Hundreds of youngsters to take part in Bedfordshire and Luton’s Summer School Games
Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 12:30
Over 1000 young people from across the county – including 180 with special educational needs and disabilities - will be taking part in the 2019 Bedfordshire and Luton Summer School Games on Thursday 11th July in Bedford.
The event will see students from primary, secondary and special schools from the eight School Games Areas across the county compete against each other to become Bedfordshire & Luton School Games County Champions. The theme of this year's event is unity - bringing culture and sport together.
School Games is a national initiative, and Bedfordshire can boast being one of the most inclusive School Games in the country with just over 180 children taking part. Gill Morrow – PE, School Sport & School Games Manager, team BEDS&LUTON said
"It is important to recognise the potential gains for children with physical and/ or learning disabilities through inclusion in the school's PE curriculum. Physical education can help children develop their personal, mental and social skills and enhance physical development."
The Bedfordshire & Luton Summer School Games are now in their 8th year and this year will involve 21 competitions taking place across nine different sports. Including tri golf; cheerleading; new age kurling; tennis; cricket; rounders; athletics; softball and rowing. The event is taking place across four sporting venues in Bedford; the Athletics Stadium, Riverside Tennis Club, Kempston Hammers Cricket Club and the Arena at the University of Bedfordshire.
This event aims to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. It reinforces the shifting focus from traditional competitive sport to a more inclusive event for students of all abilities to compete.
Gill Morrow – PE, School Sport & School Games Manager, team BEDS&LUTON said
"The Summer School Games is a key fixture in the sporting calendar for schools across the region and one that we want as many children as possible to be able to experience. Throughout the year the School Games programme runs and we are working to ensure children and young people from the age of five are able to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity. We want them to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active –which will also increase the likelihood of being active in later life"
The event is organised by team BEDS&LUTON with over 100 young volunteers from across Bedfordshire & Luton Schools supporting the delivery of the event. Including a team of social media students who will come and work with them on the day and help promote the event on social media, learn how to write a press release and help gain value feedback from students about how the day went.
For schools who are taking part, a full list of sports, competitions, venues and more information on the event please visit https://www.teambedsandluton.co.uk/summer-school-games or contact
Gill Morrow – PE, School Sport & School Games Manager
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