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Sainsbury's UK School Games - Disability Sports

  • Date: 2011/09/01 Sainsbury UK School Games
  • Synopsis : This years Sainsbury UK School Games hosted by Sheffield will see a number of disability sport demonstration events in judo cycling and sitting volleyball.

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This year's Games, hosted by Sheffield over four days from 1st September, will also see a number of disability sport demonstration events in judo (visually impaired), cycling (visually impaired), and sitting volleyball.

The 2011 Sainsbury's UK School Games will be the most inclusive ever. The event will see 1,600 of the UK's elite school aged athletes compete across 12 sports, five of which have a disability element incorporated for the 100 disabled athletes taking part, including Wheelchair Basketball, a new sport for this year.

The Sainsbury's UK School Games program now includes cycling, athletics, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball with disability events in swimming, athletics and table tennis which are contested by disabled and non-disabled young athletes.

The Games, which began in 2006 and are run by the Youth Sport Trust, will showcase 1,600 of the UK's most talented young athletes. Sainsbury's is the headline sponsor for the second year in a row.

The UK School Games has been funded since 2008 with a £6million grant from Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Through £750,000 of additional National Lottery funding provided this year by Sport England, two new sports - wheelchair basketball and rugby sevens - will be included in the 2011 Sainsbury's UK School Games. Wheelchair Basketball is the first sport to be included purely for disabled athletes.

This year's Games, hosted by Sheffield over four days from 1st September, will also see a number of disability sport demonstration events in judo (visually impaired), cycling (visually impaired), and sitting volleyball.

Ellie Simmonds MBE, Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games gold medalist, who is also the face of the Sainsbury's Active Kids scheme, said: "Sport is something that everyone can enjoy, no matter what their ability. It fosters the competitive spirit, teaches team work and builds confidence among kids.

"The UK School Games was among the first national competitions that I took part in and I am sure that many of the top sports people of the future will be competing in Sheffield in this year's games."

Jat Sahota, Sainsbury's head of sponsorship, said "This is the second year Sainsbury's has sponsored the games and we are really pleased to see a more inclusive program of events included in the Games this year.

"We launched our Active Kids scheme seven years ago in order to help ensure that as many children as possible are involved in activities and sport, and that's why we are so proud to sponsor the UK School Games."

Sainsbury's support for the Games reflects the retailer's passion for supporting local communities. With Active Kids and Sport Relief, Sainsbury's colleagues and customers have helped to really make a difference to the lives of school children, and people in need. The Active Kids scheme has donated over £100m worth of activities and equipment to schools since it launched in 2005.

SportVenue
AthleticsDon Valley Stadium
BadmintonEnglish Institute of Sport - Sheffield
JudoiceSheffield
CyclingWharncliffe and Wheata Woods
GymnasticsiceSheffield
HockeyAbbeydale Sports Ground
VolleyballEnglish Institute of Sport - Sheffield
SwimmingPonds Forge International Sports Center
FencingEnglish Institute of Sport - Sheffield
Table TennisPonds Forge International Sports Center
Wheelchair BasketballMotorpoint Arena
Rugby SevensAbbeydale Sports Ground

About Sainsbury's sponsorship -Sainsbury's launched Active Kids in February 2005, in response to growing concerns around children's activity and obesity levels.

We are committed to promoting a healthier, active lifestyle for all, regardless of age or ability. Our sponsorship of the UK School Games forms part of the Active Kids scheme. In addition to our sponsorship of the UK School Games, we have achieved the following through the Active Kids voucher scheme:

Donated over £100 million pounds worth of equipment and experiences since 2005 to organizations including: nurseries, schools, Scout and Guide groups and sports clubs

40,000 organizations have registered to the scheme

Sheffield specific stats:

Since 2005, when the scheme launched, £528,506 worth of equipment and experiences from the Active Kids scheme was donated to 279 organizations across the Sheffield LEA

For more details about Sainsbury's UK School Games, visit www.ukschoolgames.com

About the Youth Sport Trust -The Youth Sport Trust is the UK's leading children's sport charity, established in 1994 to build a brighter future for young people through PE and sport. Their mission is to improve both the quantity and quality of PE in schools and to inspire and engage all young people in sporting activity - whether it is to lead, coach, compete, play or volunteer. Find out more by visiting www.youthsporttrust.org

About Legacy Trust UK -Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and which will leave a lasting legacy in communities throughout the UK. The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m), and is a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. Visit www.legacytrustuk.org for more details.

About Sport England -Sport England is focused on the delivery of a mass participation legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We invest National Lottery and Exchequer funding in organizations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. Find out more by visiting www.sportengland.org

About Sheffield City Council -Sheffield City Council's Major Sports Events Unit have attracted this event to the City working with other major partners to attract national and international events to the city - on average more than 40 each year. Sheffield is committed to hosting a full program of sports events throughout the year and it is the sheer number and diversity of events that underpins Sheffield as an events capital. The City's program enhances Sheffield's image on the national and international stage, in addition to providing huge economic benefit to the city - www.sheffield.gov.uk or www.sheffield-lightingtheflame.com

About Sheffield International Venues (SIV) -Sheffield International Venues (SIV) is the operating arm of Sheffield City Trust (SCT), a charitable limited company.

SIV operates one of the largest concentrations of diverse elite and community sports and entertainment venues in Europe including Sheffield City Hall, Ponds Forge International Sports Center, FIA Club of the Year the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), and the FIA UK Center of the Year Concord Sports Center.

With a portfolio of 15 venues, across two counties and four million customers annually, SIV has an international reputation for managing complex elite sporting and entertainment environments, championing community participation and sport development.

Its award winning health and fitness membership Fitness Unlimited has helped to improve the health of more than 100,000 people in Sheffield since launching in January 2000.

SIV hosts more than 2,000 events every year, with recent highlights including global rock stars U2 at Don Valley Stadium for a unique concert watched by 50,000 spectators, the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year and the English Open Table Tennis Championships, broadcast to 70m viewers worldwide

SIV gained four 'excellent' ratings in the national Quest quality accreditation scheme. Only 46 facilities nationwide achieved this rating. EISS secured the second highest score in the country.

SIV won the NHS Sheffield Healthy Business Award and Excellence in Sports Services Award at the 2010 Sheffield Business Awards.

About University of Sheffield -The University of Sheffield is one of the top 100 universities in the world. Our students recently voted us the best university in the UK for our Students' Union, as well as joint first for social life, library facilities and accommodation (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2011). In this survey, the University of Sheffield was voted as the university most people would recommend to a friend.

When you study for a degree at Sheffield you combine learning from world-class academic leaders with this outstanding student experience. You are part of a welcoming, down-to-earth community and you develop skills which enable you to go on to a career with impact.

Our students run over 300 Students' Union societies and around 50 sports clubs many of which use the University's own sports facilities. Our Elite Sports Scholarship Program provides support for talented sports people wanting to pursue their sporting ambitions during their degree studies.

Find out more about studying at the University of Sheffield at www.sheffield.ac.uk

About Sheffield Hallam University -Sheffield Hallam University is a world-leader in the business of sport and in providing top quality sport education for the highest number of sports-related students in the UK.

The University offer students a unique opportunity to be at the heart of the action at major world sporting events, as members of the volunteer team that make these events come alive. Sheffield Hallam is the only university to have had agreements with the organizing committees of the Beijing Olympics, the Delhi Commonwealth Games and London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The University has worked with various British Olympic teams in three Olympic Games, leading to 22 medal wins - five medals in sailing in Sydney 2000, 11 medals in sailing, cycling, diving and boxing in Athens 2004 and six medals in sailing in Beijing 2008.

Regionally, the University is developing partnerships with all of the professional sport clubs to provide placements and volunteering opportunities across all aspects of their business.

As well as sport education, consultation and training, Sheffield Hallam produces unique, world-class sports research thanks to its Center for Sports and Exercise Science, Sport Industry Research Center and the Center for Sports Engineering Research. The University's researchers have worked with World Cup referee Howard Webb, downhill mountain-biker Steve Peat, bobsleigh driver Nicola Minichiello, heavyweight boxer David Howe, snooker player Ding Junhui, Sheffield United FC, golfer Danny Willett, Rotherham Titans, Women's GB Ice Hockey, GB Boxing, GB Swimming, GB Volleyball, GB Cycling, GB Diving, British Gymnastics, British Bob Skeleton Association, Doncaster Belles and English Table Tennis, among others.

The University has an exclusive agreement with the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), giving Sheffield Hallam a 'virtual campus' at EISS, with teaching and learning space at the site and facilities for academic members of staff. And Sport England has recently allocated £273,734 from its £10 million Active Universities program to get more Sheffield Hallam students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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