Softball proves popular sport for School Games 2012
Tue 8 May 2012
Softball is proving to be a popular choice for the 2012 School Games,
the new government initiative to encourage pupils to participate in competitive school sport. So far, six county areas are planning to include include softball as part of their Level 3 county competition programme that will take place during the summer of 2012.
County choices mean that students from secondary schools in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Cumbria, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will all be testing their softball skills this summer.
Motivate and inspire
The School Games have been conceived by the government as a great opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a National Finals event.
Level 1 = Sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition.
Level 2 = Individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions.
Level 3 = The county/area will stage multi-sport School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition.
Level 4 = The Sainsbury's School Games Finals: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in well-known sporting venues including the Olympic Park. But Level 4 is a stand-alone event, not an extension of Level 3 competition.
BaseballSoftballUK has recently developed resources for Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the School Games programme to ensure that an appropriate and engaging competitive programme is offered to participating students right across England.
The key aim of the School Games programme is to increase the number of school children playing in competitive school games, and softball is a perfect opportunity for all types of students to represent their schools in a new and engaging sport.
At a local level, the School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, County Sports Partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees are being set up, chaired by Head Teachers, to oversee the county festivals.