A thousand year 3 children gathered in the glorious sunshine at Worthing Leisure Centre for the annual Worthing Schools Legacy Games. The games were originally inspired by London 2012 and have now become embedded in the Worthing Schools sporting calendar and part of the Olympic Legacy.
The official town crier Bob Smytherman called competitors, staff, officials and volunteers to gather for the opening ceremony.
A samba band from West Park school opened proceedings with a guest appearance by Ronaldinho (our very own Jack Ware!) carrying a large replica World Cup, much to the delight and surprise of the spectators.
There followed a thought provoking and sophisticated dance by KS1 and KS2 pupils from Broadwater C of E, pupils who performed a dance depicting the impact of soldiers going to war and then returning home.
The Deputy Mayor Michael Donin and his deputy Mayoress Linda Williams then lead the children from all sixteen schools in saying the Legacy Games oath after which the games were officially declared “open”.
The games consisted of a blend of participation and competitive events. Zumba, tri-golf, multi-skills and athletics formed the participation pathway whilst those choosing a more competitive route and played against each other at Endball which took place at a local school West Park due to the astro turf at the Leisure Centre still being a work in progress. In the Endball Tournament there was both a Cup and Plate tournament with Bramber School winning the Cup, with West Park School runners up. Whytemead emerged as winners of the Plate tournament whilst Broadwater CofE came a close second.
Tina Price Sports Development Officer said “It was a wonderful event seeing 1000 children enjoying an afternoon of sport at all levels and abilities, which shows the passion and importance of physical activity in terms of linking skills developed into a classroom environment.”
Ali Groves chair of Worthing Schools Sports Association (WSSA) described “It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying a sporting afternoon being helped and supported by year 6/7 Legacy Leaders, sixth formers and apprentices. It shows what can be achieved when everyone in a community work together. I was proud to be part of it all “
All the events were ably overseen and officiated by students and apprentices from Worthing Sixth Form College. Prior to the day the students volunteered their time and expertises by visiting and coaching in local schools to ensure the children were fully prepared for the day. Dave Hall coach education co-ordinator at Worthing College mused that “I’m immensely proud of our students and their dedication, which has resulted in the last 4-5 weeks in providing positive opportunities for all children in the Worthing schools system to take part in PE lessons as well as the students developing their own leadership skills as well as being positive role models for the school children to look up to. The days itself was a great success with the first Endball Tournament, which provides a great balance between performance and participation, which is a vital part of the children’s education in terms of variety of physical activities as well as learning the importance of competition.
In addition to students going into schools to deliver sports for the WSSA Legacy Games we also had our Women’s Rugby AASE girls delivering girl only Rugby lessons to three primary schools, which was excellent as it gave girls a new sport to try with positive role models, which will give them a positive experience, which they can take into rest of their PE and activities outside.”
The afternoon culminated in all 16 schools competing in heats and finals of a shuttle relay competition.
Shuttle relay results were as follows
1st TAB First
3rd The Vale
The WSSA are very proud of the Legacy Games and the generous sponsorship throughout the year from Estate Agents Jacobs Steel..
Ashley Jacobs managing director of Jacobs steel said “it was the first time I have attended the event and I was very impressed with the tremendous effort that the WSSA had team made to make the day so successful. Jacobs steel & Company are delighted to be the sponsor and as a local company celebrating our 30th anniversary we think it is important to support the town in which we live and work. It is very satisfying to see the children of all abilities taking part and enjoying themselves.”
Top work by all involved,