Preparations for the 2019 SPAR Lancashire School Games, the largest youth sporting event in the county, are now well underway with both the launch and various Level 3 events having taken place.
The School Games launch kicked off proceedings back in February at Headline Sponsor, James Hall & Co Ltd.’s offices, and since then Active Lancashire and the Lancashire School Games Organisers (SGO’s) have been hosting a series of sporting events designed to help motivate and inspire thousands of young people across the County to participate in more school sport and physical activity.
The launch event was the official opening of the 2019 SPAR Lancashire School Games and the event comprised of guest appearances and inspirational speeches from local sports stars Nathan Maguire and Lisa Whiteside. Hundreds of young people from schools across the County as well as a number of key stakeholders were present and guests were lucky enough to experience a VIP tour of the James Hall & Co Ltd site. Spar’s Marketing Director, Peter Dodding said, “The event was a huge success in getting schools from across the county together to build momentum for the next few months of fun, competitive sport.”
The first competition for the 2019 Lancashire School Games was the Sportshall Athletics held at Blackpool Sports Centre. Separate competitions were held thereafter for small Primary Schools, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools, allowing for a huge number of young people to represent their school and district.
Winners included Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School, Broughton Primary School, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (Boys) and Broughton High School (Girls).
In March 2019, determined students from several Lancashire secondary schools came together at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre in Preston to demonstrate their handball skills. The competition provided all spectators, including the team from James Hall & Co Ltd, with a fantastic display of grit and teamwork.
The handball competition was led by England Handball and delivered by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students who had undertaken handball activator training as part of the School Games programme. Providing young people with the opportunity to help deliver the games and learn new skills is an integral part of the School Games programme.
In April, the 2019 Lancashire Disability Swimming Gala took place at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. The event encouraged Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools pupils to take part in swimming races and other activities delivered by SGO’s. Over 300 young people took part in the festivities and each individual received a Spar Lancashire School Games goody bag to take home.
Finally, a dance festival for primary and secondary schools took place at the Guild Hall, Preston in May 2019. Students delivered an amazing show, performing various dance acts which had been put together around the theme for this year ‘diversity’.
All competition results so far for 2019 can be found by clicking here.
With the 2019 SPAR Lancashire School Games taking place on 2nd July, there will be several more events leading up to the event, such as the tennis finals (21st June, Primary schools; 28th June, Secondary schools). To stay informed and to see updates regarding the 2019 Lancashire School Games, keep an eye on the following social media channels: