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Church Langley Primary show their Olympic values

Education: Primary / Thu 9th Feb 2017 at 02:55pm

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ACTIVE Essex, the county’s sports and physical activity partnership, is celebrating the success of 64 schools who took part in the 5th annual winter games event.

The competition is open to both primary and secondary schools who have won district level competitions in one of 24 different sports from basketball and badminton to Squash and table tennis and is one of three school games events that takes place through the year.

The festival of sport ran throughout January at venues in Colchester, Harlow and Rochford with over 728 children taking part in the sports events and another 20 supporting as young leaders.

The aim of the winter games is to bring schools together to enjoy a wide variety of sports as well as to promote the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence and the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.

These values were brought to life by young leaders at Church Langley Primary School who managed and judged an inclusive boccia competition for able-bodied and disabled students at Mark Hall School in Harlow.

Gill Newlyn Essex Project Ability Officer said; “Some of the young leaders arrived at very late notice and we were very grateful to them for stepping in at the last moment. The young leaders were superb. They were quick to learn the role of ‘official’ and then carried out that role brilliantly. They were enthusiastic, patient, and extremely efficient. We couldn’t have run the event without their help.”

Azeem Akhtar, chair of Active Essex, said; “These winter games have been a huge success and it is wonderful to see so many children coming together to play and enjoy such a wide variety of sports. There is a wealth of sporting talent across Essex and our school games provide a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate sportsmanship and build friendships through sport.”

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, added; “It has been wonderful to see so many children taking part in the Active Essex school games. It is so important that we engage children in sports from an early age, not only to nurture talent but also to demonstrate the fun and friendship that can be enjoyed through sport.”

For more information about Active Essex and the school games, visit www.activeessex.org

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