Nottinghamshire is No 1 for School Games in the Country
Maria Millar the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport presented Rob Cook ,Youth Sport Manager from Sport Nottinghamshire with a National Award at yesterday’s School Sport Conference in Kettering. She was accompanied by Mike Diaper Director of Youth and Communities from Sport England and John Steele Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust.
The 500 delegates who attended the event applauded as Nottinghamshire was singled out as the County (1 of 49) which had achieved ‘The most outstanding engagement in competition’ award for its delivery of the 2012 School Games.
Youth Sport Trust Sport Director Ali Oliver who announced the award informed delegates that Nottinghamshire had been chosen for the award in recognition of excellent partnership working, to plan and stage hugely successful School Games Festivals for 1600 young people in Nottinghamshire across a wide variety of different sports. The Nottinghamshire organising committee was also commended for involving young people in the planning, managing and organising of the School Games Festival and their excellent work to build connections into community sport for young sports people and volunteers.
Rob Cook, Youth Sport Manager at Sport Nottinghamshire said:
“It is fantastic for our Local Organising Committee and School Games Organisers, supported by Sport Nottinghamshire, to be recognised for their substantial efforts in developing outstanding School Games Festivals. We’d also like to thank all of our partners for their contribution in winning this award.”
Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the dedicated members of the Nottinghamshire Local Organising Committee. Not only did they create two inspirational festivals of sport for hundreds of young people but they have also led the way in putting young people at the heart of planning and delivering the event. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Ellis Guilford School was also recognised at the event by being presented with an award for the most ‘Outstanding Inter School Competition’ for the Midlands region.
The 2012 Nottinghamshire School Games attracted over 1600 children from 83 schools across Nottinghamshire and was attended by more than 30 local dignitaries including Mayors, Service Directors and several Team GB athletes.
The 2013 School Games for Nottinghamshire will take place on 14th Feb and 5th July, and to help us retain our No 1 status we’d like to encourage any potential sponsors to get in touch.
Pictured L to R are John Steele, Tracey Lamb (Young Ambassador), Rob Cook, Maria Millar