Over 2000 Talented Young Brummies compete in School Games
Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:31
A number of schools in Birmingham took part in the School Games Winter Festival of 2019 at the University of Birmingham.
In its eighth year, the Games took place on 4th April 2019 and saw children from Birmingham schools competing against each other. British Judo Paralympic and bronze medallist Christopher Skelley joined local Team GB Boxer Niall Farrell and were some of the stars on hand to inspire the young participants.
Birmingham School Games is part of the national School Games, an exciting fully inclusive competition for school children, giving them the opportunity to experience a large scale multi-sport event and builds on the legacy of events such as London 2012 and Rio 2016. It gives many young people the first taste of competitive school sport.
This follows a recent Sport England Active Lives Children Survey which found that 38% of children in Birmingham are not active for at least 30mins per day. The survey also shows that activity levels decrease as children progress from primary to secondary school and also that activity levels are lower for females and those from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The Birmingham School Games is organised by Sport Birmingham in partnership with School Games Organisers across the city. The programme is a celebration of school sport and culture and offers a year-round calendar of sports activity for all young people in years 3 to 13 across the city. It also provides opportunities to get involved, not just as participants, but also in other areas such as event organisation, officiating, volunteering and cultural activities.
Mike Chamberlain Chief Executive, Sport Birmingham said ' The Games are a positive example of how sport can engage young people of all ages, abilities and from a variety of backgrounds. It provides the first taste of multi-sport competition for many young Brummies – talent is celebrated and there is no doubt that this experience will inspire many youngsters to excel in their chosen sports, and one day represent Birmingham or even Great Britain at the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022'
During the winter programme of the School Games, there were 18 different sports competitions held across February, March and April as part of the City Finals. These competitions attracted participation of 2,252 individuals – with over fifty percent being female. Further breakdown available below
A number of landmark Birmingham venues were used in the competitions, these include GMAC, Birmingham Hippodrome and The University of Birmingham. These venues will be used in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and offer young people the chance to compete in top-class facilities and further inspiration to continue their sporting journey
Key Stats from the Winter programme include:
Attendance at City Finals (Organised by Sport Birmingham)
Sports Competitions – 18
Total Participations – 2,252
- Boys – 1,028
- Girls – 1,224
- SEND – 364
- BAME – 916
The Birmingham School Games Summer Festival is the next mega festival of school sport and will take place on 11th and 12th July 2019. For more information about the games or if you are keen to get involved contact James.Grinsted@sportbirmingham.org