South Yorkshire School Games Winter Final
Links SSP helped run the South Yorkshire School Games Winter Final, at which more than 100 children came together in Sheffield to compete in nine different sports, at the South Yorkshire Games 2014.
The students competed in sports including; Sports Hall Athletics, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Netball, Basketball, Inclusive Zone Basketball and Judo on the day.
Children from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster took part in the third annual winter finals event at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.
The opening ceremony, hosted by BBC Five Live’s Alan Biggs, featured special guest appearances by Team GB Judo Olympian, Sophie Cox, and freestyle football Guinness World Record holder, Ash Randall.
The opening ceremony also included an athletes’ parade, two dance performances by youngsters from Rotherham’s Bramley Sunnyside Juniors and Horizon Community College, Barnsley.
Gymnast Olivia Kerry, 10, from Mundella Primary School, Sheffield, said: “Everyone has been working really hard getting ready for today. The dancers in the opening ceremony were amazing, I hope I can dance like that one day.”
Primary and secondary school pupils took part in qualifying rounds to secure a place at the all-day EIS Sheffield event, which was supported by more than 100 volunteers including media students from Sheffield Hallam University.
The School Games aims to provide cultural activities, volunteering and officiating opportunities as well as sport for schools across South Yorkshire.
The Sheffield Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley was among the attendees. She said: “It’s fantastic, it’s so well organised and all the children are walking around with smiles on their faces so I think that says it all really. These facilities are continually used by people from far and wide so it’s really put Sheffield on the map”.