The young people of Hull and East Yorkshire are getting their own opportunity to experience what it might be like to win Gold. 2012 is not only the year of London 2012 it is also the year of the Humber School Games Festival which will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July.
Over 2000 young people from primary and secondary Schools, Academies and Special Schools will compete across a weekend packed with different sports to test their stamina, skills and abilities to find out which teams will be the Humber School Champions the Year the Olympics came to Britain.
Amongst the sports will be traditional Olympic sports such as Athletics and Swimming where young people will test themselves against the best the Humber has to offer, but alongside these there will also be less traditional sports such as Orienteering and Rounders where it is just as important to work as a team as it is to be the best athlete. There are thirteen sports which will form the basis of the official competition but just like the Olympics a number of demonstration sports such as Tennis will be staged so that there is a feel for what might be included in following years.
Already Schools across Hull and East Yorkshire are taking part in local championships to qualify for the major Humber Games Finals and the young people of the Humber are showing there is exceptional talent amongst them. Results, team photos and match reports will be reported from qualifying rounds in this paper and on www.humbersport.com
Denham Kite, Headmaster of Victoria Dock Primary School, Hull said
“The Humber School Games is a major event for the Humber region and for North East Lincolnshire it gives a real opportunity for our young people from 8 – 16 to take part in a huge celebration of Sport. The Games will also have a large Cultural element of Music, Dance and Art so it will be a cultural experience as well as a sporting one. We want the Young people to bring their families and enjoy what should be one of the most memorable days of the summer. “
The competitions will take place across a number of venues on both sides of the river Humber, including Costello Athletics Stadium, The University of Hull, The Pods Leisure Centre and Appleby Frodingham Sports Club, Scunthorpe.
The School Games are a legacy of the Olympic Games and will continue over the next few years. There are opportunities for local sports clubs to get involved in supporting the events and to promote themselves to competitors and spectators to gain new recruits to their clubs.
The competition held on Saturday 14th July links up with the North Lincolnshire Cultural Olympiad events taking place during the summer 2012, specifically forming part of the Cycle Song Festival and Opera taking place that weekend.