638 Children of all abilities across Bedfordshire compete in our Winter School Games County Finals
Posted: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:20
638 SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM ACROSS BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON COMPETE AT AWARD WINNING LEVEL 3 COUNTY SPORT FINALS AT INSPIRE LUTON – INCLUDING THE LARGEST INCLUSIVE TABLE CRICKET COMPETITION IN THE COUNTRY.
The Bedfordshire & Luton Winter School Games Level 3 County Finals took place on Friday 3 March at Inspire Sports Village Luton. In total 638 children from mainstream and special schools competed in Swimming, Boccia, Rugby and the country's largest Inclusive Table Cricket County Championship. We also had 34 young leaders volunteering as School Games Makers alongside our No Limits Inclusive Sport Ambassadors.
Lloyd Conaway, Director of TeamBeds&Luton County Sports Partnership who organised the event stated:
"The school games in Luton were inspirational. Young people from all over the county joined together in a festival of sport supported by teachers, coaches, governing bodies of sport and young volunteers. Our special guest, former England cricketer Owais Shah watched the biggest table cricket competition in the country. There were outstanding performances in swimming, boccia and rugby. We're particularly proud of the "inclusive" nature of Bedfordshire's award winning games where young people with challenging disabilities competed at the same venue"
With England cricketer Shah watching on, Grange Academy from Kempston won an exciting final against Ridgeway School to claim the county title. Shah said: "It has been truly humbling to be here to watch these youngsters battle it out. The excitement these young people with disabilities show whilst playing Table Cricket is great to see and, with the incentive of playing at Lord's, it was no surprise that the competition was fiercely competitive!"
Duncan Lewis, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the Lord's Taverners, said: "Our mission is to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation. Table Cricket ensures that participants can experience playing at a competitive level and enjoy the benefits of being part of a team. Congratulations to Grange Academy on winning the Bedfordshire competition."
15 teams from schools across the Bedfordshire area competed in the table cricket county finals which was run in partnership with the Bedfordshire Cricket Board. It was a fun-filled day with all teams displaying excellent batting, bowling, fielding and captaining skills.
The medal ceremony was a very uplifting part of the day. Jason Wood, Disability Cricket Development Coach from Bedfordshire Cricket announced the County Champions of the Table Cricket with Owais Shah presenting the medals and awards. Shah then went on to present the medals to the winners of the Swimming and Boccia competitions. A great day was had by all and we want to congratulate all the schools who have competed over the last few months and to those who made it through to the county finals.
Here is the full breakdown of medal winners from the day:
Yr 9&10 girls
Yr 9&10 boys
Yr 7&8 girls
Bedford 1 Robert Bloomfield
Priory Academy Linslade
Yr 7&8 boys
Inclusion Swimming Gala
Ivel Valley Henlow 2
Inclusion Swimming Event
St Johns School
Ivel Valley Henlow
Beech Hill Primary