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Crawley Schoolchildren excel at Sussex School Games



Schools representing the Crawley area honored their region as they came eighth out of nine areas in Sussex at the annual School Games a ‘mini-Olympics and Paralympics style’ festival of sport held on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at K2, Crawley.

Over 950 schoolchildren aged 7-14 from schools across the whole of Sussex competed for sporting glory, joined by more than 200 Young Leaders from a number of Sussex based schools, who ensured the smooth running of the day. The event has now been running since 2012. An exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England, the School Games are designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

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Students from the Crawley region battled it out in a wide range of sports, including: High Five Netball, Keystep Gymnastics, Netball, Quadkids Athletics, Quicksticks Hockey, Stoolball, Street 20 Cricket, Super 6 Athletics, Super Sixes Golf and Tri Golf. They achieved first place in Street 20 Cricket and second place in Super 6 Athletics.

Kirsty Mackay, Team GB Hockey Player – photo by Stephen Lawrence

They were joined by GB Hockey player Kirsty Mackay, special guest star, who delivered some inspiring words during the opening ceremony: “I started out playing hockey at a very young age and due to my determination and motivation to succeed, I was the youngest goalkeeper to be selected for Team GB.

There are some fantastic young people here today and I encourage you to go out and take every opportunity that comes to you! All you can do is your best, so just be the best that you can be today – drive your teammates and enjoy today’s games!”

Second place in Super 6 Athletics, Oriel High School – photo by Stephen Lawrence

Consisting of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county level and at the Finals, the School Games is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England & the Youth Sport Trust and sponsored by Active Sussex Corporate partners.

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Active Sussex Corporate Partner, Freedom Leisure said: “We are extremely proud to be involved in this wonderful event and to have jointly hosted this year’s games at K2 along with our partner Crawley Borough Council.” The Sussex Games are delivered by a Local Organising Committee (LoC), consisting of Active Sussex, the Sussex School PE & Sport Network, National Governing Bodies, local authorities, leisure providers and head teachers. The Sussex event is one of more than 60 regional School Games festivals that are taking place across the country this summer, encouraging more young people to participate in competitive school sport.

Sussex School Games 2017 winners – Southern area – photo by Stephen Lawrence

Results − top three final standings:

1. Southern

2. Mid Sussex

3. Central

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Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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