Cornwall School Games wins national award!
This year Cornwall won a national award for its School Games programme.
The 2017 Cornwall Schools Games programme delivered over 500 events in 32 sports for over 32,000 young people at a qualifying stage which represents 44% of young people within education. Over 6,000 children (9% of young people in education) then go on to represent their school in prestigious county finals.
The Cornwall School Games programme is delivered by the Cornwall Sports Partnership and four School Games Organisers in Cornwall from Mounts Bay, Penryn, Poltair and Callington
Secondary Schools who all deliver an innovative high quality broad and varied programme to attract all young people to competitive school sport.
For the first time in 2017 the whole programme was sponsored by the University of Exeter which enabled further opportunities for less active young people to participate in physical literacy festivals. By utilising the Games values of Passion, Teamwork, Determination, Honesty, Respect and Self Belief young people who don't usually engage in PE and School Sport are encouraged to be involved in the Games through a comprehensive cultural offer including creative writing and performing arts.
Clare Warburton from the Youth Sport Trust who are funded by Sport England to oversee the National School Games programme commented: "Cornwall's provision is very much in the spirit of the new School Games vision and mission and is giving many young people across Cornwall the opportunity to experience high quality competition that inspires them to achieve their best and to stay involved in sport at whatever level. They have at the heart of what they do a child centred approach - which makes what they achieve at their County Final events even more impressive. Well done Cornwall!"
The Games in Cornwall and this recognition is very much down to a partnership approach where all schools, School Games Organisers (SGOs)and the County Sports Partnership all work together to grow, develop and sustain the games each year.
Every year the games moves locations and in 2017 it was joint hosted by Launceston College and Budehaven Community School. The games will go back to the Penryn area in 2018 where it was piloted in 2011 before the London 2012 Olympics.
Rachel Knott the School Games lead from Cornwall Sports Partnership commented: "We work closely together to try and maximise opportunities for children in Cornwall and we are incredibly proud that Cornwall has won this award. A huge thank you must go to everyone involved included the four SGOs in Cornwall and our host venues from 2017 Launceston and Budehaven. We are all very excited to learn and develop further as a result and grow on this success to engage more young people in the School Games"
Cornwall's reward for winning this national award was an online Sport Management course looking into high quality events and in particular the USA model for school and college sports competition.
The course was consolidated with a study tour to Boston in the USA hosted by Endicott College.
Richard Higginson, Chair of the Cornwall PE and School Sport Strategic Group commented: "The course and trip to Boston has been an eye opening experience for us all. We have learned from the Americans and hope to embed some of this work in future Cornwall School Games events".
Emma Moore, School Games Organiser based at Poltair School in St Austell said: "The County SGO's are delighted to be recognised at a National Level, it is an absolute pleasure working with all the partners involved in driving Cornwall PE and School Sport and the School Games In The County. We are looking forward to the challenges and innovation that our trip to Endicott has brought and how we can implement some of these ideas throughout the County."
Deborah Swanton, Professor and Dean, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies at Endicott College said: "Many congratulations to Cornwall for winning the LOC Award. We are delighted to work with them to further explore the possibilities of using sport to enhance the lives of young people. Through the module and study tour we are able to learn from each other and investigate best practices related to running high quality sporting events for schools to engage students of all ages and abilities and to increase participation. We are truly inspired by our work with the Youth Sport Trust and the module and study tour has provided an international platform to develop strategies and ideas to strengthen sport offerings and opportunities for young people."