This year is the fifth edition of the Kent School Games which has run every other year since 2008. When completed in July, the 2015-16 Finals that have been running since October, will have seen more than 7,000 young people aged between 4 and 18 compete across 24 days and 30 different sporting activities.
Ashford district currently leads the overall medal table with 10 golds but Maidstone and Mid Kent are close behind with 9 and both are tied on 28 medals overall. With plenty more chances to improve their tallies this month we’re looking forward to seeing which district will finish as our 2016 Champions.
The largest multi-sport event day will take place on Thursday 30th June at University of Kent, Canterbury. More than 1,400 Kent students from primary, secondary and special needs schools will take part in a range of sports including infant agility, sportshall athletics, tag rugby, netball, basketball, cheerleading, Change 4 Life and American football.
In support of those competing there will be 100 young volunteers assisting with media, VIPs and the sports themselves as well as taking on roles such as Event Ranger and even Mascot duty!
Medway Park hosted the Winter Finals in February, where children from 88 schools competed in indoor rowing, basketball, handball, sportshall athletics and badminton over five days.
The indoor rowers and basketballers enjoyed a visit from former Olympic and World Champion Zac Purchase. With one school short on numbers, he was even persuaded to come out of retirement to take part in the rowing relays.
Zac, who won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and silver in London 2012, was able to offer words of encouragement to the aspiring competitors before the action began and pose for photos with the medallists.
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