Bedfordshire's Summer School Games 2016
Posted: Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:31 by Abi Bond
Here's a quick report from our School Games Makers at Lealands High School, Luton:
Bedfordshire's School games started off with a bang with an amazing opening ceremony featuring some amazing acts and people. A special guest appearance from Zac Purchase, Olympic Medallist and British Rower, only sweetened the act. His speech was sure to inspire and motivate future sportsmen and he didn't disappoint. We started with a brilliant musical performance from the kids of Castle Newham School, the beat was sure going to get you. Soon after Dancestarz cheerleading then blew us away with a dangerous yet exciting act to be shocked about and yet still wanting to watch. The flag bearers of each team then came out, at the same time showing us the different aspects to the games, what it stands for and what we should aspire to. It let each team know all of the ways that we should act and how to be humble in defeat and victory. A performance and countdown from Shaniah and Janak then topped the whole thing off and got us all in a competitive spirit ready for the games.
There were many different activities being held throughout the day, rounder's being amongst them. Many schools from across the county took part and each had a great day out. Although some schools did better than others, a fun time was had by all and each person left with a feeling of victory. Some great achievements took place today and everyone's enthusiasm was amazing and to be respected.
Gill Morrow, Bedfordshire School Games Event Manager believes that "the School Games are a fantastic opportunity for young people to be involved in the continuing legacy of London 2012 bringing culture and sport together. Each competition taking place is the Bedfordshire county final of that sport. Teams have had to compete in their School Games Area through the year first before making it to the finals on Thursday – we had over 800 children from mainstream and special schools competing in 7 different sports and over 70 young leaders volunteering as School Games Makers – it was a fantastic day all round!"
Lloyd Conaway, Director TeamBeds&Luton quoted: "It was fantastic to see almost 1000 young people from Bedfordshire & Luton participating in a series of sports all showing the values of determination, commitment and fair play. The skill level was very high and the opening ceremony inspired everyone and the sun graced us for most of the day!"
Click below to see the medal winners from the day...