There are lots of ways that schools across Essex can get involved in 2012 and entering a great competition is one of them!
The School Games is a new approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and enthuse all young people. There will be three competitions happening in Essex in 2012 in Winter, Spring and Summer. The Winter School Games successfully took place on Wednesday 18 January 2012 with schools across Essex competing at county level. For more information about School Games contact: Carrie Bywater or click here to read more>>
Mini Games are sporting events for schools across Essex to compete against each other in a sports day resembling the real Olympic and Paralympic Games. The events include all types of sports seen at the Games or resembling those sports as well as opening and closing ceremonies with flags made by pupils and medals ceremonies on podiums. Summer 2011 Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Castle Point & Rochford SSP all hosted Mini Games events for their Schools. A new programme is underway for mini Games events in 2012. Contact Kelly Harman for more information.
Secondary Schools across Essex will participate in a mountain bike competition at Hadleigh Farm, site of the Olympic Mountain bike competition. The competition is open to boys and girls and has two age categories, U14’s and U16’s. Schools can enter by downloading and completing the latest entry form here>>
Four of the key features at the Hadleigh Olympic Mountain Bike Venue have been named by Essex school pupils.
The feature naming competition, run by Essex County Council and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) open to all Get Set Network schools across the county, received some fantastic entries.
The ‘Leap of Faith’, submitted by Baddow Junior School, describes a steep and fast rocky drop on the course and is amongst the four winning entries.
Mountain Bike competitors will also tackle Hadleigh Junior’s aptly named ‘The Breathtaker’ on the agonising long steady climb to the top of the 5km looped course.
The Deanes school took inspiration from their own heritage to name ‘Deanes Drop’ a craggy descent leading into a tight right turn at the bottom of the course.
And riders will have to navigate over and through the ‘Rabbit Hole’, Chelmer Valley High’s name for the iconic tunnel, inspired by the rabbit warrens found on the grasslands surrounding the course.
The winning schools were Baddow Junior, Chelmer Valley High from Chelmsford and Hadleigh Junior and The Deanes School,Thundersley from Castle Point who rose to the occasion, putting their imaginative and inventive skills to the challenge.
The four feature names now being used at official events in the run up to the London 2012 Games - including the Hadleigh International test event on 31 July 2011, at Games-time and beyond.The winning schools were present at an educational day at the Mountain Bike Venue where they were rewarded with tickets to experience the thrill of the test event at Hadleigh on 31 July.