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The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals that take place in counties across the country are set to grow dramatically in 2014 due to a £2.5 million cash injection from Sport England.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals are multi-sport community celebrations designed to mark the culmination of year-round competitions within schools and between schools.
The most talented athletes at the festivals progress through to the Sainsbury’s School Games Finals which is a national event that sees the youngster compete across more than 30 sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, hockey, volleyball and badminton.
Thanks to the 2.5 million additional funding, the 2014 festivals will be bigger than ever before with an expected 150 festivals, 175,000 students – including 17,000 students with a disability - and 25,000 volunteers.
The festivals will come ahead of the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games Finals which will be held in Manchester for the first time.
"The School Games competition is giving young people of all abilities the chance to get involved and play a variety of sports,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
"This National Lottery funding from Sport England going to the Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals will mean that next year’s festivals will be bigger and better than previous years and inspire more young people to get involved.”
The festivals are made possible by 46 Local Organsing Committees (LOCs) across England and each one will now receive a share of the £2.5 million funding to stage their own events.
The LOCs are made up of representatives from local schools, county sports partnerships, young people, and national and local sports providers.
They are supported by the Youth Sport Trust, who have been commissioned by Sport England to develop and deliver various elements of the School Games until 2015.
"The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals play a critical role in inspiring a generation of youngsters to play sport by providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive school sport,” said Sport England’s Strategic Lead on Youth, Suzanne Glavin.
"We are delighted to award this funding to the Local Organsing Committees and would like to thank them for the work they do in making these events happen.”
The Sainsbury’s School Games is a four level competition for school children in England that consist of intra-school events, inter-school events, county festival events and a national finals.
Over £128 million of National Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the event until 2015 form bodies that include Sport England and the Department of Health.
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