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Team Carlisle Crowned Cumbria School Games Champions 2014

July 2, 2014

Young people across Cumbria showcased their talent in county-wide festival of sport yesterday as part of the Olympic Legacy.  Helen Grant MP The Minister for Sport was there to see all the action.

 Team Carlisle was crowned 2014 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 competitions. 650 school children from across the county arrived in Carlisle to represent their district teams in Tennis, Hockey, Netball, Golf, Table Tennis, Football, Table Cricket, Boccia and Orienteering. Team Furness came a close second with Team Eden taking third place. Team Allerdale finished in fourth place with Copeland in fifth place and South Lakeland coming sixth.

Team Carlisle were first in the Pan Disability Football represented by Richard Rose Morton Academy, first in Orienteering represented by a mixed team from Hayton, Lanercost and Castle Carrock schools and they also took first place at the Netball competition represented by Scotby Primary, they were runner up in five of the other sports competitions on the day helping them to victory as the overall Games winners. This included second place in the Tri Golf years 3 and 4 represented by Kingmoor Junior School and also the year 5 and 6 Tri Golf competition represented by Stanwix Primary School.

Cllr Steven Bowditch was asked to receive the special Cumbria School Games Olympic Torch Trophy on behalf of Team Carlisle. Cllr Bowditch said;

“It was wonderful to see all the children from across Cumbria today take part in this great sports event. It was even more wonderful to learn that Carlisle district won the overall competition and it was an honour to receive the Olympic Torch Trophy on behalf of Carlisle. Well done to all of the young people who participated.”

Joanna Davidson the School Games Organiser for Carlisle was at the event supporting her district team, said;

"I would like to congratulate all of the competitors from"Team Carlisle" on their fantastic performance at the Sainsbury's School Games. A huge thank you must go to all of the team managers, school staff, young leaders, and parents for their ongoing support throughout the year. I am one very proud School Games Organiser!"

1st 2nd 3rd places for each sports are on results sheet at www.cumbriaschoolgames.org

The event welcomed a special visit from Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Helen was brought up in Carlisle for much of her early childhood and has a love for sport which saw her captain of her school tennis and hockey teams. Helen went on to represent Cumbria in Hockey, Tennis and Athletics and Cross Country. Helen later became under 16 Judo Champion in the North of England and Southern Scotland. Minister for Sport Helen Grant said:

“I have many fond memories during my time growing up in Carlisle participating in a wide range of sport such as judo, hockey, tennis and athletics and was absolutely delighted to be asked to officially open the 2014 Cumbria School Games.  Sport can have such a positive impact on young people’s lives – improving health, boosting confidence and encouraging team work. I was really impressed with the wealth of talented young sports people I met today and would like to congratulate all those involved in staging such a fantastic competition.”

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, Rickerby Park 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.

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. It was also really good to have Chris Jackson Boccia Player for England here to support the players and give them lots of encouragement.”

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. Michael Barwise 17 from St. Bees School Whitehaven, Sophie Mason 13 from Trinity School Carlisle and Ellie Notman 15 from Carlisle won a recent competition to have the opportunity off working with CFM for the day.

The Reporters 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.  Chris McDonald 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 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 Cumbria.”

Chris McAree, Chair of the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee 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 from the Cumberland Building Society for which we are most grateful; it is through such support that we ensure that the event is a magical one for the students.”

For photos and results from each of the events go to www.cumbriaschoolgames.org