School Games Winter Finals 2013: the results

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West Green Primary School girls team, winners of the Year 5/6 girls football competition

Schools from the nine School Games areas did their regions proud at the Sussex School Games Winter Finals, which took place on 6 March at Lancing College.

The Winter Finals is an annual seasonal competition focusing on team sport. It features just four disciplines – football, hockey, netball and rugby sevens – with the best teams drawn from Sussex schools competing for regional and individual honours. Over 400 children took part on the day.

Active Sussex and the Sainsbury’s School Games Local Organising Committee are delighted to announce the final results for first placed and runners-up and the overall standings for each region:

Year 5/6 Girls Football
Winner: West Green Primary School (Crawley)
Runner-up: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary (Hastings & Rother)

Year 7-9 Disability Football (Mild Learning Difficulties)
Winner: Oakgrove College (Southern Area)
Runner-up: The Regis School (West Sussex West)

Year 5/6 Hockey Quicksticks
Winner: Ocklynge Junior School (South Downs Area)
Runner-up: St Johns Mead Primary School (South Downs Area)

Year 7 Girls Netball
Winner: Our Lady of Sion School (Southern Area)
Runner-up: St Pauls Catholic College (Mid Sussex)

Year 8 Boys Rugby Sevens
Winner: The Weald School (Central Area)
Runner-up: Uckfield Community Technology College (North Wealden)

Official Overall Final standings
1.   Southern Area (37 points)
2.   Mid Sussex (31 points)
3.   West Sussex West (27 points)
4.   North Wealden (26 points)
5.   South Downs Area (24 points)
6.   Crawley (20 points)
7.   = Brighton & Hove (18 points)
7. = Central Area (18 points)
9. Hastings & Rother (13 points)

Highlights from the Winter Finals included the appearance of Olympic hockey star Alex Danson who was there to inspire the competitors, and a VIP speech by Sadie Mason, Chief Executive of Active Sussex, who reiterated her commitment to creating an Olympic legacy for the county.

Sadie Mason, chief executive of Active Sussex said: “The Winter Games was a fantastic chance for Sussex schools to come together for a day of team sport. The excellent facilities at Lancing College provided the perfect backdrop for the four team competitions. A number of outstanding performers were talent spotted and will now get the opportunity to train with some of the leading sports clubs in the county.”

Olympic hockey player Alex Danson, who won bronze with Team GB at the London 2012 Games, said: “It was a privilege to be the guest of honour at the Sainsbury’s School Games. From a personal perspective, my love of hockey developed from playing sport at school. The work of all PE teachers is incredibly important to ensure a lasting legacy from the London Olympics – and the Winter Finals is a perfect example of all that is good about team competition in our schools.”

David Jones, acting chair of the Local Organising Committee, said: “We are thrilled Lancing College agreed to host the School Games Winter Finals. The school’s high quality facilities played host to students from primary and secondary schools from across Sussex. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated workforce of School Games Organisers, officials, stewards, teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers who ensured the day was run efficiently and safely.”

Chris Crowe, Director of Sport at Lancing College said: “It has been a real honour for Lancing College to be involved in the planning and delivery of the Sainsbury’s School Games in Sussex. Being an active part of the 2012 legacy has reinforced the power that sport has to engage people on many levels. From participant to volunteer the contribution from all involved has been stunning; long may this continue!”

Sussex School Games is organised under the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games banner and is sponsored by Active Sussex Gold Tier partners Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester and local sponsors Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP and Southern Water.

British Paralympic Association Department for culture, media and sport Change 4 Life Lottery funded Youth Sport Trust

Part of the Sussex Legacy Initiative. Corporate partners are:

University of Chichester Freedom Leisure Rix & Kay TBCC K2 Active Sussex