After a 2-year break, the County School Games Summer Festival is back on the 24th June 2022 at Keele University Sports Centre.
Schools across Staffordshire have taken part in their local heats, and now we’re looking forward to welcoming around 1000 young people and 300 schools from years 3 to 10 to this celebration of all things active. We’ll also host the County Finals for Cross Country, Dodgeball and Rounders on the day.
The School Games aren’t just for the sportiest young people. The new direction for School Games is that it is a celebration of physical activity and sport for pupils that provides opportunities for all young people regardless of their experience, talent or ability.
With this in mind, happening on the day we also have a Sport4All inclusive event and Quidditch for those young people that might have never been chosen to represent their school before.
Additionally, this year we’re delighted to have funding to support the Commonwealth Games Legacy. We have used this to work with students in Years 9 and 10 We have targeted Year 9/10 who are less active and not as engaged in sport and physical activity. Using youth consultation, we have spoken to them and gathered their feedback and have developed taster sessions of activities they would like to try at the Festival, giving them new opportunities to find an activity they love. We’ve also focussed on mental health, and how being more active can help support young people who might be struggling.
We’re also very excited to be welcoming Commonwealth Games Mascot Perry, who will help inspire the young people by highlighting the importance of physical activity.
Perry will be one of a number of VIPs and Sports Stars attending the Festival. We will also be welcoming media students from Ormiston Horizon Academy for the day, who will help us collect photos, videos and interviews to write reports on the day.
Being physically active is so important for body and mind, and after two very difficult years, we hope to give these incredible young people a festival to remember.