School Games Trophy Returns to Southern Area


Schools representing the Southern Sussex area did their region proud as they came first place out of nine areas in Sussex at the Sainsbury’s School Games: a ‘mini-Olympics and Paralympics’ held on Thursday 10 July 2014 at K2, Crawley.

The event saw over 800 pupils aged 7 to 14 from 76 schools across Sussex compete for sporting glory, joined by over 200 volunteers who ensured that the day went smoothly.

Pupils battled it out across a range of sports, including athletics, golf, cricket, netball and gymnastics. They achieved 1st place in Year 7 Netball, Year 5-6 & Year 7 Athletics & 2nd place in Year 3-4 & Year 9-10 Golf, Year 5-6 Hockey & Year 5-8 Parallel Disability Sports.

Poppy, 12, from Downlands Community School was part of a team that won Bronze in the Year 7 Netball event and were also awarded with the ‘Determination Award’. Poppy said: ‘It’s been really great – competitive but fun at the same time, and it’s nice to make friends with who you’re marking!’

They were joined by professional athlete Lesley Owusu – 400m champion at the 2014 World Masters & silver medallist in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Lesley, who also works as a Sporting Champion motivational speaker, delivered some inspiring words during the opening ceremony:

‘Today is all about passion & loving sports. As an athlete of over 25 years, I know what it means to set goals, push yourself and push barriers. I wish everyone here success, competition, fair play & most importantly, to celebrate sport.’

Thank you to everybody who made the School Games a huge success and to Gold Tier Partners: Freedom Leisure and University of Chichester.

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