Cornwall School Games Wins National Award
This week Cornwall won a national award for its School Games programme at the 2017 School Games summit at Telford International Centre.
The 2017 Cornwall Schools Games programme delivers over 500 events in 32 sports for over 32,000 young people at a qualifying stage which represents 44% of young people within education. Over 6,000 children (9% of young people in education) then go on to represent their school in prestigious county finals.
The Cornwall School Games programme is delivered by the Cornwall Sports Partnership and four School Games Organisers in Cornwall from Mounts Bay, Penryn, Poltair and Callington Secondary Schools who all deliver an innovative high quality broad and varied programme to attract all young people to competitive school sport.
For the first time in 2017 the whole programme was sponsored by the University of Exeter which enabled further opportunities for less active young people to participate in physical literacy festivals. By utilising the Games values of Passion, Teamwork, Determination, Honesty, Respect and Self Belief young people who don’t usually engage in PE and School Sport are encouraged to be involved in the Games through a comprehensive cultural offer including creative writing and performing arts.
The reward for winning this national award is that eight delegates from Cornwall will enrol on a Sport Management course looking into high quality events and in particular the USA model for school and college sports competition. As part of the course they will undertake a study tour to Boston in the USA and be hosted by Endicott College.
Deborah Swanton, Professor and Dean, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies at Endicott College said: “Many congratulations to Cornwall for winning the LOC Award. We are delighted to work with them to further explore the possibilities of using sport to enhance the lives of young people. Through the module and study tour we are able to learn from each other and investigate best practices related to running high quality sporting events for schools to engage students of all ages and abilities and to increase participation. We are truly inspired by our work with the Youth Sport Trust and the module and study tour has provided an international platform to develop strategies and ideas to strengthen sport offerings and opportunities for young people.”