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Furness are School Games Champions

July 13, 2016

Cumbria School Games a Success!

Young people across Cumbria showcased their talent in county-wide festival of sport yesterday.                         

A great day was had by all at the Cumbria School Games.

Tuesday 12th July saw over 700 school children from across Cumbria compete across Carlisle’s sporting facilities. The county finals of 9 different sports took place including golf, tennis, netball, orienteering and hockey, as well as table football, table tennis & boccia. School children, from mainstream and special schools from across the county competed.

The event is the last of four county finals that have taken place in Cumbria this year. A total of around 1300 young people aged between 5 and 19 have competed in 11 different sports.

Team Furness was crowned 2016 Cumbria School Games champions. Points were accumulated from three previous events and counted towards total scores from the 11 different sporting competitions. Team Eden came a close second with Team Carlisle taking third place. Team Allerdale finished in fourth place with South Lakes in fifth place and Copeland coming sixth.

The opening ceremony held at The Sands Centre, saw Keelan Phillips Pro FreeStyle BMX rider perform a spectacular display which wowed the audience, the display was filmed live by BBC Radio Cumbria & Active Cumbria reaching an audience in excess of 70,000 people.

All the teams participating in the finals had qualified via a series of local competitions, and the standard of competition across the sports represented this. The day was an opportunity for many of the children to experience a major multi-sport event for the first time.

The Sands Centre, Bitts Park, Chatsworth Tennis Club, Austin Friars School, Rickerby Park and The Sheepmount played host to the events, becoming hives of sporting competitions as the districts battled it out.

It was Helen Wright’s last School Games as School Games Officer for Furness, she said, "I am so proud of Team Furness and feel it was a fitting final School Games for me. The hard work put in by all the pupils, staff and coaches has really paid off and I hope they will continue to deliver high quality PE and School Sport. It has been a real privilege and pleasure over my last ten years in school sport. I am lucky to have worked with such dedicated staff who strive to provide so many opportunities for their pupils.  Yesterday was the highlight of my career in School Sport and it was amazing to be a part of such an awesome, winning district.”

Anne Craddock sport lead for the Boccia competition said: “All of the districts are playing Boccia which is really important. Boccia is a very inclusive game and it’s been good to see so many young people enjoying the competition here in Carlisle.”

Nationally, the programme is backed by National Lottery funding administered through Sport England. The county finals events are delivered and developed by the Local Organising Committee supported by Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, who are part of Cumbria County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Service and is made possible through local qualifying competitions organised by six district School Games Organisers.

The events are sponsored & supported by the Cumberland Building Society, University of Cumbria, BBC Radio Cumbria and Eden Valley Water.

Chris McDonald of Cumberland Building Society said: “It is great that we are supporting the Cumbria School Games again this year. It is always fantastic to see so many young people involved in sport from all over Cumbria. We have supported many events such as this in the past and hope to continue to help such a great event for the young people of the county.”

Richard Johnston from Active Cumbria said:

“The students who took part today represented their areas with pride and enthusiasm. The various venues in Carlisle were hives of competition and the there was a real sense of enjoyment amongst those taking part.

The sheer enthusiasm shown at the closing ceremony was certainly a testament to that. Organising an event such as today and the other competitions that take place through the year takes a lot of dedication. I would like to thank all the student volunteers, staff and parents who contribute so much to the success of the school games.

Our School Games Organisers undertake work every week to help support schools in these sports and without them the students would not have the Level 2 competitions that enable them to qualify to take part in these county wide events today.

The events today of course are supported through the continued sponsorship for which we are most grateful; it is through such support that we ensure that the event is a magical one for the students.”