NEW Partnership to inspire more young people to engage in PE and School Sport

Cornwall Sports Partnership and SGO's with new sponsor University of Exeter

Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) are pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Exeter to inspire more young people to be engaged in PE and school sport through the School Games.

The University of Exeter, which has two campuses in Cornwall - Penryn and Truro, will sponsor the Cornwall School Games for the next three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.

Tim Marrion, Cornwall School Games Manager from the Cornwall Sports Partnership commented: "This new partnership is great for Cornwall and will enable us to grow and sustain our annual programme of school games events enabling more young people from both primary and secondary schools to participate. The University of Exeter is a centre of excellence for sport and its involvement will ensure we continue to offer a comprehensive competitive sports programme for ALL young people in Cornwall."

In Cornwall, the School Games is delivered by schools, National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sports Partnerships, School Sport Networks and other local partners. Each year over 20,000 young people engage in an annual School Games programme to not only participate in competitive school sport but also to improve school attainment, emotional resilience and their health and wellbeing.

The Games also have a strong inclusive element resulting in more meaningful opportunities being available for young disabled and disengaged young people.

New sponsors University of Exeter

Staff from the Cornwall Sports partnership will use the expert research carried out at the University's Centre for Environment and Human Health at the Knowledge Spa in Truro and world class Sports Science Department at St Luke's campus in Exeter, as well the ever growing resource and facilities on its Penryn Campus to help children improve their performance.

Professor Mark Goodwin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and External Engagement) said of this new partnership: "The University of Exeter is delighted to be sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for the next 3 years.  This is a fantastic initiative for young people of all ages in Cornwall. As The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015/16, we understand the benefits sport can bring to everyone in terms of health and wellbeing, collaboration, raising aspirations and achieving personal goals.  This award was in recognition of the University's academic and athletic achievements across a wide range of sports, and we have a special strength in children's health and exercise which makes it natural for us to have a close link with the Cornwall School Games. We are also very proud to have recently opened a new £4m sports facility on our Penryn Campus, which provides enhanced sport and leisure facilities for staff, students and the local community.  We will be following the games across the year with interest and wish all participants the very best of luck, whatever they take part in."

Both organisations hope this partnership will inspire young people to be the very best they can be and raise aspirations for those young people in education in Cornwall to consider university whether here in Cornwall or further afield.

This partnership was launched at the recent Cornwall Winter School Games held at Truro School & Penair School where over 1000 young people competed in four different sports.

Cornwall School Games - Calendar of Events 2016/17
Friday 9th December 2016

Secondary Winter Games @ Penair School & Truro School
700 competitors

Monday 12th December 2016
Secondary Badminton @ Truro School
100 competitors

Thursday 16th March 2017
Primary Cross Country @ Newquay Tretherras School
500 competitors

Friday 21st April 2017
Primary Spring Games @ Truro School
600 competitors

Wednesday 28th June 2017
Watersports Day @ Mylor Harbour & Perranporth Beach
1000 competitors

Friday 30th June 2017
Main Summer Games @ Bude Community College,
Launceston College & Carn Brea Athletics Track
3000 competitors

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