Around 1,000 young people are set to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, hosted at Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill.
The multi-sport event will see more than 100 teams from schools across Derbyshire competing in 11 competitions on Tuesday, July 8. Heritage High School in Clowne and Eckington Cricket Club will also play host to some of the competitions.
Team qualification and selection is currently taking place, with inter-school competitions being held to determine which schools will represent their school sport partnership in either Mini Tennis, Mini Tennis Plus, Quadkids athletics, cricket, cyclo cross, grass track cycling, Tri-Golf, Super Sixes Golf Plus, Boccia Plus and rounders.
The Derbyshire School Games Event will involve pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby City, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, Rural Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.
The event was officially launched at Mount St Mary’s College on Wednesday, June 25 when Bolsover District School Sport Partnership’s cyclo cross and grass track cycling qualification event took place to determine which school will represent the partnership at the Derbyshire School Games Event. The event was won by a team from Heritage High School.
Among the teams which have already qualified to compete are Bakewell’s Lady Manners School from the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership region who will compete in the Boccia Plus, while Wirksworth’s Anthony Gell School will represent the same region in the Super Sixes Golf Plus.
County competition officer Craig Homer said: “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.
“It will give many pupils the opportunity to compete at county level for the first time and will be a real celebration of sport with an opening ceremony, music, dance and sporting stars, and I’m sure it will inspire them to keep playing and competing.”
The event is the culmination of the Derbyshire School Games Championships running throughout the school year. County finals have already been held in a number of sports, including table tennis, futsal, badminton, indoor rowing and netball.
The Sainsbury’s School Games is one of the flagship legacy programmes linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and sits at the core of the Government’s investment in school sport.
The programme is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.