On Thursday, 30th November St Mary’s hosted the local heat of the London Youth Games Sportshall Athletics competition. Coordinated by the Croydon School Sports Partnership, teams from six local primary schools took part in the closely contested competition. Well done to our Year 10 Sports Leaders who officiated throughout the event, ensuring that it ran smoothly and our visitors had a great time.
The London Youth Games encourages students to take part in the sports both as competitors and Sports Leaders. Our Year 10 students will continue their training towards further participation in various events later in the academic year.
We were delighted that local schools were able to make full use of our Sports Hall facilities for the Sportshall Athletics competition with pupils taking part in various skills events as well as relay obstacle races. Congratulations to the pupils and staff from Heavers Farm Primary School and Selsdon Primary School who go through to Borough finals; and well done to the Fairchildes Primary Academy, Christchurch CofE Primary School, Robert Fitzroy Primary Academy and The Crescent Primary School for taking part in the event.
Starting in 1977, the London Youth Games is the largest youth sports event in Europe, with over 125,000 students participating throughout the year in 30 different sports and games - culminating each summer in the finals at Crystal Palace. With over 2000 volunteers supporting the various events, it is a fantastic opportunity for students, in their role as Sports Leaders, to help organise and officiate at the various heats throughout the year, providing them with invaluable life-skills for the future.
Olympic 400m Athlete and former St Mary’s student, Donna Fraser, also took part in the London Youth Games representing Croydon in the finals at Crystal Palace.
To view a gallery of images from the Sportshall Athletics event, click on the image below: