Over 400 pupils from primary schools across the county came to together on a hot summer day to compete in the Active Essex Summer School Games 2018.
53 schools entered the games this year at Basildon Sporting Village where there were a wide range of sports including swimming, Key Stage gymnastics, high 5 netball and quad kid athletics. The activities were available to primary school pupils of all ages and abilities.
The School Games are 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, plays its part in the Government’s drive to keep young children fit and active.
Azeem Akhtar, Active Essex chair, said: “We are committed to motivating children and adults alike to get active and take part in regular physical activity. With recent statistics showing that only a quarter of secondary school pupils in Essex exercise five times a week or more, it has become even more important to inspire children from an early age.
“It was great to see so many pupils from different schools trying out new sports, working as a team and building new friendships.”
The Summer School Games was also a chance to celebrate the last week of the 30:30 Challenge encouraging everyone across the county to do something active for the whole of June. Getting the children warmed up was 30:30 Challenger Karen Laing, who said: “It’s great to see so many children coming together from across the county to participate in a variety of sports – it’s so inspiring.”
Hayley Pegg, Lead Schools Games Organiser, said: “It’s been a truly great day and I think the children’s spirits have been nearly as high as the temperature! We’ve enjoyed the practice and the preparation for the games and seeing how much fun the pupils had taking part in the various competitions. Events like the Active Essex Summer School Games play a really important role for pupils building a passion for sport and physical activity which they can take forward through their school life and beyond.”