July 5, 2013
Team Allerdale were crowned 2013 Cumbria School Games champions yesterday at the Cumbria School Games festival in Carlisle. Points were accumulated from three previous events and counted towards total scores from 11 different sports. 650 school children from across the county arrived in Carlisle to represent their district in Tennis, Hockey, Netball, Tri Golf, Table Tennis, Pan Disability Football, Table Cricket, Boccia and Orienteering. Team Carlisle came incredible close second with Furness taking third place. South Lakeland achieved fourth place and Copeland and Eden shared joint fifth place.
Team Allerdale were first in the Large Schools Tennis competition just beating Copeland in second place and Furness who took third place. Allerdale were runner up in six of the other sports competitions on the day.
School Games Organiser for Allerdale, Linda Borthwick, at the event supporting here teams said;
“The Cumbria School Games is the culmination of competition in an extremely packed academic and sporting year across the county and on the day the Allerdale team stepped up to the mark and produced great performances on every level. The teams were ecstatic with the result and for many of our schools it was their first final so a `win win` situation very evident for all competitors as the results were announced.”
Schools representing Team Allerdale
St Herbert's CE (VA) Primary & Nursery
Thomlinson Junior School
Broughton Primary School
Eaglesfield Paddle Field
Holme St Cuthbert
Silloth Primary School
Schools representing Team Carlisle
Richard Rose Morton Academy
William Howard School
Wreay CE School
Kingmoor Junior School
St Michaels CE Primary
Hayton CE Primary, Cummersdale Primary and Lanercost CE School
Crosby on Eden Primary
Rosley CE Primary
Belle Vue Primary
Schools representing Team Copeland
St Benedict’s Catholic High School
St Bridget’s CE School - Whitehaven
St Bega’s CE School
Lamplugh CE School
Hensingham Primary School
Ennerdale and Kinniside School
Broughton –In-Furness CE School
Gosforth CE School
St James’ Catholic Primary School- Millom
Seascale Primary School
Schools representing Team Eden
Appleby Grammar School
Kirkby Stephen Primary School
North Lakes School
Warcop CE School
Penruddock Primary School
Hunter Hall School
Long Marton Community Primary School
Ullswater Community College
Stainton CE School
Schools representing Team Furness
Victoria Junior School
South Walney Junior School
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Dane Gyll School
Penny Bridge CE School
Ireleth St Peters school
Schools representing Team South Lakes
Kirkbie Kendal School and Cartmel School
Grasmere Primary School
Lindale Primary School
Windermere CE Junior School
Staveley CE School
Queen Elizabeth School
1st 2nd 3rd places for each sports see the results page
National Governing bodies of sports and Cumbria School Sports Associations lead the sports competitions at fours sites across the city. The Sands Centre, Bitts Park, Hammonds Pond and the Sheepmount became hives of sporting competitions as the district colours battled it out to show there is a great amount of sporting talent in Cumbria.
Sonia Dryden of England Netball and also School Games Organiser for Copeland district leading the High 5 Netball competition said;
"Despite a soggy start to the High 5 Netball the Young Players got into the spirit of things straight away and produced some fantastic performances on Court - the standard of play seems to get higher each year!
The Young Leaders from Copeland did a fantastic job at organising the teams, umpiring and being a friendly supportive face to the junior players. As the sun came out, the Festival gained momentum and we saw fiercely fought semi finals and a great final between Furness and Carlisle."
On the teams return for the winners announcements and medal presentations they were give a special treat from two renowned stars of the urban sports world, Tom "Conman" Connors and Ash “A-R” Randall.
Tom is a Professional street basketball player, and a 10 times Guinness World Record breaker. He is also a European street basketball champion, and was voted 3rd best street basketball player in the world. He has appeared on his own TV series & DVDs worldwide, and is the face of UK basketball with Sporting Champions.
Ash "A-R" Randall a Professional football freestyler currently holds 7 Guinness World Records for football tricks and has made it into the 2013 Guinness World Records Book . He has featured in adverts with some of the best footballers in the world, Messi, Rooney, Ronaldo plus many others. Ash has featured in adverts across the globe, and been on many TV shows and performs all around the world.
School Games Young Reporters were reporting live coverage of the event and streaming regular updates online thanks to media partners CFM Radio. Rebecca Westray from Whitehaven School, Rebecca Henrys from William Howard School, Brampton and Andrew Roythorne from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith won a recent competition to have the opportunity off working with CFM for the day.
They were just part of a small army of 150 young volunteers and leaders who made up the School Games workforce on the day taking up various roles from umpiring, team management to marshalling. They were also tasked with keeping the event’s hashtag #cumbrisaschoolgames updated from the various sites using the spirit of the games values of Determination, Honesty, Passion, Respect, Self belief and Team Work.
Nationally, the programme is backed by National Lottery funding 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 and made possible through local qualifying competitions organised by six district School Games Organisers.
The events are sponsored nationally by Sainsbury’s and the county School Games programme was sponsored by the Cumberland Building Society and supported by the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and their ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ campaign. Debbie Shearer of The Cumberland Building Society said:
“It is great that we have been able to support the Cumbria School Games again this year. It is always fantastic to see so many young people involved on 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 Cumbria.”
Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager of Active Cumbria said:
“The atmosphere of the closing ceremony was fantastic. There was a real party atmosphere as teams returned to the Sands Centre for the closing ceremony having had great fun out on the competitions.
The special elements that the organising committee were able to include in the event this year really did go down well. The smiles on the children’s faces, the fantastic support and excellent comments from the invited guests showed why it is so important to stage this event for young people as part of the Olympic legacy.
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.”
Young people across Cumbria showcased their talent in county-wide festival of sport yesterday as part of the Olympic Legacy