THE 4th & 5th July saw a total of almost 3 thousand children descend on Wavertree Sports Park for final 2 days of the Level 3 School Games 2018 in the Liverpool City Region. With Britain enjoying one of its warmest summers for many years, it wasn’t just the weather that was sizzling, the atmosphere was too.
Teams from across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral came to compete, with a multitude of different sports all taking place at the same time. Day one was focussed around providing opportunities for children with additional needs to participate, whilst day two was a primary school-focussed event, with a secondary-age girls’ Rugby Waterfall Festival taking place in tandem.
Both days kicked off with an opening ceremony, featuring a guest appearance from mascot, Jigstar and a Fortnite dance and sign language-inspired warm up from Deaf Active.
Sports over the two days included:
- Sitting Volleyball
- New Age Kurling
- QuadKids Athletics
- Swimming & Waterpolo
- Mini Red Tennis
- Quicksticks Hockey
- Girls’ Touch Rugby Union
- Girls’ Football
- High 5 Netball
As well as stiff competition, there was also a new emphasis this year on engaging a broader group of children, encouraging participation and developing more opportunities for appropriate-level competition, with Rugby, Dodgeball, Waterpolo and Futsal all offering a new style of competition. As ever, there was a focus on encouraging children to demonstrate the School Games Values of Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork, with each sport awarding a ‘Spirit of the Games’ trophy.
The events were once again made possible thanks to Sport England and National Lottery funding. They were jointly organised by a network of 14 School Games Organisers and MSP – the strategic organisation which works to unlock the power of sport and physical activity here in the Liverpool City Region.
Speaking about the event MSP’s Chief Executive, Jean Stephens said: “The Level 3 School Games in the Liverpool City Region plays a crucial part in offering opportunities to see lives enriched and skills for life developed. Participation in sport and physical activity, along with the volunteering opportunities they provide, is the key to so much more than simply having a healthy body. It’s critical to maintaining good mental health and offers phenomenal opportunities for character development”
The 2018 School Games is supported nationally by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association. For more information, including how schools can get involved, visit www.yourschoolgames.com.