700 school children from across Sussex came together on Wednesday 10 July 2013 to compete in the Sainsbury’s School Games in Sussex, Summer Festival, at K2 in Crawley.
Chosen as one of only three events to be exclusively profiled as part of the nationwide competition, the Sussex event saw pupils aged 7 to 15 from 64 schools compete for sporting glory across a range of sports.
They were joined by celebrity ambassadors: Darren Campbell, Sascha Kindred and Abi Oyepitan. Olympic gold medalist Campbell delivered some inspirational words during the opening ceremony:
‘Have belief − you will go through adversity, disappointment and upset, but never, ever give up on your dream. I dreamt the Olympic dream at 12 and it took 20 years to achieve it. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to believe in you?’
The Summer Festival was the last of three events in 2013 under the School Games in Sussex banner, with the Winter Finals taking place on 6 March and Parallel Youth Games on 12 June. The participating schools had qualified to represent their local areas following months of competition which thousands of children across the county took part in. The Local Organising Committee that planned and organised the event was formed of: Active Sussex, School Games Organisers, Young Ambassadors, National Governing Bodies of Sport and volunteers from the Sport Makers legacy programme.
The School Games is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, and sponsored by Active Sussex Gold Tier partners: Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester, and local sponsors Rix & Kay LLP and Southern Water. The Youth Sport Trust, who delivers the School Games, uses the legacy of London 2012 to transform competitive sport in schools.
Results − top three final standings (incorporating results from Winter Finals, Parallel Youth Games and Summer Finals):
2. Mid Sussex
3. West Sussex West