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Cumbria School Games launches this week

March 21, 2016

 Penrith will be a hive of sporting activity this week as around 450 children and young people from across Cumbria will represent their districts and compete at the 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.

216 young people will descend on Penrith Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th March to compete in the Cumbria U16 MLD/SLD Tag Rugby Festival & Cumbria School Games Sports Hall Athletics Primary Finals.

Thursday 26th March will see Penrith Leisure Centre host 252 primary children competing for their district in the Cumbria Key Steps Gymnastics finals organised by the Cumbria Schools Gymnastics Association.

Thanks to the support of Cumberland Building Society we are able to provide this year’s Cumbria School Games Finals which is the largest multi-sport youth event in Cumbria for young people of all abilities.

Phillip Ward of the Cumberland Building Society said:

"Cumberland Building Society has a long history of supporting Cumbria School Games and we are delighted to be main sponsor of this year’s event. The Games provide a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian school children to take part in a friendly but competitive event. In this Olympic year, when interest and participation in sport will increase even further in anticipation of another Team GB success, the event will certainly be a highlight on Cumbria’s sporting calendar.”

Organised by Active Cumbria the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, which is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England, and is part of Cumbria County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Service, the games are delivered in partnership with School Games Organisers, schools, clubs, NGBs and local partners.

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.

Cllr Claire Feeny-Johnson, Cumbria County Council said

“In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus of the  Cumbria School Games is to give more young people responsibility within sport. Whether it is as a player 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 Great Britain Middle distance athlete, Eilish McColgan.

Eilish will be visiting the Cumbria School Games in her capacity as one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions and is excited about interacting with the young people at the event.

“Having competed at the Olympics and World Championships, I feel it is really important for me to give something back to sport because it has given me so much. That is why I love being a Sport England Sporting Champion and working with young people.

“I am looking forward to doing just that at the upcoming Cumbria School Games. I am excited to meet all the young participants and volunteers in attendance and my aim is to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve. I know that it will be a fantastic event so I cannot wait for the action to get underway in Penrith.”

20 special guests have been invited to the Sportshall Athletics event representing the district and county councils and a range of event sponsors. Local sponsors supporting this year’s county events are the Cumberland Building Society, University of Cumbria, North Country Leisure and BBC Radio Cumbria.

The University of Cumbria’s Vice Chancellor Peter Strike said

“The University of Cumbria is proud to support the Cumbria School Games, encouraging grass roots participation and promoting important positive skills and sporting values in our school children. The Cumbria School Games do a great job of affirming our county’s ongoing, inclusive commitment to the development of young people right through the course of their education into adulthood.”

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 Tuesday 12th July.

For further information visit or make sure your school is signed up to join in the conversation online at #cumbriaschoolgames