Video: Norfolk youngsters bid for glory at school Olympics

The Winter School Games takes place at the Sportspark where swimming, hockey, table tennis and sport

The Winter School Games takes place at the Sportspark where swimming, hockey, table tennis and sports hall athletics made up the final day of the event and gave a chance for participants to meet Paralympic silver medallist Mel Clarke.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Sporting stars of the future will be battling it out for honours as they prove they are the best in the county.

Throughout next week, some 2,500 children from schools right across the county will be throwing, jumping, catching, fishing and running for glory as part of the Norfolk School Games.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Winter School Games earlier this year, the Summer Games looks set to be Norfolk's biggest school sports competition.

All of the action will kick off on Monday when dozens of pupils, aged 11 to 13, arrive at the UEA Sportspark to compete in handball and volleyball competitions.

Youngsters with disabilities will also be in action, competing in wheelchair basketball, athletics and table tennis. Over the course of the week, pupils will be taking part in 23 different sports.

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School Games organiser Stephen Hulme said: 'We are very excited about what will be the biggest week of school sport in Norfolk for a long time. Building on the success of the Winter Games, which saw 2,000 kids take part, the aim is to offer high quality, competitive opportunities for young people in Norfolk and ensuring that they have a positive experience of sport while they are at school and for them to go on and enjoy sport for the rest of their lives.'

The Sainbury's-sponsored School Games is organised locally by Active Norfolk, Norfolk School Sport Partnerships and sponsors UEA Sportspark.

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All participants will be representing their School Sport Partnership, of which there are eight across the county: Breckland, West Norfolk, East Norfolk, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Norwich, Norwich East and Norwich West and Dereham.

Joe Dixon, School Games organiser for the West Norfolk SSP, champions of the Winter Games, said: 'We are absolutely raring to go. We've got a good strong team again and it should be a good week.'

You can follow the School Games on Twitter @NorfolkSchGames

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