Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:09
- Over 950 athletes aged 8 – 11 years, from over 65 Schools will be competing.
- 12 competitions across 8 sports –Athletics, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Tennis and Tri-Golf.
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Summer Championships, the showcase finale to the 2014/15 Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Programme, is set to inspire over 950 of our most talented young athletes and disabled athletes aged 8-11 years, from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
The primary aged aspiring athletes, representing over 65 schools, in 112 teams, will be representing our 10 School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs), in 12 competitions across 8 sports.
The action-packed event will see the athletes show off their sporting talent and go head-to-head against the other Partnerships, all of which will have qualified from Level 2 area finals, to participate in this Level 3 County Final Championships.
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Summer Championships will be officially opened by local School Games Ambassador Sam Ruddock (Paralympic Shot Put athlete). The 'Opening Ceremony' will see a demonstration from Sporting Champion Keelan Phillips who is a multi-champion pro freestyle BMX rider.
Keelan will be attending the event in his capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champions and is excited about interacting with the young people at the event.
"It will be absolutely brilliant to go to Leicestershire and watch some great sporting action at the Leicester-Shire and Rutland School Games. I have been lucky enough to travel and share my experiences as a BMX rider and I'm sure many of the very talented young people competing at this event can go on to do so too in their own sports. The School Games provides the perfect opportunity for the young athletes to go out there and inspire others. "
4 hours of competitive action will then follow, indoors and outdoors across the impressive Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College site.
The Games will culminate in a 'Closing Ceremony' in which Sam Ruddock will present trophies and Gold Medals to the winners, Silver and Bronze Medals to 2nd and 3rd place and trophies to the 'Spirit of the Games' winners, from each competition.
Which Partnership will be crowned 'School Games Champions' and 'Spirit of the Games Champions' for 2014/15?
The Summer Championships is the finale to the 2014/15 School Games programme, after 25 Super-Series Final and the Spring and Summer Championships, the Partnership that tops the on-going medals table after the day's competitions will receive the overall '2014/15 School Games Champions' trophy, which was won by Hinckley & Bosworth last year.
In addition the Partnership that has won the most 'Spirit of the Games' awards over the year will receive the overall '2014/15 Spirit of the Games Champions' trophy, claimed proudly by Rutland last year!
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games is part of the national 'Sainsbury's School Games' programme of competitive sport that is open to all young people in every school from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. It is a celebration of competitive sport that involves young people aged 5-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds.