Schools at winter games

More than 700 school pupils are expected to compete at the Derbyshire Winter School Games at Moorways Sports Centre in Derby on Wednesday, March 21.

The Derbyshire Winter School Games are part of the national School Games programme, which is designed to build on the magic of 2012.

Pupils from qualifying schools will represent their area in the county event in disability swimming, indoor rowing, quick sticks hockey or sports hall athletics.

Around 100 young leaders will also support the running of the event, taking on roles such as time-keepers, scorers and umpires.

The Derbyshire Winter School Games will involve pupils from primary, secondary and special schools across Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

Intra-school and inter-school competitions are taking place to determine which schools will qualify to enter a team to represent their area in each sport.

Cllr Carol Hart, chairman of Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Derbyshire Winter School Games will be a great celebration of competitive sport in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

She continued: “It will be fantastic to see so many young people taking part in sport, and also in the cultural activities which are being planned as part of the opening ceremony, the educational workshops and in the organisation and officiating.”

The School Games is a celebration of competitive sport that will involve school-aged young people, of all abilities and backgrounds.

It is made up of four levels of competition.

These levels are intra-school, inter-school, county, and the national competition.

In Derbyshire, two School Games events are being planned.

The Derbyshire Winter School Games will be held on Wednesday, March 21, and then the Derbyshire Summer School Games will be held on Thursday, June 21.

The events will provide pathways for school competition and provide a showcase of county finals in a range of sports.

However, the events are not just all about the competing.

The School Games is a key Government priority for realising a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.