LRS School Games Virtual Summer Championships 2020
We may be still physically distanced from each other but that didn't stop school children from across the county coming together, virtually, to take part in our first School Games Virtual Summer Championships. With over 3,000 young people putting forward their best score in a range of challenges, we had over 15,000 entries into the 4 sports categories.
Our week-long championships started on Monday 22nd June (the start of National School Sport Week) and ran throughout the week with young people able to take part in our challenges and upload their scores to represent their school.
Our virtual event gave even more young people the opportunity to participate and represent their school in this interactive county-wide competition, as the challenges were open to all and accessible whether they were taking part individually at home, or were now back in a school environment. 123 schools were represented in the competition over the week.
This first ever Leicester-Shire and Rutland School Games Virtual Summer Championships was supported by a range of professional sports teams and sports personalities from across our county and beyond. Leicester City star and England International James Maddison pledged his support for the event along with a host of talented sports stars and Team GB Olympians & Paralympians, including those that should have been heading out to Tokyo themselves this summer. They recorded messages of support and took part in the challenges to motivate and challenge the young people taking part in the event. These videos were used to not only explain the challenges but give young people a chance to engage with and try to beat the professional.
Leicester City Football Club – James Maddison (Leicester City FC and England international)
Sam Ruddock – GB Paralympian (London 2012 - 200m sprint, Rio 2016 - Shot putt, Tokyo 2020/21 – Cycling)
Kathryn Fudge – GB Olympian (London 2012)– GB Handball team
Sarah Evans – GB (2018 Commonwealth Games) – Bronze (Tokyo 2020/21 – Hockey)
Giles Moore – GB Paralympian – (Rio 2016) – Football - England/GB Paralympic GK
Jack Rutter – GB Paralympian (Rio 2016) – Football - England & GB Paralympic captain
LRS Go Gold Ambassadors:
Lizzi Rigley – England/GB women's cycle speedway vice captain
Maisie Elliott – 100 & 200 metre swimmer
Vicki Brown from County Champion, Ab Kettleby Primary School said, "The children really enjoyed taking part in the different challenges and representing Team Melton & Belvoir. It was nice also to see the children from our school featuring on East Midlands Today."
Caren Godsell from Orchard Primary School also commented, "We have had great fun doing this and have posted some of the pictures on Twitter. Thanks for giving the children an opportunity to enjoy the lovely weather we are having at the moment!"
LRS Sports Development Officer, Liam Drake who runs the County-wide school sport offer has said, "Our School Games Virtual Summer Championships was a huge success that exceeded the aims and expectations that we had in terms of the engagement of young people across the county. We would like to put on record our huge thanks to everyone involved - schools, pupils, staff and parents; SSPAN staff and all of the sportspeople, GO GOLD athletes and famous faces that took the time to record good luck massages and film themselves taking some of the HiFIVE challenges.
As well as being a fantastic event, the Virtual Summer Championships has confirmed to us that there is an appetite for virtual school sport events and competitions, not only in the short term whilst we go through the current situation, but also beyond that which will hopefully allow us to make these events more sustainable and engage with even more young people, particularly those who don't necessarily get or take the opportunity to represent their school in "traditional" school sports competitions."
For a full list of results, click the link below...
School Games Championships
We stage the County Final showcase events in the form of Championship events.
Level 2 winning partnership school teams then compete at the Championships to be crowned 'County Champions' in their particular competition!
The School Games Paralympic Festival was a new addition for 2019/20 and was due to take place in March 2020. We hope to deliver this event around the same time in 2021 as we build towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer!
The School Games Summer Championships takes place each June for primary aged athletes. Again this was unable to take place in 2020 so was replaced by the Virtual Summer Championships which attracted around 3,000 participants!
Make sure your School has the chance to qualify for the next Championships, by contacting your School Games Organiser (SGO)!
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