Berkshire School Games launched
PUBLISHED: 12:46 09 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013
'2012 Photo' of Young Ambassadors marks big event
The Berkshire School Games were launched in style by 120 sports Ambassadors from every secondary school in the county.
The Ambassadors, aged 14 to 18, were being put through their paces as the next generation of inspirational young leaders at the Berkshire Young Ambassadors Conference. They formed the figures of 2012 for a special commemorative photograph to mark the launch of the Berkshire School Games.
The Games take place next year and are part of the Governments initiative to encourage more competitive sport and activity in schools and in young peoples daily lives.
A total of 30 sports including athletics, cricket, wheelchair basketball, new age kurling, orienteering, lacrosse and disabled football, are being promoted during the initiative. They start with inter school competitions this term and then next year the pupils from winning teams will face each other at County events being held at Bradfield College in April and then in June in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton.
The School Games initiative has been given funding for three years and is being pioneered locally by the newly formed Berkshire County Sports Partnership which works with National Governing Bodies of Sport, local School Sport Partnerships and Networks and local sport and physical activity agencies to promote the health, educational and social benefits of sport and activity.
The Games were one of the main talking points at a day long event last Friday at the National Sports Centre, Bisham Abbey, near Marlow. The Ambassadors also heard motivational talks from top sports people including Paralympic Gold Medallist Danny Crates
Derek Peaple, Head of Park House School in Newbury and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the School Games in Berkshire, said: The launch of the Berkshire School Games could not have been more appropriate or inspirational. These outstanding young leaders from across our schools will now play a central role in what I know will be a highly motivating and successful festival of sport in the County.Thank you to all the Ambassadors for all their outstanding work.
Mark Lawrie, Chief Executive of Berkshire County Sports Partnership, said: The conference reinforced how creative and inspiring young people can be given the opportunity to lead in sport. I am sure the Berkshire School Games will be a phenomenal success with the Berkshire Young Ambassadors at the forefront of the event.
The week marked a double celebrations for PE and sport in Berkshire as, just 24 hours earlier, Park House, won the highly commended award for the Specialist Sports College of the Year at the presdigious Aviva Daily Telegraph school sport matters awards ceremony.