County School Games Festival in £45,000 Lotto cash boost

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Next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games Festival in Lincolnshire will be able to build on the success of previous years, thanks to £45,000 of National Lottery funding.

The local organising committee for Lincolnshire has been awarded the funding from Sport England to deliver the School Games festival, alongside Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, next year.

It will be the culmination of year-round competitions within schools and between schools, with the most talented athletes progressing to compete across more than 30 sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, hockey, volleyball and badminton.

Sport England’s Strategic Lead – Youth, Suzanne Glavin, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals play a critical role in inspiring a generation of youngsters to play sport by providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive school sport.

“It also introduces talented athletes to high level competition, and with the help of the sport governing bodies, they are supported and signposted to further opportunities to compete and develop their talent.

“We are delighted to award this funding to Lincolnshire and would like to thank them for the work they do in making these events happen.”

In 2014 it is expected that there will be 150 County Sports Festivals across the country, and will feature 175,000 students – including 17,000 students with a disability - and 25,000 volunteers.

Over 650 school children are expected to take part in the Winter School Games level 3 festival in Lincolnshire next year.

Amy Story, School Games Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals offer young people a fantastic opportunity to take part and compete across a range of sports against their peers.

“The funding for these festivals will help make the events an exciting and inspiring occasion for those taking part.”

The Winter School Games will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre. For further information visit www.lincolnshiresports.com or www.yourschoolgames.com.