Kent children are being ‘Actively Brilliant’ this year thanks to the launch of the Kent School Games 2014
There’s been a lot of talk about the ‘Sporting Legacy’ of London 2012 with a mixed picture across the UK. Here in Kent, however, the ‘Sporting Legacy’ of the Olympics and Paralympics is not only alive and kicking, but itis positively ‘going for gold’ as a whole new generation of school children are rising to the call to ‘Be Actively Brilliant’ in 2014. And it’s all thanks to a fantastic initiative called the Kent School Games.
If the opportunity for 35,000 children to try their hand at 35 different sports sounds too good to be true, then we probably would have agreed with you until we heard about the Kent School Games 2014, which is being made a reality in Kent for the fourth time thanks to organisers KCC’s Sport and Physical Activity Service and the support of Sainsbury’s.
The 35 key sporting events embraced by KSG reads like a who’s who of sporting opportunity from athletics, cycling, football and tennis; through badminton, basketball, boxing and beach volleyball; to hockey, KWIK cricket, new age curling, the panathlon, rowing and rugby and the Games are open to all age groups, abilities and disabilities, with the Primary Games, Secondary Games and the Disability Games.
Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, said: “The Kent School Games 2014 is a dynamic example of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy being made a reality. With the backing of KCC and thanks to the sponsorship of Sainsbury’s, about 35,000 young people will be taking part in the fourth Kent School Games.
“We are passing on the legacy to the next generation of children and giving them a sporting chance to get competitive, achieve their sporting potential and be actively brilliant.”
So the big question is: do you have to be brilliant at sport to ‘Be Actively Brilliant’ and take part in Kent School Games 2014? We asked Danny Crates, Paralympian and world record holder, who recently launched the 2014 Games.
Danny Crates said: “Before I became a Paralympian and world record holder, I too was just a regular school boy who loved rugby and athletics. It’s all about being bold enough to take that first step onto the racetrack at school or join your school sports team for the first time. Whether you have a dream to achieve something great or you simply want to try out a new sport for the first time, the key thing is to go for it!”
The unique three levels of the Games make it especially easy for children to get involved as Kent School Games participants can first grow their confidence within school, which also gives schools an opportunity to discover their most enthusiastic and talented young sportsmen and women. The best competitors from each school then progress to one of 16 regional School Games Areas’ competitions or regional events, whilst the winners of each region will then move to the star spangled Kent School Games finals in July 2014.
Kent School Games 2014 will culminate in an exhibition and competitive showcase on Wednesday 25 June, as part of a 20-day finals programme at top sporting venues in front of hundreds of school students, parents and teachers, together with a star-studded cast of former Olympians, Paralympians and the county’s dignitaries.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
If you want to get your school participating in the Kent School Games 2014 contact your School Games Organiser on kentsport.org/SchoolGamesOrganisers or for further news and information about KSG 2014 visit www.kentschoolgames.com, or follow them on Twitter @KentSchoolGames and Facebook/KentSchoolGames.