Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in the Active Essex Spring School Games, held at Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre

Almost 500 primary and secondary school students from across Essex competed at the 2019 Active Essex Spring School Games which included track and field events such as relay races, triple jump and javelin, as well as inclusive sitting volleyball, held at Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre.

The School Games initiative is part of Active Essex’s core programme to engage with children and inspire them to lead healthy and active lifestyles. This, amongst other educational activities such as the Daily Mile, is part of Active Essex’s four-year strategy which aims to change one million lives by getting Essex active.

In addition to the sporting achievements, the contribution made by young leaders was also celebrated throughout the School Games. Pupils from Southend High School for Boys worked alongside Active Essex apprentices to help manage and run the event, demonstrating impressive leadership skills.

Hayley Pegg, Lead School Games Organiser, said: “The Spring Games was filled with pupils from across the county who all showed great sportsmanship, determination and honesty.”

In total, the 2019 Active Essex Spring School Games was attended by 498 school pupils from 52 schools and supported by 30 young leaders from Southend High School for boys.

Jason Fergus, director, Active Essex, said: “It’s fantastic to see how much the Active Essex School Games grow each year, with hundreds of pupils across the county attending this year’s event.

There is a wealth of sporting talent across Essex and our school games provide an opportunity for young people to demonstrate their skills and build friendships through physical activity.”

For more information about Active Essex, visit