Next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games Festival in Sussex is set to build on the huge success of previous years, thanks to £25,000 delivery budget of National Lottery funding.
The local organising committee for Sussex – has been awarded the funding from Sport England to deliver the School Games festival next year. It will be the culmination of year-round competitions within schools and between schools, with the most talented athletes progressing to compete across more than 10 sports including athletics, hockey, cricket and golf.
Sport England’s Suzanne Glavin, said: ‘The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals play a critical role in inspiring a generation of youngsters to play sport by providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive school sport. It also introduces talented athletes to high level competition, and with the help of the sport governing bodies, they are supported and signposted to further opportunities to compete and develop their talent. We are delighted to award this funding to Active Sussex and would like to thank them for the work they do in making these events happen.’
The 2014 County Sports Festivals will be bigger than ever before with an expected 150 festivals across the country, 175,000 students – including 17,000 students with a disability – and 25,000 volunteers.
There are 46 Local Organising Committees (LOCs) across England which are responsible for organising and delivering the festivals. They are made up of representatives from local schools, County Sports Partnerships, young people, and national and local sports providers. They are supported by the Youth Sport Trust which has been commissioned by Sport England to develop and deliver elements of the School Games until 2015.