More than 4,000 primary school pupils have been given the opportunity to play a variety of sports in an inter-school competition thanks to Medway Sport.
The Mini Youth Games gives thousands of primary school children across Medway the chance to take part in the competition across 10 different sports including swimming, football and tag rugby.
The series is organised by Medway Council’s Sport team and is supported by a number of leading Medway sports clubs and national governing bodies.
Pupils for St Mary’s Island Primary School were crowned 2018/2019 champions after clinching the title in the final event of the series – athletics at Medway Park in Gillingham last week. The school won a hat-trick of victories throughout the competition.
After 10 events, just five points separated them from series runners up Warren Wood Primary Academy who finished with a total of 429 points compared to St Mary’s Island’s 436. Academy of Woodlands finished close behind with 390 points.
The schools were presented with their winners’ trophy at a special presentation hosted by Mini Youth Games sponsors SOAR Trampoline Park on Friday, 28 June.
Anthony Holmes, PE teacher at St Mary’s Island, said: “A huge thank you to Medway Sport for their hard work organising the series with record numbers of schools. The set up that we have for sport in Medway is phenomenal and it’s really good to be able to give the kids the chance to compete in 10 different sports across the year.
“The series creates a great buzz in the school with everyone wanting to take part, which enables us to choose children from well-attended trials. We are incredibly proud to have sustained our position at the top of the leaderboard, especially when the competition from other schools was so fierce.”
Trophies were also presented to the top three schools in the Fair Play competition. New Horizon Children’s Academy had already secured the top spot with an event to spare and finished on an impressive 460 points. Just one point then separated Fair Play runners up Horsted Junior School and joint third placed Luton Junior School and Hilltop Primary Academy.
St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School also went home with the Participation Trophy for involving more individual pupils than any other school across the 10 competitions during the year.
It's a a fantastic programme
Cressida Thompson, owner of SOAR, said: “We have been proud to sponsor the Mini Youth Games in its 20th anniversary season and have enjoyed watching all of the events through the year, and hosting the end-of-season presentation. It’s a fantastic programme, and congratulations to all of the schools who have taken part.”
Encouraging children to become more active and have fun
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The Mini Youth Games are a great way to encourage children to become more active and have fun. Congratulations to everyone who took part and we are looking forward to next year’s games.”