600 pupils compete in Games

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A record number of over 600 pupils from 55 Essex primary schools have competed in the Active Essex Summer School Games.

The games, which took place at the Basildon Sporting Village, saw parents watch on as their children took part in a wide range of events and sporting activities, including QuadKids athletics, netball, swimming and gymnastics.

Southend schools that took part included Bournes Green, Greenways & Temple Sutton.

The West Ham Foundation led the mini games festival for KS1 & KS2 pupils, along with Active Essex Coach Core apprentices and young leaders.

Darrel Blows from Greenways Primary, Southend on Sea, said; “It is a great opportunity for the students to represent Essex. Basildon Sporting Village is a special venue and it’s great to be involved in.”

Along with the Summer School Games, 14 Essex schools took part in the 5th Special School Games, hosted by the Multi-Schools Council in collaboration with Active Essex.

The inclusive event is designed for students with special needs or disabilities who are encouraged to take part in a range of sports and activities, from archery and athletics to New Age Kurling and Boccia.

Kierran Pearce, head of the Multi-Schools Council and an Active Essex All-Together ambassador, said: “The School Games provide the opportunity for students to try out fun new sports and activities that may not be available at their own schools. Today has been great for all involved and everyone’s enjoying themselves as you can see by the smiles on their faces!”

The School Games are part of Active Essex’s core programme to engage with children and inspire them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

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