10,000 children across Cornwall participate in Virtual Cornwall School Games

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10,000 children across Cornwall participate in Virtual Cornwall School Games

Published at 3:47pm 7th July 2020.

The first ever Cornwall Virtual School Games, sponsored by the University of Exeter, took place between Monday 22nd - Friday 26th June 2020.

They had over 10,000 unique participants and nearly 40,000 individual results registered - an incredible level of participation when many children were not at school.

The Virtual School Games brought teachers, parents and children together to feel part of a team and represent their school in a number of challenges.

The children completed 14 different sport-based challenges which were for all children of all abilities in Cornwall, from reception through to year 10.

There was one challenge per day with athletics on Monday, bowls and boccia on Tuesday, dance and gymnastics on Wednesday, volleyball on Thursday, tennis on Friday and throughout the whole week 'Making Up the Miles'.

All Results were announced on Friday 26th June 2020 and if you missed them, they can be seen on the Cornwall Virtual School Games website.

Neil Eddy, School Games Organiser from Mounts Bay Academy said: “We are overwhelmed with the engagement we have had with our first virtual games. Sport always has the ability to bring people together, we will look to continue to build on this in the future.”

The Cornwall Virtual Games also focused on the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ which linked how taking part in physical activity and completing the challenges can support each of the 5 ways of Give, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Connect and Be Active.

The Virtual School Games was delivered by a small team at Active Cornwall with some amazing support from all the schools and their teachers getting behind it in such a positive way.

A big thank you to our amazing Ambassador Paralympian David Wetherill, our sponsors the University of Exeter, Pirate FM and Neil Caddy for their support, the young leaders who created the challenge videos and especially Reehan and Gwen at Poltair, Mr Timothy Williams from Mounts Bay Academy for his expert skills on excel, The Cornish Pirates for getting behind the challenges, Sport England for investing in the School Games, our counties 4 School Games Organisers.

A huge thank you must go to all of these.

The Cornwall School Games team

Dan Lugg, School Games Organiser from Penryn College commented: “This week has been amazing to be a part of, with so many schools and young people engaging it has been fantastic, I cannot thank the schools and parents
enough for participating. 

For more information on the Cornwall Virtual Games, and to see the results, challenges and videos from the week please visit http://activecornwall.org/cornwallschoolgames/the-virtual-games or drop an email to CornwallSchoolGames@cornwall.gov.uk.

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