Schools set to battle it out

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 21 February 2013 Updated: 21/02 16:57

OVER 1000 youngsters from schools across Worcestershire will come together on Thursday to take part in the Worcestershire Winter Sainsbury’s School Games.

The Games - which will take place at the University of Worcester, Top Barn Activity Centre, St John’s Sports Centre and Christopher Whitehead Language College - will harness the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics to inspire young people to be the best they can.

Children aged eight to 16-years-old will go head-to-head in their own mini Olympics, battling it out for the title of Worcestershire School Games Champion in eight different sports.

The Games will be supported by 200 volunteers who are currently receiving special training to run the event in a range of roles including team leaders, event support and an on-site media team gathering video footage of the day and interviewing participants.

The Games will have their own set of ‘Olympic values,’ which everyone participating will have to commit to uphold. They are passion, honesty, teamwork, respect, determination and self-belief.

Competitors will represent both their school and their district in the Games, with the county divided into the six districts of Redditch, North Worcestershire, Droitwich and Worcester City, South Worcestershire, Worcestershire West and Wyre Forest.

Sports will include hockey, football, athletics, netball, badminton, rugby, boccia and curling with 23 competitions taking place during the day. An Interactive Village will also be open - at the University of Worcester - between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Stephen Brewster, Director of The Sports Partnership for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “We are really looking forward to the Worcestershire Winter Sainsbury’s School Games.

“Following on from the Summer School Games last year, the initiative presents a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire our young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

“Celebrating sport, competition and teamwork are at the heart of the festival as is the continuing Olympic legacy of encouraging young people to be the best they can.”

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