Funding boost for Sainsbury’s School Games

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Competitors warm up at the inaugural Sussex School Games, K2 Crawley, in July 2012

School sport in Sussex is set for a boost after Sport England announced additional National Lottery funding for Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals.

The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is jointly managed in Sussex by Active Sussex and the local organising committee as the Sussex School Games.

Sadie Mason, chief executive of Active Sussex, said: “We are very pleased to acknowledge the extra investment from Sport England in the Sussex School Games. The Games are a chance for Sussex schools to come together for a day of competition and celebration.

“Building on the incredible debut event in 2012, which saw 1,200 school children take part at K2 Crawley, we are thrilled that this year we will host two events in Sussex – a winter and summer games. Active Sussex is particularly proud that the first of these is being hosted by Lancing College.”

The local organising committees for School Games festivals in the South East, which include Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, are each to receive at least £45,000 of Lottery funding from Sport England which will help make their events a real celebration of sport.

In 2012, 14,660 young people took part in Sainsbury’s School Games festivals across the South East, inspired by the incredible year of sport that the country witnessed. The events in the South East were made possible by the hard work schools and 1,247 volunteers, most of whom were young people themselves.

Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “Young people can look forward to an inspirational sporting experience at their local Sainsbury’s School Games Festival, thanks to this lottery funding. Last year’s events were a huge success – something everyone involved should feel proud of – and they’re set to be even better in 2013.”

John Steele, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals offer young people a fantastic opportunity to take part and compete across a range of sports against their peers. The funding for these festivals will help make the events an exciting and inspiring occasion for those taking part.”

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