Date: 13/10/2008 Category: Events
Hempstead Junior School is celebrating victory in the second Mini Youth Games tournament of the year. More than 200 children from 21 Medway primary schools braved wind, rain and even hailstones to compete in the hockey competition on Wednesday, 1 October at Holcombe Hockey Club. And after a day of hard-fought competition that saw each school play 10 matches, it was the team from Hempstead that emerged victorious. The tournament runners-up were Featherby Junior School, Gilllingham, and Miers Court Primary School, Rainham, while the best-placed small school award went to Deanwood Primary Education Technology School, Rainham. A major focus of all Medway Messenger Mini Youth Games events is on participation and sportsmanship, and the team from Allhallows Primary School, Rochester, were presented with the fair play award. Medway Council Sports Development Officer John Hatchett said: “There was a very friendly atmosphere and schools participated in a co-operative spirit of competition. “It is crucial that young people are introduced to sport in a friendly, positive environment and that they are encouraged to accept victory and defeat with equal grace.” The Medway Messenger Mini Youth Games (MYG) is a multi-sport programme of events run through the school year for all Medway primary schools. It forms part of the Medway Games series and is organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team with the support of national governing bodies, local sports clubs and leisure facilities. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title. Wednesday’s event was supported by staff and volunteers from Holcombe Hockey Club, Anchorian’s Hockey Club, Greenacre School Sports Partnership and Howard School Sports Partnership. The next Mini Youth Games is the Mini Netball tournament on Thursday, 16 October at the purpose-built netball centre at Rainham School for Girls. If you are interested in joining a local hockey club, getting involved in the sport or finding out more about Mini Youth Games, visit the sports development pages at www.medway.gov.uk/london2012. For more information on getting involved with the Mini Youth Games programme contact Tina Martin Sports Development Team Medway Council on 01634 338761.