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Crawley Schoolchildren excel at Sussex School Games

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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

For further information about the Sussex School Games, please visit: www.sussexschoolgames.org

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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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