Berkshire Summer School Games 2017

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017

School Games

Over 1,200 school pupils took part in the latest installment of the Berkshire School Games last week.

Dozens of schools from over the county took part in the festival of sport at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

A total of 70 different schools took part in the event which saw activities such as Athletics, Rowing, Tennis and making its debut this year was Unified Basketball, an inclusive event for both mainstream and special schools.

The School Games Festival is the county final for many events and festivals to introduce more youngsters to sport comes at the end of months of competitions for students who competed against neighbouring schools.

Each school was representing their local area – Slough, Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire.

In the individual competitions, the medals were spread all around the county. Here is a full list of winners:

Girls Rugby yr9/10 – Maiden Erlegh – Wokingham

Tri Golf – Ascot Heath – Bracknell Forest

Cycling – Hermitage – West Berkshire

Cricket – Western House – Slough

Orienteering – Oldfield – Ascot & Maidenhead

Super 6s Golf – Garth Hill – Bracknell Forest

Primary Kurling – Shinfield St Marys – Wokingham

Secondary Kurling – Arbor Vale – Slough

Unified Basketball – St Crispins/Kennel Lane – Bracknell Forest/Wokingham

Inclusive Zone Basketball – Arbor Vale/Beechwood – Slough

Tennis u8s – St Edmund Campion – Ascot & Maidenhead

Tennis u9s – Western House – Slough

Girls Rowing yr7/8 – St Bernards – Slough

Boys Rowing yr7/8 – Furze Platt – Ascot & Maidenhead

Girls Rowing yr9/10 – Holyport – Ascot & Maidnhead

Boys Rowing yr910 – Maiden Erlegh – Wokingham

Quadkids – Cippenham – Slough

Paralympian and sports mentor, Alistair Patrick- Heselton, delivered motivational talks throughout the day to all the students. The event was coordinated by the county sport partnership Get Berkshire Active and local School Games Organisers.

Event Manager Sarah Taylor said “The School Games Festival is a really great opportunity for young people of all abilities regardless of any disabilities to represent their schools at a mutlisport event. The event has an emphasis on participation, teamwork and fun and it was fantastic to see so many happy faces at the games."

Over 120 young leaders and officials helped with the organisation of the event, supporting registration, VIP reception and individual competitions.

Mrs Taylor said “The roles of the young leaders are key to a successful event. Schools across the county provide pupils to help behind the scenes whilst setting up the event and officiating through the day to ensure it is a success.

“For the last few months, most of the county's schools have been competing at a local level for the opportunity to compete at the prestigious Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. We offer a variety of sports for a wide range of young people to participate and enjoy the benefits of the school games”

She added “I would like to thank our local sponsors Greenham Common Trust, Ascot Charitable Trust and Berkshire Community Foundation. Their continued support is critical to the success of the event and provides the opportunity for thousands of young people to develop year on year through the Berkshire School Games.”

Source: Get Berkshire Active