August 2 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Active Norfolk School Summer Games have drawn to a close for another year.
The events are part of a bid to continue the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, with children encouraged to participate more in sport.
This year, organisers said the games were the most inclusive yet, with specific events aimed at pupils from small schools and at those with either learning difficulties or disabilities.
The week was launched by an event that saw children with disabilities competing in sport adapted to their needs. Two new sports, cycling and sailing, were also added this year, to give children the chance to broaden their skills.
The final day, held at the UEA Sportspark, saw year 7-10 compete in athletics while others played goalball, mini tennis, cricket and sitting volleyball.
More than 600 children took part, with many more participating throughout the week in sports such as archery, hockey, angling and indoor rowing. The games were a break away from the classroom and took the youngsters to venues such as Norwich Family Golf Centre, Easton College Tennis Centre and Whitlingham Country Park. Those who have qualified for the next level will go on to compete in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.