School Commonwealth Games 2014

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Friday 20th June saw over 600 students from the 15 Newquay primary schools take part in a range of sporting competitions and festivals held on Tretherras and Treviglas sites.

Staged by the Newquay Sports Network, the day aimed to replicate the success of the last similar event, the Newquay Schools Olympic Sports Day 2012, and highlight the importance of regular activity.

The sporting occasion was also linked with the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to create greater awareness of different cultures and countries at an earlier age.

Children aged 5 to 13 participated whilst Year 7 and 9 sports leaders from both Tretherras and Treviglas led the activities and acted as role models for the younger primary students.

Athletics, football and rugby were all on offer as well as more contemporary activities – such as archery, climbing and dance – for students who are putt off by ‘traditional’ sports and to encourage them to take part in alternate physical activity.

Richard Higginson, Tretherras PE teacher and co-organiser of the event said: “The day highlighted the importance of sport and regular physical activity whilst also having fun. It was fantastic to visit both sites to see young sport leaders from both secondary’s leading the events throughout the day acting as role models and fantastic sport ambassadors.”

Grace Hudson, Year 7 sports leader at Treviglas, was impressed by the young students saying: “The standard of running was amazing, especially the 7 year olds. The weather was also fantastic on the day with a breeze to cool the competitors down!”

A ‘Sportability’ activity was also held for students who have any physical or learning challenges that may usually hinder their participation in sport.

Sean Wells, Community Sports Coordinator for Treviglas and co-organiser added: “The standard was so high with all the teams showing great motivation and a good sporting ethos is the support they were offering each other.”

NSN worked closely with their community sport partners and were grateful for the support of Newquay Bowmen, Newquay Sports Centre, Steve Hillman of the Cornwall Sport Partnership, Ed Byrne from the Byrne Black Belt Academy, Patrick Lucas from Cornwall Badminton and Phil Morris from Cornwall RFU for their work on the day.