OVER 2,000 young people, including youngsters from Tameside, will be taking part in the 2019 Greater Manchester Summer School Games today (Wednesday 26th June.)
The event sees primary and secondary schools from the 10 local boroughs compete against each other in their sport to become Greater Manchester School Champions.
In its eigth year, The Greater Manchester School Games is one of the largest School Games events in the country; with 21 competitions in 13 sports and activities.
Sports include ultimate frisbee, a new sport this year, goalball, rounders and many others, all taking place across eight iconic sporting venues in Greater Manchester, including the National Cycling Centre and Regional Athletics Arena
This event aims to provide opportunities for all children, regardless of their ability or confidence, to be able to participate in a mass sporting event.
Some competitions will be scored by the participants’ peers using Spirit Score Cards which are based on the School Games values; passion, honesty, respect, teamwork, determination and self-belief which are essential values not just in sport, but in life.
This system reinforces the shifting focus from traditional competitive sport to a more inclusive event for students of all abilities to compete on a level playing field. This will help more children to feel the benefits of physical activity, as at present 6 in 10 children in Greater Manchester are not active enough to positively affect their health.
Sara Tomkins CEO at GreaterSport said “The Greater Manchester School Games is a key fixture in the sporting calendar for schools across the region and one that we want as many children as possible to be able to experience. Being physically active is essential to help our future generations be happier and healthier and our aim is for more children to be involved in the School Games and experience the joy of movement!”
The event, organised by GreaterSport on behalf of the Local Organising Committee, with over 200 young volunteers from across Greater Manchester Schools and colleges supporting the delivery of the event.
For schools who are taking part, a full list of sports, competitions, venues and more information on the event please visit www.greatersport.co.uk/schoolgames. To keep up to date on the day follow #GMSchoolGames on Twitter and Instagram.