Date published: 25 June 2020
Screening online on Wed 1 July, 10am
The Lincolnshire Virtual School Games has been keeping children across the county active at home since the end of April with a programme of eight sports inspired competitions. Finalists from each of the eight competitions will now go forward to represent their schools in a virtual County Finals to be screened on Wednesday 1 July, 10am.
The finalists sporting achievements will be celebrated in a showreel, with a range of guest commentators from the world of sport guiding you through the action and announcing the winners. Commentators include Paralympian, Richard Whitehead MBE; Loughborough Lighting Captain and GB netballer Nat Panagarry; and Lincolnshire based PGA Golf pro, Ashton Turner.
The Lincolnshire School Games programme is a hugely popular annual programme, designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. Following the closure of schools in March, The Lincolnshire School Sports Partnerships and Active Lincolnshire who usually organise intra and inter school competitions, and co-ordinate the School Games County Finals, worked together to make it possible for children and young people across Lincolnshire to enjoy the spirit of the School Games from the safety of their homes.
The competition received 800 entries to the eight competitions, which were based around: Dance, Athletics, Boccia, Cricket, Running, Tennis, Netball, and Golf. 81 children and young people, from 48 different schools across Lincolnshire have gone through to the finals.
Jess Lovett, Project Delivery Team Officer at Active Lincolnshire, who leads on engagement with the schools’ network and partners to coordinate the delivery of the Lincolnshire School Games programme, commented:
“It’s been wonderful to see so many children getting involved in the Lincolnshire Virtual School Games challenges over the past two months. The idea of the virtual competition was to keep children active and engaged at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, when young people have been unable to take part in their usual sports and activities. The Virtual School Games have also provided an opportunity for children to compete against others as well as challenge themselves to achieve their personal best.
We’re looking forward to celebrating the achievement of the participants, finalists and winners at the online County Final on the 1 July. We hope that as many people as possible will join us on the day to support all the finalists and cheer for their schools. We’re also setting a special activity challenge with Paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE on social media, that we hope people will get involved with!”
To watch the video just visit https://activelincolnshire.com/county-finals/ on the day. There’s no need to pre-book or register. You can also follow the hashtag #LincsSG2020 to keep up to date with the latest announcements.
For more ideas and inspiration to keep children active at home visit the Keeping Children Active at Home page on the Active Lincolnshire website https://activelincolnshire.com/keeping-children-active-home/.
To find out more about Active Lincolnshire’s support for schools visit https://activelincolnshire.com/sport/children-young-people/
Press release supplied by Active Lincolnshire.
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