Borough schools impress in first virtual games

Published Thursday, 16 July 2020

Pupils across the borough are celebrating after an impressive performance against county schools in the first virtual school games summer championships.

Organised by Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) as part of National School Sport Week, this year’s event was held virtually in June and attracted participation from 3,000 pupils from 123 schools.

Participants were offered the chance to put forward their best score in a range of challenges, with pupils able to participate individually from home or in a school environment. Over 15,000 entries were submitted across the four sports categories.

Pupils from the borough of Hinckley & Bosworth did extremely well, earning first place in the SPIRIT - SSPAN Champions category with 18 points; Burbage Junior School attained first place with 81 points in the Athletics category and The Market Bosworth School attained second place with 35 points in the SPIRIT of the Games County Champions for secondary schools.

This first ever LRS School Games Virtual Summer Championships was also supported by a range of professional sports teams and sports personalities from across our county and beyond.

Leicester City star and England International James Maddison pledged his support for the event along with a host of talented sports stars and Team GB Olympians & Paralympians, including those that should have been heading out to Tokyo themselves this summer. They recorded messages of support and took part in the challenges to motivate and challenge the young people taking part in the event. 

LRS Sports Development Officer, Liam Drake who runs the county-wide school sport offer said: “Our School Games Virtual Summer Championships was a huge success that exceeded the aims and expectations that we had in terms of the engagement of young people across the county. We would like to put on record our huge thanks to everyone involved - schools, pupils, staff and parents; SSPAN staff and all of the sportspeople, GO GOLD athletes and famous faces that took the time to record good luck messages and film themselves taking on some of the HiFIVE challenges.

“As well as being a fantastic event, the Virtual Summer Championships has confirmed to us that there is an appetite for virtual school sport events and competitions, not only in the short term whilst we go through the current situation, but also beyond that which will hopefully allow us to make these events more sustainable and engage with even more young people, particularly those who don't necessarily get or take the opportunity to represent their school in 'traditional' school sports competitions.”

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Nichols added: “My thanks to everyone at LRS who made this event possible, despite the challenging circumstances. It is great to see so many pupils taking part, even though they can’t compete in person this year, making it a virtual event is a great way to inspire young people to keep active and engaged in sport and hopefully this will encourage more young people to continue to stay active and participate in the future. The success of this event was due to the commitment of the schools, the teachers, sports leaders and young people, as well as the partners who work with the Hinckley & Bosworth School Sport Partnership so well done to them all for their hard work.”

You can find out more about the role of Hinckley & Bosworth School Sport Partnership (HBSSPAN) by visiting Hinckley & Bosworth School Sport & Physical Activity Network (activehb.org.uk) and following on twitter @HB_SSPAN