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Alex and Abbie from the BCHS BBC School News team interview Paul Woodhall from the Bedlington-Blyth Sports Partnership about the Sainsbury’s National School Games. Here is their report:
The Sainsbury’s National School Games is a sporting competition for children ages 5 to 15. There are three levels throughout the games, level one, which is in-school sporting activities, level two, which is schools creating teams to play their favourite sports, and level three, which is the finals for the qualifying teams. There are 32 events over the games and a massive 1500 students took part in the finals last year.
The School Games have now been running for four consecutive years, and have the funds to continue into 2016. Local schools are getting involved as the Games organisers are now inviting schools to take part in the level two qualifying competitions. Every school has free entry into the competition.
The Games offer a wide variety of sport for disabled children to – the Paragames. Adapted sports such as wheelchair basketball and archery are events which disabled children have the opportunity to participate. New sports are introduced to the Games each year, a lot of these now adapted for children with disabilities.
The main aim for the School Games is to foster Olympic spirit, spreading the word about different sports, especially in primary schools. Schools are being encouraged to put on extra-curricular activities at break, lunch, and after school to get young people involved in sports, and enjoying them. The Games make an effort to ask children what sports they would like to do in the future, getting as many involved possible.