Squash at the Olympic Park!
The ESR South Regional Team were part of the NGB zone at the National School Games level 4 event that took place at the Olympic Park on Wednesday 9th May.
With a spectacular view of the Olympic Stadium from our tent, it made a fantastic background for the 35,000 school children, teachers and parents to have a go at squash.
We had many children and some teachers who wanted to find out more about squash and have a go at some fun racket skills.
Backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is a multi-sport event for 1,600 elite young athletes. The Games took place from 6-9 May 2012 with the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park among London venues hosting competition.
The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games finals event in May is one part of the wider year round School Games initiative, which uses the inspiration of London’s Olympics and Paralympics to transform competitive sport in schools and get more people playing sport. Thousands of schools across the country have signed up to take part in local class versus class and school versus school competitions along with county wide sports festivals.
The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, ParalympicsGB, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland. It was announced at the closing ceremony that Prince Harry has agreed to become the President of the Sainsbury’s School Games, his authority will now highlight the importance of competitive sport in the development of young people.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games over the next 3 years.
England Squash & Racketball are part of the School Games, we have created new sports formats for intra and inter-school competition to encourage all young people to participate, including those with disabilities. The formats are split into Level 1 Primary, Level 1 Secondary and Levels 2 & 3.
• Level 1 – sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
• Level 2 – teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competition
• Level 3 – the county will stage multi-sport School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition
The School Games is a celebration of competitive sport that will involve all young people in years 3 to 13, of all abilities and backgrounds.
Don’t miss out on your school being involved. To see our sports formats please click here: yourschoolgames