Hundreds of Children get Active at the Berkshire School Games Festival
Posted: Thu, 07 Jul 2022 13:10
The Berkshire School Games formed part of the United by Birmingham Commonwealth Games programme this year, welcoming over 700 children to take part in a series of inspiring activities.
Pupils from 49 schools across Berkshire gathered at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on 1st July to take part in the first summer School Games festival in three years.
Moving away from promoting competition, the Berkshire School Games organisers, supported by Get Berkshire Active, aimed to encourage children of all abilities, in particular those less engaged in physical activity, to experience the joy of taking part. Activities were designed to boost confidence, create fun and give everyone a positive experience.
Berkshire School Games Manager, Sarah Taylor, said: "We have been delighted at how schools have responded to our call to bring pupils who are less active. To enable them to experience that powerful feeling of being part of a team, representing your school and your School Sport Network and enjoying all the brilliants things being physically active can bring to your life."
The day, helped by 140 young leaders from schools across Berkshire, consisted of 12 events. This included traditional sports such as touch rugby, cricket, tennis and golf, as well as a chance to try out new activities like ultimate frisbee, new age kurling and foot golf.
Alongside ran a Cultural Village of activities to inspire young people to find different ways to get their Active 60 Minutes, as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty. The village included circus skills; garden games; skipping; speed stacking and fencing.
The United by Birmingham 2022 (Commonwealth Games Legacy) programme supports the mission to improve the health and wellbeing of young people across the country, particularly those who need it most. As a result, children also got the chance to take part in a Commonwealth Games Festival, trying out unique activities represented by each country, from wrestling to pillo polo.
For more details about the Berkshire School Games visit https://getberkshireactive.org/school-games