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12 July 23
Over 500 young people from schools around the county took part in a #MakeActiveMemories event at The Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle this week, as part of the national School Games programme.
The sporting festival was laid on to inspire the next generation of young people to enjoy being active by providing a whole range of fun, outdoor activities and sports, all within an iconic backdrop.
Every school in Northumberland with Key Stage 2 young people was invited to bring up to 10 children to enjoy the day. The schools were asked to choose children who they felt would most benefit from the event including those who have Special Educational Needs and those who aren’t currently involved in any school sports teams.
A diverse range of sports and activities were on offer to promote social, physical and mental wellbeing. These included skipping, teamwork activities, orienteering, boccia and ball games as well as an Eco trail, Dragon’s Quest, and a maze.
The event has been organised by the Northumberland School Games team.
Northumberland County Councillor, Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member for Inspiring Young People said:
"It was fantastic to see young people from every corner of the county join together to enjoy a day of sport and activity. They’ve made friends, built confidence and had great fun and I hope it inspired them to have a more active summer.”
Rebecca Lee-Turner, PE Teacher and School Games Organiser with Active Northumberland added:
“Being active can and should be fun. Everyone taking part got the chance to try different activities that they wouldn’t usually get to do, and to make some great active memories. There were no competitions or winners and the pupils had free reign to explore the grounds and activities in a beautiful, safe and relaxed environment.”
The hashtag #MakeActiveMemories was launched at the event with the school children being encouraged to take and share images of themselves making memories while being active.