Today Sport Cardiff launched its Cardiff Games calendar of events for the 2018-19 academic year at its annual Schools Breakfast briefing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Teachers from schools across Cardiff were provided with a plethora of opportunities to enhance the access to sport for their pupils.
Sport Cardiff are actively promoting the Cardiff Games scheme sponsored by PE Direct and operated in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff Council and Cardiff University which aims to inspire and empower young people to compete, enjoy and develop their confidence through sport. There are two leagues to the Cardiff Games (Primary and Secondary) which cater for individuals from year 2 through to year 11. The Cardiff Games now encompasses secondary schools in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Pupils are afforded the opportunity to compete and participate in a range of sporting competitions and events throughout the year; these include non-traditional sports such as Skiing, Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Weightlifting (added this year) alongside more traditional sports such as Football, Netball, Basketball and Cricket.
The Cardiff Games were created as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, after successfully winning the bid for the Olympic Games in 2005 a promise was made to use the power of the Games to inspire millions of young people. More recently, Sport Cardiff have developed the games to host 84 days of competition, growing from 16 competitions at it's inception in 2013.
In 2017/8 Llanishen Fach Primary (Primary) Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf (Secondary) were crowned winners from the 123 schools from Cardiff.
The Cardiff Games also delivers an inclusive programme as part of the calendar, which is available to all Special schools and SEN units across the City.
The long-term goal for the Cardiff Games coordinator Dawn Mitchell-Williams is to engage every school in Cardiff, given pupils the chance to participate in one of the Cardiff Games events whilst developing the confidence and skill of each individual. Sport Cardiff have also recruited a Cardiff Met student to assist with the project for 2018-19.