Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:53
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games is officially underway for the 2012/13 academic year, as four local sport stars back the programme.
Open to all young people aged 5-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds in every school from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, the School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. It is also a key Government priority for realising a meaningful legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The four sports stars acting as Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games ambassadors for the 2012/13 academic year are Team GB triathlete, Lucy Hall, double Junior World Race cycling Champion Lucy Garner and former Leicester Tigers players, Harry Ellis and Matt Hampson.
Lucy Hall, who is from Harborough and raced for Team GB at London 2012 in the Triathlon event, contributing to fellow triathlete Helen Jenkins finishing fifth, is pleased to be involved:
"Competing at London 2012 was the biggest race of my career and an amazing experience and I hope it has inspired young people to get and stay involved in sport at school, and the School Games provides a great opportunity to do that."
Matt Hampson, whose world was rocked by a serious spinal injury sustained while training with England U21s and who has since created The Matt Hampson Foundation, is looking forward to seeing the young athletes in action:
"I am delighted to be acting as a School Games Ambassador for 2013; The Matt Hampson Foundation is about inspiring and supporting young people in sport and the School Games provides young people with the opportunity to be inspired to take part in more competitive school sport. I look forward to meeting some of the athletes at the Championship events."
Harry Ellis, a retired rugby union player who played for Leicester Tigers, England the British & Irish Lions and who is currently completing a Sports Science degree at Loughborough and is looking to get into teaching, added:
"I am honoured to have been asked to be a School Games Ambassador; I look forward to supporting the programme and events where possible and helping to inspire young athletes to get involved this year."
Lucy Garner from Blaby (an Ambassador last year), who is the Junior World Road Race champion for the second year running and who has now joined a Dutch Women's Cycling Team, talked about the importance of competitive school sport:
"I am very proud to be an Ambassador for the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games again; school sport is so important for young people, and was to me, and the School Games enables every school and young person to take part in competitive sport, hopefully even more inspired by the amazing spectacle that was London 2012."
Through our 10 local School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs), Levels 1 and 2 are currently being delivered across 10 partnership areas within Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, by School Games Organisers (SGOs).
Young people are competing against other Schools now in their partnership area to be crowned the winner to quality for one of the following Level 3 events:
- Super-Series Finals held throughout the year
- Spring Championships on 22nd March at Loughborough University
- Summer Championships on 28th June at Uppingham Sports Centre
Leicester-Shire & Rutland's GOT TALENT!
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Local Organising Committee (LOC) is running a variety talent competition which is open to all young people aged 5 – 19 years from Schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland to showcase their skills and talents.
The competition is part of the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games programme, which is part of a national programme to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.
The aim of the competition is to find other talents our young people have and showcase them at our pinnacle School Games Spring Championships event which takes place on Friday 22nd March 2013 at Loughborough University.
The competition is for dancers, singers, bands, musicians and alterative skills or talents, and is open to School aged individuals, groups and classes.
3 individuals/groups can win themselves the opportunity to perform at the Opening/Closing Ceremony in front of thousands of young people and spectators at the Spring School Games Championships in March!
For more information, and to get involved visit www.lrsport.org/schoolgames