July 4, 2012
Following three Cumbria School Games Finals events and many more local qualifying festivals Team Carlisle are crowned 2012 Cumbria School Games champions. 1500 school children from across the county showed true sportsmanship and determination to accumulate points for their district competing in twelve different sports.
The first event saw over 250 young people compete for their local district in the County Key Steps Gymnastics final in Penrith in March. The event was organised by the Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association in partnership with the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee. Team Furness won four out of the six competitions on the day becoming double small schools winners and double large schools winners in Key Steps One and Two competitions.
The largest of the three events was the multi sports county festival organised by the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee, held at the Sheepmount Stadium in Carlisle on 27th June. 900 young people from across Cumbria represented their districts in, Hockey, Golf, Netball, Tennis, Orienteering, Athletics, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Table Cricket and Pan Disability Football. Team Carlisle emerged victorious in nine out of the fourteen competitions on the day and accumulated further points from a further 5 second and third places. Team Eden won the Hockey and Orienteering competitions, while Team Furness were winners in Golf, Netball and Table Tennis.
The event had a festival element with cultural and ‘try it’ sports for the participants to get involved in over and above their competitions. Young reporters were recruited and given training to undertake interviews on the day with exclusive access to special guest His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester. Over 120 student volunteers made up the ‘School Games Crew’ and joined the workforce for the day taking up various roles from umpiring to team management to marshalling.
The final event for 2012 took place yesterday [Wednesday 4th July] in Whitehaven at the Copeland Athletics Stadium. The Year 7 County Athletics Finals were organised by the Cumbria Schools Athletics Association. 300 young participants took part in various track and field competitions, with Team South Lakeland showing tremendous ability winning thirteen of the twenty nine competitions on the day. Team Allerdale came second on the day.
Points accumulated from the three events have been accumulated to award districts their overall Cumbria School Games ranking, with Team Carlisle coming out on top. Team Furness took the runners-up spot with Team Eden finishing third overall. Team Allerdale were ranked fourth and were followed by Team Copeland and Team South Lakeland in sixth place.
The Cumbria School Games programme is part of more than 60 regional programmes taking place across the country this summer encouraging more young people to participate in competitive school sport. 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 2012 Cumbria 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. Mark Byrne of The Cumberland Building Society said:
“It is great that we have been able to sponsor the 2012 Cumbria School Games. It is always fantastic to see so many young people involved on sport from all over Cumbria. The Cumbria School Games really does bring the Olympic legacy to life so so many of our young people and The Cumberland Building Society is proud to be part of that.
Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager of Active Cumbria said:
“The atmosphere over the whole three events has been fantastic, a true celebration of sport for young people in a safe and fun environment. Well done to Carlisle for coming out top.
The smiles on the children’s faces, the fantastic support and excellent comments from the invited guests including His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, 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 £10,000 received from the Cumberland Building Society and support given by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust so sincere thanks go to them both.”
All three events are linked to Cumbria County Council’s new Celebrating Youth programme which was launched earlier this week, which seeks to promote the many positive activities undertaken by young people in Cumbria, as well as raising aspiration and ambition amongst the young people of Cumbria.
For photos and results from each of the events go to www.cumbriaschoolgames.org
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District team Overall Ranking
Carlisle 1st (39 points)
Furness 2nd (66)
Eden 3rd (82)
Allerdale 4th (84)
Copeland 5th (94)
South Lakeland 6th (106)