Norfolk Summer School Games – Day 2

Day 2 of the Summer School Games took place in the beautiful sunshine of Whitlingham Country Park. The day included county finals in two sports which were both new to the Norfolk School Games; sailing and cycling. Both were introduced to provide a wider range of competitive school sport activities to young people across the county.

Yr 5-6 Sailing Finals

The sailing finals were the culmination of a county wide programme which aimed to teach young people in school years 5-6 to sail.  Schools were given the chance to take groups of pupils to Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre to complete a Royal Yacht Association (RYA) “Learn to Sail” course. The course was 12 hours long and gave the participating pupils the basic skills and understanding to be able to sail a small boat. At the end of the course pupils were given the opportunity to race around a set course as quickly as possible. The fastest four young sailors from each School Sport Partnership (SSP) were then invited to represent their local area at the Games.

The finals were a combination of single hander (individual race) and double hander (pairs race) sailing regatta. Teams raced around a regatta course (simplified ‘Olympic trapezoid’ course) with points awarded as they cross the finishing line, with the first dinghy to finish gaining the most points. All 4 competitors competed in both single hander and double hander classes and earned points for their team in a variety of races.

At the end of the event the overall scores were added up for each SSP team and the following results were announced;

1st – North Norfolk SSP

2nd – West Norfolk SSP

3rd – Norwich SSP (“Starboard”)

4th – West Norwich and Dereham SSP

5th – Norwich SSP (“Port”)

6th – Norwich East SSP

7th – South Norfolk SSP

8th – East Norfolk SSP

For a full breakdown of the results including points scored for each race please visit the results section.

 Year 5-6 Cycling Finals

The cycling finals challenged pupils to take part in a range of activities which challenged a variety of their cycling skills inc sprinting, cornering and endurance.

Pupils competed in teams of 4 with each team consisting of 2 boys and 2 girls. All of the pupils taking part had qualified for the Finals by winning their local SSP qualifying competition.

Pupils started the event by taking part in a “Zig Zag Sprint” which challenged pupils to race in groups of four along an 80m zig zag shaped course. The activity was run as a knock out competition with the first two pupils in each race progressing to the next round.

The next activity was the “Downhill Slalom” which challenged pupils to use their cornering skills as well as they speed management and braking skills. Pupils were given three opportunities to gain the quickest time possible over the set 3om slalom course.

To finish of the event pupils team up with a team mate to complete an endurance race around an off road course. Each pair had to complete four laps of the tough course with each cyclist completing one lap at a time. In the hot an humid conditions the race was grueling and riders fitness levels as well as their ability to pace themselves was tested.

Pupils were awarded points for each activity dependent on their performance. At the end of the day all of the points were added up with the following overall results;

1st – South Norfolk SSP

2nd – East Norfolk SSP

3rd – Norwich SSP 1

4th – West Norwich and Dereham SSP

5th – West Norfolk SSP

6th – Norwich SSP 2

7th – Norwich East SSP

For a full breakdown of the results including points scored for each race please visits the results section.

All activities were delivered by fully qualified cycling coaches from Tri-A-Sport CIC

Photographs of Day 2

Our event photographers (MP Photo and Video) have uploaded all of the pictures from Day 2 of the Games to their website where you can view all of the photos and even purchase copies of them (from £6.20).

Coming next…..Day 3 inc Yr 7-11 Angling and Yr 3-4 Football Finals.