As we come into a brand new academic year I would firstly like to thank each and every school and teachers that attended a Level 2 and 3 competition last year. The Kent School Games were a huge success and the biggest Kent School Games ever. As always it was a pleasure to see so many children enjoying sport and the competition it brings.
This year, together we have: Ran 19 Level 2 Competitions, allowed 890 young people to comepete, had represetaion from 280 children at county level, seen 125 leaders from DGGS, DBGS, Astor, DCCA, and CCC volunteer and manage primary teams and events, seen the launch of 8 Change 4 Life clubs, 4 schools achieve Kitemark, the implemtation of 5 year 4/5/6 Sport Orgainsing Crews, and countless amounts of priceless moments-none of this could have been possible without the support and dedication from each or you so Thank You :) As we enter 2014/15 the games will be an East and West Kent split with Dover District competing to be the representative at the East Kent Finals which are taking place on 23rd June 2015 at Three Hills Sports Park, Folkestone. Many of you as teachers, and myself as an SGO find ourselves at the forefront of the continued effort to provide sporting opportunities for the young people within the Dover district. We must remin ourselves that when medallists at London 2012 were recounting their first sporting experiences, many mentioned school clubs and teachers who were pivotal in helping them take their first steps on the road to glory. The importance of school sport should never be underestimated and throughout the years ahead, together we can continue to motivate and enthuse potential sporting stars.
This academic year will see as many, if not more sporting competitions and festivals on offer as last year and as ever I urge you to enter as many events as you can. These events can be the first time a child has tried a new sport, and with the excellent school club links we have in the area, there are often further opportunities for pupils to experience a new activity in extra curricular hours.
I am looking forward to another successful year ahead and hope to see you all somewhere along the way. This is a massive opportunity for School Sport in this country and together we should grasp it firmly with both hands.
Ruth McDade – School Games Organiser