2013 Winter Finals


Guest of honour will be Team GB hockey star and London 2012 bronze medallist Alex Danson

Lancing College will host the Sussex School Games Winter Finals, which take place on 6 March 2013.

The Winter Finals is a 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.

TeamGB’s Alex Danson, a key member of the women’s bronze medal winning Olympic hockey team at London 2012, will be inspiring the young people as guest of honour.

Alex Danson said: “It’s a privilege to guest 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.”

Lancing College Chapel, venue for the opening ceremony for the Sussex School Games

Lancing College Chapel, venue for the opening ceremony for the Sussex School Games

Jonathan Gillespie, headmaster of Lancing College, said: “Lancing College is delighted to be hosting the Winter Finals in March and we look forward to welcoming our many visitors on the day. In the meantime, we wish all teams and competitors the best of fortune in the preliminary rounds.”

The Winter Finals is the first of two events under the Sainsbury’s School Games banner taking place in Sussex in 2013. The Winter Finals (6 March) will be followed by a Summer Finals (10 July) at K2. In addition, some badged events will take place at the Parallel Youth Games (12 June, Triangle Burgess Hill) and elsewhere. Billed as a “mini-Olympics and Paralympics”, the School Games is a part of the government’s Olympic legacy programme and is supported by headline sponsor Sainsbury’s.

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