05 Dec Sportshall Athletics 2017
On 29th and 30th November Hornchurch Sports Centre was inundated with hundreds of children aged 7 to 11 taking part in the Havering Sportshall Athletics events. The competitions were compered by Adam Burgess of Sportshall UK who managed to raise the roof once again with over 500 high pitched voices screaming at the same time! The year 5 and 6 competition is a school games event and the winners proceed to the qualifiers for the London School Games Spring finals in March 2018. With 15 teams taking part in the morning and 18 in the afternoon of the 29th November it was a very hotly contested affair. Children took part in 6 relay and track events and 6 field events gaining points for their team. Despite the standard of the competition being the highest since we started 6 years ago, Ardleigh Green Junior School were victorious for the 6th year running. At all the sports competitions this year it has become almost as important to win one of our coveted School Games Values awards and for year 5 and 6 the winners were as follows:
Passion was awarded to Parsonage Farm, Upminster Junior, Langtons, Harold Wood, Gidea Park Primary and Crowlands. Self Belief was awarded to Hacton, Elm Park, Mawney, Branfil, Mead and Rainham Village.
As with all our competitions and festivals we couldn’t manage to hold them successfully without the help of secondary school young leaders and huge thanks goes to Hall Mead, Gaynes, Frances Bardsley Academy and Redden Court School for their expertise at the year 5 and 6 event.
On 30th November we arrived at the sports centre to do it all again for year 3 and 4 children. With 30 schools participating throughout the day it was another noisy and competitive affair compered again by Adam from Sportshall UK. Our young leaders that day came from Coopers Coborn School, Emerson Park Academy and Bower Park Academy. Many of the leaders had taken part in the event when they were at primary school so it was great fun for them to be officiating. Over 600 children took part and gained their team points. The eventual winners overall were again Ardleigh Green Junior School.
School Games values were won by Whybridge Junior, James Oglethorpe, Squirrels Heath Junior, St. Edwards, Nelmes and Suttons who were awarded for their Determination. Benhurst, Scotts, RJ Mitchell, Dame Tipping, Drapers Brookside and Harrow Lodge Primary were recognised for their Respect.
We took the opportunity during the events to present some School Games Gold Mark awards. The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. The gold award demonstrates a very high level of commitment and the schools that achieved this for the 2016/17 school year are Benhurst Primary, Parsonage Farm Primary, Upminster Junior, Scotts Primary, Ardleigh Green Junior, Clockhouse Primary and Engayne Primary.
Full results from the events can be found under our Primary Results page.
Photos of the event can be viewed on our Primary Gallery.