February 23, 2015
Penrith will be a hive of sporting activity this week as around 600 children and young people from across Cumbria will represent their districts and compete at the Sainsbury’s Cumbria School Games Spring Festivals. Primary and Secondary school teams representing their districts have qualified through intra and inter school competitions organised by district School Games Organisers.
300 young people will descend on Penrith Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th February to compete in the Cumbria School Games Sports Hall Athletics Primary & Secondary finals.
Thursday 26th February will see Penrith Leisure Centre host 260 primary children competing for their district in the Cumbria Key Steps Gymnastics finals organised by the Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association.
In addition to the competitors, around 50 young people from across Cumbria have been trained in various roles to lead and officiate the Cumbria School Games Spring Festivals.
Nicola Maclean, Development Officer from Active Cumbria said ‘In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus of the Sainsbury’s Cumbria School Games is to give more young people responsibility within sport. Whether it is as a player, reporter or referee, the programme provides excellent opportunities for all young people to make a positive and active contribution to their school.’
Attending the Sportshall Primary Athletics Final will be London 2012 star Chris Tomlinson. The former British long jump record holder will be passing on his expertise to the youngsters.
The World Indoor silver medallist and European bronze winner Tomlinson is no stranger to Cumbria as he has already been working with the new Furness Academy Athletics Club through their Sportivate programme, supported by Active Cumbria.
Chris said: “I haven’t always been the best growing up through the years and I’ve moved from event to event but I’ve always had huge faith that if I trained hard enough and made the right decisions in my life I could beat the guys ahead of me – no such thing as failure to win, but failure to try again.”
Phillip Ward of the Cumberland Building Society said:
"Cumberland Building Society is delighted to be supporting the Cumbria School Games again this year. The UK’s recent successes in sport have seen interest and participation increase significantly over the last couple of years, and the Games will provide a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian school children to take part in a competitive environment. Cumbria’s next sporting star may be making their debut at this year’s events, but what is certain is that the School Games will yet again showcase more great festivals of sport in Cumbria."
Russell Norman, General Manager, Children and Families Care Group at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:
The points from the two spring events will be accumulated and added to the results from the upcoming two Summer events to determine which district will be crowned the overall Cumbria School Games winners. A multi-sport festival will be held in Carlisle with nine different sports competitions taking over various sports sites in the city on the 10th June.