Stroud District School Games
Archway School’s School Games Organiser James Jeffery has overseen a busy start to 2019 with great engagement in sport and physical activities.
The new year’s programme kicked off with a Primary Gymnastics event, catering for the Key Steps Beginners ability and an intermediate event for children ranging from Y3-6. The two competitions saw over 120 gymnasts compete with Gastrells Primary and Rodborough Community Primary progressing through to the county L3 competition.
Next up was the inclusive event of Secondary Boccia and Primary New Age Kurling which saw great performances from all schools. The 12 schools attending the New Age Kurling had a fantastic experience in this new event. We were appreciative of Allsorts who provided support in delivering a great Boccia event to the schools attending, with Archway, Thomas Keble and St Roses competing to reach the L3 County final. The programme continued to offer a range of events for all interests with the highest attended Primary Debating competition in the district’s history with 5 schools battling it out to convince each other and the audience that their nominee for the greatest coach ever fitted the title. The event was held at the lovely venue of the Pavilion at The Museum in the Park and saw Minchinhampton win and progress to L3.
There are two more events that were included in this busy period.
The Quick Sticks Hockey event saw an A and B team competition run simultaneously for the first time, the small sided game proved very popular with 29 teams competing to reach the county final.
Special mention goes to Leonard Stanley Primary whose three teams across the two competitions all medalled, with current county champions Horsley Primary reaching the L3 final again with an unbeaten performance.
Finally, the ever popular Primary Archery again attracted enough teams to fill three afternoons of competition.
Callowell Primary’s investment in their archery set up proved worthy as they occupied three of the top four places, with Bisley Blue Coat breaking the domination with a bronze medal finish.
Overall a great start to 2019 with more events to follow and more opportunities for children to engage in sport and physical activity.