Norfolk Schools Race

IMG-20130301-00666On Friday 1st March the first of a week long of activities took place as part of the Norfolk Schools Games, organised by Active Norfolk, up at Norfolk Snowsport Centre. There are different sports taking place over the week and it all kicked off with a ski race at the club. Over the past few weeks there have been a set of qualifying events taking place at the club and on Friday the top 72 pupils from local Norwich schools came together for the final race.

As you arrived at the club it was very clear the Norfolk Schools Games is a very well supported, sponsored and very well organised event, the amount of publicity there in terms of banners, flyers, media coverage was excellent and second to none that I have seen at any ski race. Fantastic for grass root skiing and a lot of lessons can be learned from this exercise. There was a Live blog running throughout the day on the EDP website with plenty of people posting comments and pictures up there.

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What was very evident and clear was the amount of fun the kids were having taking part (ok they get the day off school as well Smile) and as a result of the earlier qualifying races several of the competitors have gone on to become members of the club.

IMG-20130301-00681Before the actual racing started there was the usual briefing for the racers and a few speeches from different people. Lots of local dignitaries turned up to the event to watch including the Mayor.

First things first though and to open the proceedings eight local bears made the trip to the slope representing each school taking part and they even had a ski down the slope.

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The day consisted of three runs down the same course with the best two times to count. This was followed by a team dual slalom event to finish of the day. With the exception of a few minutes of drizzle the rain held of all day so we had a good dry race, although it was incredibly windy up at the top of the slope.

The standard of the racers was very good and it would be fantastic if we could get more of them along to the clubs and regional races. The kids clearly had a lot of fun and it was a very relaxed race which ran very smoothly and ahead of schedule. As a sport this is where we should really be focusing our investment, get to the kids at a young age, show them that the slopes can be fun, don’t be too officious, be flexible, make it easy and get people involved.

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There was plenty of media coverage throughout the day with posts going up on the live blog and a film crew spending all day there. More coverage in the Evening News 24. If you are look on Twitter @NorfolkSchGames or search for #NorfolkSchGames.

Well done Norfolk Snowsport Centre for their hard work in organising the event and the volunteers that went along to help. It was a great day, certainly looking forward to the start of the Summer season in ERSA.

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