Next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games Festival in Lincolnshire is set to build on the huge success of previous years thanks to £45,000 of National Lottery funding.
The local organising committee for Lincolnshire has been awarded the funding from Sport England to deliver the School Games festival, alongside Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, next year.
It will be the culmination of year-round competitions within schools and between schools, with the most talented athletes progressing to compete across more than 30 sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, hockey, volleyball and badminton.
Amy Story, school games project officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals offer young people a fantastic opportunity to take part and compete across a range of sports against their peers.
"The funding for these festivals will help make the events an exciting and inspiring occasion for those taking part.”
Sport England’s strategic lead – youth, Suzanne Glavin, said: “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."
There are 46 Local Organising Committees (LOCs) across England which are responsible for organising and delivering the festivals.
Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, said: “The School Games competition is giving young people of all abilities the chance to get involved and play a variety of sports.
"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.”