The iconic Stoke Mandeville Stadium played host to over 1,000 children on Thursday (5th July) as they competed for medals in the 6th Bucks and Milton Keynes School Games.
Dozens of schools from all over the county – from Wycombe to South Bucks, to Chiltern, Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes – took part in an Olympic style festival of sport.
In all, more than 90 schools were represented. Stoke Mandeville Stadium was the main venue, but competitions took place across four other sites in Aylesbury as well. There were 15 different sports, from athletics to swimming, rounders, table tennis and cycling.
The event was organised by Leap, the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks and MK, in partnership with the School Games Organisers.
The day began with a spectacular opening ceremony, featuring dance performances from Marsh Gibbon school, freestyle football performer Colin Nell and an acapella rendition of the national anthem sung by Ellis Restall from Oakgrove School.
Elite athlete Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Clark MBE gave an inspirational address to the 1,000 plus young competitors. As 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, and the most capped woman of all time in international rugby, Rocky was well placed to inspire the young people to achieve their best on the day.
The opening ceremony finished with the annual mascot race, where eight mascots from the school games areas across Bucks & MK raced against each other to kick off the competition.
After a tightly fought battle, the mascot from Buckingham school sport partnership, ‘Buzzby the Bee’ was first past the line.
After the opening ceremony the young competitors took part in sports across five venues in Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury Tennis and Squash Centre, Aylesbury Rugby Club, Meadowcroft and Aylesbury High School.