School kids battle it out at sports festival

Hundreds of primary school children across Birmingham will go head to head at this week’s School Games festival.

More than 300 youngsters from across the city will compete against each other in five sporting disciplines at the Sainsbury’s School Games event.

The event is taking place at the Futsal Arena in Birmingham, tomorrow -Thursday 25th April.

Tom McIntosh, interim director of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership (BSPAP) said he was looking forward to the Primary School Games.

He said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games festival provides youngsters with a fantastic opportunity to take part in competitive sport from a young age.

At Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership we have seen first hand the benefits of sport among young people.

We hope more schools and parents recognise the important role physical education and sport plays in the development of a child.

The Sainbury’s School Games is the perfect platform for pupils from schools across the city to come together to celebrate and compete in sport in a friendly and welcoming environment.”

The school children, aged between seven and 11 will come together to compete in a variety of sports competitions.

Helen James, headteacher at James Watt Primary School (part of the Kind Edward Aston Partnership), in Handsworth, said:

 “We are really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games event on Thursday.

The event provides an opportunity for young people to take part in sport and physical activity throughout the year, in preparation for it. 

Being healthy and fit at a young age not only has enormous physical and sociological benefits but equally enables youngsters to perform better in the classroom.”

The event kicks off at the Futsal Arena at 10am.


Notes to editors:

Birmingham School Games

The Birmingham School Games is part of the wider School Games National Programme funded by Sport England and sponsored by Sainsbury’s.

The Sainsbury’s School Games forms part of the Coalition Government’s school sport priorities; aiming to build on the excitement and the energy of the London 2012 Games to inspire and motivate young people to take part in, and enjoy, competitive school sport - whatever their ability or background.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event.

-       Level 1: sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition.

-       Level 2: individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions

-       Level 3 – the county/area will stage multi-sport School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition

-       Level 4 – the School Games finals: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in our sporting venues.

Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership:

BSPAP is funded by Sport England to deliver sport and physical activity across the city of Birmingham.

The Partnership works closely with a wide range of partners across Birmingham that makes a strong contribution towards sport and physical activity in Birmingham.

The Partnership increases sport and physical activity opportunities to people of all age ranges, with a focus on 11 – 25 year olds.


Date: Thursday April 25

Start: 10am (sports competitions start at 10.40am and finish at 3pm)

At: Futsal Arena, Birmingham

Photograph opportunity: 1.30 – 2.50pm


Donna Roddy, Citydesk Sport, on behalf of Birmingham School Games.

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