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Countywide Olympic legacy boost with new funding announced for the Cumbria School Games

March 12, 2013

National and local supporters of the Olympic legacy announce new funding for young people in Cumbria to showcase their talent in the county-wide festival of sport

Sport in Cumbria is set for a boost after Sport England announced additional National Lottery funding for Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals.

The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is fully inclusive and is increasing competitive sport in schools and offering young people more opportunities to take part.

School pupils compete in a range of sports competitions – from class versus class to local school versus school –across the year which culminates in county festivals involving thousands of young people, which this funding will support.

The local organising committees for these festivals in the North West region, which include Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire are each to receive at least £45,000 of lottery funding from Sport England which will help make their events a real celebration of sport.

As well as national support for the School Games local organisations are supporting the event and backing the benefits of sport for young people. The 2013 Cumbria School Games programme is being sponsored by the Cumberland Building Society.

Phillip Ward, Cumberland Building Society, Marketing Manager, said:

“Cumberland Building Society is delighted to be supporting the 2013 Cumbria School Games. With last year’s sporting successes still fresh in the memory of those who will take part, the 2013 Cumbria School Games will provide a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian school children to focus their interest in their chosen sport and compete against others from around the county. I have no doubt the Games will provide Carlisle with another great day of sport this summer.”

The event is also being supported by the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and their ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ campaign. Sarah Senior, Interim Chief Executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are very proud to be supporting the 2013 Cumbria School Games following such a successful event last year. Encouraging children to take part in physical activity at a variety of different levels is one of the most important things we can do as a community for young people’s physical and mental wellbeing. Opportunities for physical activity are an important part in ensuring young people live healthy and happy lives and the School Games are a fantastic celebration for young people participating in sporting activities in Cumbria”

Funding has also been given to the event from Cumbria County Council to support the inclusive elements of the Cumbria School Games. Duncan Fairbairn, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said:

“As the Cumbria County Council Children’s Services portfolio holder for schools and learning, I know how important sport is in enabling young people to be agile in mind and body, which assists in the learning process for every one. To be fit in mind and body will bring enjoyment in everything one does. The County Council sees the School Games as a real way for every young person to participate and enjoy sport for what it is.” 

Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager of Active Cumbria said:

“Although the National Lottery funding for School Games is terrific news, the local support is essential in making our event something that each young person can use to inspire a sporting habit for life. The Cumberland Building Society have year on year saw the value of what these county events can create and have now supported our county sports events for over 10 years. We’re delighted to have them both back on board again this year and our sincere thanks go out to them and the other event partners.”

We could not have staged this without the fantastic sponsorship of £5,000 received from the Cumberland Building Society and support given by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust so sincere thanks go to them both.”

In 2012, 1500 young people took part in the Cumbria School Games, inspired by the incredible year of sport that the country witnessed through the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The events were supported by 120 sports volunteers of which most were young people.

The School Games county finals events are delivered and developed by the Local Organising Committee supported by Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership and made possible through local qualifying competitions organised by six district School Games Organisers.

In coming monthsCumbriahas 4 County Level School Games Festivals which will involve over 1500 children and young people competing in 11 different Sports. 200 of these local young people will be trained young leaders who will be  supporting these competitions and competitors. To find out more information visit www.cumbriaschoolgames.org

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