As London prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic games in just over 50 days time, schoolchildren in Sussex are getting ready for their very own version of the big event: the Sussex School Games.
The largest single event hosted by the county this year, the School Games takes place across three neighbouring venues on 3 July.
Hosted jointly by Active Sussex and the Local Organising Committee made up of representatives from schools across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, the Games will see over a thousand children come together for a celebration of competitive sport.
Children’s Minister and MP for East Worthing & Shoreham, Tim Loughton, said: “Sport can bring out the best in everyone and the London 2012 Games is a great opportunity for us to inspire a generation of young people.”
Loughton will be the keynote speaker at the event, which takes place at K2 Crawley, Thomas Bennett Community College and Broadfield Football Stadium.
The event is being billed as “Sussex’s mini-Olympic and Paralympic Games” showcasing the very best sporting talent Sussex schools have to offer.
The School Games programme is supported by the Department of Education, the Department of Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, the Department of Health and funded by Sport England, through National Lottery. The Youth Sport Trust is also commissioned to deliver the School Games through the School Games Organisers Network.