SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR SPORTING GLORY IN ESSEX

Hundreds of young people to take part in Sainsbury’s School Games Festival

Young people from Essex are getting the opportunity to show off their sporting talents today Wednesday 26 June 2013 and Thursday 27 June 2013 as they compete in a Sainsbury’s School Games Festival.

Future sporting stars could be unearthed during the event at Basildon Sporting Village as 2000 young people compete across a range of sports including High 5 Netball, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Quad Kids, Panathlon, Rounders, and inclusive Kwik cricket and Tennis. The festival will be opened by 300 school children showcasing the Keeping Dance Alive performance delivered by some of the most talented dancers across Essex. London 2012 Olympic Medallist Chloe Rogers from Great Dunmow who has been a Sporting Ambassador for Essex since 2008 (part of the Essex County Council funded Team Essex Ambassador’s Award) will be attending the event. The event is to be filmed by the Supporter 2 Reporter team who have been recruited from Schools across Essex.

Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Well Being said:

"The Essex School Games is an important part of a programme which assists in encouraging healthy and active lifestyles by providing sport and health related activities for young people in both schools and their local communities.

The Essex School Games builds on the success of last summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, by ensuring a Legacy and giving the next generation of young people in Essex the opportunity to compete against one another in a competitive but fun environment. Over the past two years the School Games has already seen 10,000 Essex youngsters discover and take part in new sports".

Jan Atkinson, Chair of Local Organising Committee , said:

"I am absolutely delighted that we have the opportunity, as a partnership to provide another fantastic event for young people from across Essex to showcase their sporting talents. This is another way in which we can contribute to the Olympic Legacy by ensuring young people can be competitive and active whilst demonstrating the Olympic Values of Friendship, Excellence & Respect".

Gary Sullivan OBE, Chair of Active Essex, said:

"We are thrilled to be hosting the Summer School for the second year. The School Games is a fantastic incentive for young people to get into sport and be more active. At Active Essex, we are committed to delivering a legacy from 2012 by providing more sporting opportunities for young people and we are very proud of the positive impact that School Games has had on our participants, contributing to a sustainable legacy for the county.

It was inspiring to see our young people competing over a wide range of sports at the Spring Games and I am looking forward to cheering them on at the summer event, too."

John Steele, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

"The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals provide an excellent opportunity for thousands of young people from across the country to celebrate and compete in school sport. Following London 2012 there has never been a better time to inspire young people through sport and these Festivals will do just that."

Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

"We want young people to get involved in sport, and develop a sporting habit for life. The Sainsbury's School Games is playing its part in encouraging more competitive sport in schools. Good luck to all those taking part in the 2013 competition."

For further information about how schools can become involved in the School Games go to www.Activeessex.org or www.yourschoolgames.com

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