk School Games program. They did superbly well and showed some excellent determination & talent to put on a real show for the watching parents to crown a wonderful day of sporting action.
Big School – Girls
|5th||South Wootton||West Norfolk||76|
|6th||Reepham||West Norwich & Dereham||38|
Big School – Boys
|3rd||Firside||West Norwich & Dereham||118|
|4th||Holly Meadows||West Norfolk||114|
|6th||St. Francis of Assissi||Norwich||74|
Small Schools Combined
|4th||Sandringham & West Newton||West Norfolk||182|
|7th||Great Witchingham||West Norwich & Dereham||122|
Year 3/4 – Girls
|4th||Terrington St. Clements||West Norfolk||116|
|5th||Taverham||West Norwich & Dereham||104|
Year 3/4 – Boys
|3rd||St. Francis of Assissi||Norwich||152|
|5th||Firside||West Norwich & Dereham||114|
Click here for the full results from today’s competitions .
You can also view and purchase a selection of photos, of each race taken by our event photographer by clicking Sportshall Athletics – Morning (morning) and Sportshall Athletics – Afternoon(afternoon).
We would like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Adam from Sportshall UK who compered, organised and ran the day in a brilliant manner that had everyone engaged, enthused & unable to stop smiling! The event was also supported by Sports Leaders from Taverham High School, who acted as officials for the Track events and ran the Field events so we would like to extend a big thank you to them as well. Also, we were incredibly lucky to be able to have 2018 GB Commonwealth Games Athlete Iona Lake there with us on the day, who handed out the much sought-after medals & trophies as well as provided a huge source of inspiration for all the youngsters.
The 2018 Norfolk School Games Finals take a short break now, coming back with the Year 3-6 Girls Football Competition on March 1st at Goals Soccer Centre in Norwich.