Hundreds preparing for School Games

The countdown has begun to the award winning Nottinghamshire Sainsbury’s Winter School Games, which are being held at the end of this month.

More than 900 children from 60 schools across the city and county, including the Dispatch district, will take part in the Games at various venues on Friday 28th February.

Many will converge on the sports centre at the University of Nottingham for the grand opening ceremony, which will be attended by a number of VIPs.

These will include several Team GB athletes, local dignitaries and representatives from many national governing bodies who manage their sport across the country.

The opening ceremony will feature performances by highly-talented dance groups, while London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, slalom canoeist Tim Baillie, will share his experiences with the athletes, inspiring them to be the best they can in sport and life.

After the opening ceremony at 10.15 am, the children, all competing in their district or borough colours, will move on to the venues for a day of competition revolving around six different sports.

The county’s Summer School Games are scheduled for Friday, July 4. Both are part of a competition structure set by the Youth Sport Trust.

The winning youngsters will progress to the national Sainsbury’s School Games Finals, which take place at some of the country’s best sports venues.

Rob Cook, event director and youth sport manager of Sport Nottinghamshire, commented: “The School Games provide an excellent opportunity for all young people to make a positive and active contribution to their school.”