School Games 2013
The Sainsbury’s School Games is a year round sporting initiative that is transforming competitive sport in schools and encouraging more young people to play sport.
The Level 3 School Games Festivals are a County inter-school competition resulting from the Level 1 intra-school competitions (Class-v-class competitions within the schools) and the Level 2 inter-school competitions (school-v-school competitions) which have taken place locally throughout the year.
The Sainsbury’s School Games in Oxfordshire is part of the National School Games funded by Sport England. It’s a key part of the Government’s programme to develop a meaningful sporting legacy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The School Games is a year round sporting initiative that is transforming competitive sport in schools and encouraging more young people to play sport.
The 2013 School Games follows on from the successful launch of the School Games in 2012, and is being delivered throughout 2013 through a variety of events, including a focus week from 19th – 22nd March (Winter Festival).
The Games will be a fantastic sporting celebration of the talents and skills of young people from across the county. Young people aged 7 to 16 from Primary, Secondary and Special schools, both able bodied and disabled, will compete in large scale multi-sport events and in single sport events at a range of venues in and around Oxford.
Schools from across the county have taken part in qualifying tournaments within their own schools and between schools in their local areas. The local area winners will represent their school and their district at the showpiece County Finals (winter and summer festivals)
Fraser Long, Chair of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Headteacher of BGN School says,
"The School Games is an amazing project. It enables children and young people to compete in sport and provides opportunities and experiences including volunteering, officiating, leadership and cultural activities. This develops a meaningful sporting and cultural legacy for the future.”
Chris Freeman, Managing Director of Oxfordshire Sports Partnership says,
“This year the School Games will involve more children and young people in Oxfordshire which builds on the legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics to get everyone doing more sport. The School Games have been divided into winter and summer festivals which have enabled the introduction of a wider range of sports; increasing opportunities for more children and young people to be a part of the School Games in 2013.”
A Meaningful Legacy
The School Games is not just about the young people who compete and play sport. The Legacy of the Games will also be in the young people who are trained as sports leaders and team managers, carrying out meaningful roles and gaining valuable experience in the run up to and on the event days. This will include opportunities for young volunteers to experience a range of roles, including event management, sports officiating and media work.
The 2013 Sainsbury's School Games Summer Festival will see 170 School teams and over 1,400 local young people from Primary, Secondary and Special schools from across the county compete in 12 sports at 3 venues: Horspath Athletics and Sports Ground, Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and Oxford University Sports Complex Iffley Road.
Full details about the Summer Festival can be found by following the link at the bottom of the page.
Full details of the results from the winter festival and photographs can be found by following the link at the bottom of the page.