Primary School students from around the Canterbury area recently took part in the local Sportshall Athletics heats at Canterbury Academy. Throughout the day, over four hundred and fifty youngsters ran, jumped and threw their way through a variety of events designed to replicate the skills required to progress to Track & Field Athletics.

So what is Sportshall Athletics? The sport’s official website explains it as follows…

Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16. Sportshall is the largest competition within the School Games framework and with an estimated user-base of well over 1 million children, Sportshall has more participants than any other School Sport Competition. The programme focuses on fitness and multi-skill development providing a grounding for all sports. It is totally inclusive, encourages children to get fit and promotes friendship whilst having lots of fun. Additionally, Sportshall promotes a wide range of community benefits as it provides a focus for mums, dads and grandparents to actively come and support their children.  Sportshall also provides a stepping stone into after-schools sporting activity.

Source http://www.sportshall.org/

The level of competition throughout the day was of a very high level with every single competitor trying their best to secure points for their school. However, as is always the case with these inter-school events, it was the atmosphere that stood out for me. Every young athlete competing was a credit to their respective schools with maximum effort and exemplary attitude evident throughout the event.

Results were as follows:

Year 3 and 4                                                           Year 5 and 6

1st Blean 420                                                         1st Bridge 282.52

2nd Bridge 398                                                      2nd Blean 260.96

3rd Barham 392                                                    3rd Canterbury Primary 248.88

4th St Stephens 328                                            4th St Stephens 240.53

5thSheldwich 312                                                5th Sheldwich 224.46

6th Canterbury Primary 302                           6th Chislet 206.9

7th Chartham 290                                                7th Chartham 194.26

8th Wincheap 246                                                8th Wincheap 117.18

9th St Peters 206                                                  9th Parkside 111.2

10th St Johns 152

11th Parkside 92

Congratulate to Blean and Bridge on their success and good luck as both teams go on to represent the Canterbury District in the Kent School Games Finals.

Special mention must go to Darren, from Thanet AC, for running the event as well as all of the Canterbury Academy Sports Leaders, teachers and volunteers who help these events take place. Thank you to Gemma, from the Canterbury Academy Sports Partnership, for organising yet another brilliant event and for inviting me along.

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