AN EXCITING week of Sainsbury’s School Games sport was enjoyed by youngsters from schools across Evesham and Pershore.
Sam Hook, School Games organiser for South Worcestershire, set up numerous events in liaison with local clubs and schools as host sites.
“It has been an exceptional week of sport, well supported by local schools with either participants or leaders,” said Sam.
“We have had just under 300 young people competing across all the events and 50 Young Leaders delivering them.”
The Tri Golf event was held on Wednesday, June 3 when over 200 year three and four pupils from ten schools attended the Sainsbury’s School Games-backed competition hosted by The Vale Golf Club.
Cropthorne, Offenham, Harvington, Holy Redeemer, St Richard’s, St Mary’s Broadway, St Mary’s Evesham, Swan Lane, Broadway First and Bretforton all eagerly completed the skills circuit, including activities such as bullseye, down the middle and dominoes, as they battled for a place at the Worcestershire Summer School Games to be held at Bromsgrove School on June 23.
The winners, going on to represent South Worcestershire in the finals, are champions Holy Redeemer.
Sam said: “The atmosphere was crackling with excitement and competition and it was great the children had the opportunity to visit such a lovely venue.
“Many thanks must go to the club for hosting and a huge well done to the leaders from The De Montfort School and St Egwin’s Middle School who did an amazing job and without whom the event could not have run.”
Head professional Ryan Dix and head assistant professional Harry Thompson said: “It was a pleasure to host the event and great to see so many youngsters taking part in golf and being active.
“It proves that golf isn’t just for older people.”
Anyone wanting to get more involved can access junior coaching at weekends by contacting the golf club for more details.
The South Worcestershire Mini Tennis Finals took place the following day when year five and six pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School competed against Bredon Hill Middle School for a place in the Worcestershire Summer School Games.
Sam Hook said: “The leaders from Bredon Hill did a fantastic job enabling the competition to run smoothly and there were some superb rallies!”
It was Bredon Hill A team who progressed to the next round of the Games.
Twenty-four hours later the tag rugby event featured 60 year five and six pupils.
Hosted and supported by Pershore Rugby Club, the competition saw Cropthone, Offenham, Harvington, St Mary’s Broadway, Vale of Evesham, Broadway and Pinvin Middle School compete in the round-robin tournament.
Sam added: “It was fantastic to see so many boys and girls taking part and being competitive. The leaders from St Egwin’s Middle School were a credit to themselves and the school, refereeing the games extremely well.
“Many thanks must go to Pershore Rugby Club for their exceptional support.”
Ben Andrews, from Pershore RFC, said: “It’s fantastic for us to host and assist with a successful event like this.
“Myself and the other Pershore coaches enjoy being involved and seeing so many local schoolchildren benefit from being able to enjoy Pershore RFC’s facilities. We hope that some might join us again in the future.”
Other recent winners in South Worcestershire’s inaugural orienteering competition, hosted at The De Montfort School, were Eckington’s ‘Stigosaurus’ and Bredon Hill Middle School who won the year five and six and year seven and eight competitions respectively.