Winter Virtual School Games

 

Children from all over Cornwall register 20,000 results for the first ever Winter Virtual School Games.  Following the success of the first ever Cornwall Virtual School Games in the summer, Active Cornwall and the counties School Games Organisers delivered a winter version from the 9th to the 13th November. The games, sponsored by the University of Exeter, which was planned before but landed in lockdown 2.0 had 8,782 unique participants and 19,999 individual results registered, seeing again incredible levels of participation.

The winter version was delivered through our schools in Cornwall with a total of 68 schools (12 secondary and 56 Primary) engaging and giving all their children the opportunity to compete, represent their school and try and achieve a personal best.

Well done to the East Cornwall schools that took part:

Primary:

 

  • Altarnun
  • Bishop Cornish
  • Brunel
  • Burraton
  • Delabole
  • Fourlanesend
  • Marhamchurch
  • Padstow
  • St Breock
  • Stoke Climsland
  • St Kew
  • St Minver
  • St Stephens
  • Stratton
  • Tintagel
  • Wadebridge

Secondary:

 

  • Saltash
  • Torpoint
  • Wadebridge

 

and congratulations to those that came in the top three:

Primary:

 

  • Padstow
  • Wadebridge
  • Stratton
  • St Breock

Secondary:

 

  • Saltash
  • Torpoint
  • Wadebridge

 

Megan Hilley from Active Cornwall commented ‘At a time when schools are very busy it is great to see so many getting involved and supporting their pupils to be more active improving their physical and mental health and wellbeing during a very difficult time. We all know how important PE and School Sport is at this time with no community activity taking place and seeing over 8,500 children engaging in these games demonstrates how important it is we keep active during these times.’

The week involved 11 different challenges for primary schools and 6 different challenges for secondary schools all tailored to suit the age and competency of the participant. These challenges varied from sports hall athletics and gymnastics to a weeklong ‘Making Up the Miles’ challenge (pictured) to encourage children to be active throughout the week.

The main purpose of the week was to encourage participation for all, but it did have Gold, Silver and Bronze year group winners for all the challenges. Every child who took part will receive a certificate and the overall winners, who will receive a trophy for the school, were as follows:

Overall Secondary School Winners:

Gold - Wadebridge School

Silver - Saltash Community School

Bronze - Falmouth School

Overall Primary School Winners:

Gold - Indian Queens

Silver - Treloweth

Bronze - Trewirgie

 Patrick Shaughnessy from Treloweth Primary School said: “The Virtual School Games are so important at the moment to give children an opportunity to take part in some form of competition, as they’re missing out on so much both physically and socially, school competition plays a huge part in this, so having a Virtual School Games is so welcomed during these times.”

The future of the School Games is constantly developing and the team behind it have some exciting news coming next year to embed a virtual offer all year round, so watch this space! For more information on the Cornwall Virtual Games and to see the results and challenges from the week please visit http://activecornwall.org/cornwallschoolgames/the-virtual-games

 

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