Winter School Games Success!
Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 13:17
833 children from 77 schools across Berkshire gathered at Braywick Leisure Centre on Wednesday for the annual Winter School Games Festival.
The School Games provides an opportunity for young people to experience the benefit of physical activity in an inclusive, welcoming environment with a focus on having fun, creating positive experiences and encouraging the uptake of active 60 minutes each day.
Sarah Taylor, School Games Manager, said: "Our Events aim to inspire young people to be more active every day. We hope by providing a memorable range of different positive experiences they will be encouraged to find activities that they enjoy and help them remain Active for Life."
13 events took place across the whole day, from traditional events such as netball & hockey to new more inclusive formats for girls' football, swimming, and Invictus with the addition of events in the newly created Active 60 zone, celebrating getting active in any way that suits.
Pupils had the chance to try out events such as table cricket, fencing, skipping, cycling and more. As well as take part in Boccia, Touch Rugby, Table Cricket and Change4Life Festival, featuring fun games and new activities like archery.
The day kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony featuring an original song created and performed by Iqra Primary School around the importance of young people and children getting active for 60 minutes every day. As well as a high energy, fun warm up led by coaches at Leisure Focus.
The day was helped by 130 young festival leaders including Newlands Girls, 30 School Games Crew and organisers, the support of the team at Leisure Focus and all the participating schools.
The School Games, which forms part of physical activity charity Get Berkshire Active, aims to provide opportunities for those less often engaged in sporting events. The event saw them welcome over 200 SEN pupils, provide events tailored to all ability levels and encourage diversity in the uptake of participants, with the aim of increasing confidence and commitment when it comes to getting 60 active minutes each day.