Rizzle Kicks will open this year’s Greater Manchester School Games that will showcase Manchester’s sporting pedigree.
The chart topping duo from North London will officially open the sporting festival that will see an estimated 2,000 athletes compete in a number of competitions utilising some of the city’s best sporting facilities.
The games aim to reflect the traditions of the Cultural Olympiad and begin with the star studded Opening Ceremony at the Regional Athletics Centre, involving a variety of dance, music and artistic performances including the winners of a school band competition and Rizzle Kicks.
Following the success of the pilot event last year, the games will be split into two multi sport events – the Winter and Summer Games.
The Winter Games will include 20 competitions across a range of sports including Athletics, Boccia, Gymnastics, Hockey, New Age Kurling, Rowing, Rugby Union, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.
Key 103 will once again be supporting the School Games and are setting up a School Games Radio, a dedicated web-radio through which schools, teachers and parents can listen to commentary and reports throughout the day.
The station will also be running a young reporters competition which will enable ten young, budding sport journalists to be trained by Key103 in the build-up to the event and the lucky ten will then be deployed across all sites on the day to provide a unique insight into the event from the eyes of young people and report on the School Games radio.
The Greater Manchester School Games aims to further revive the culture of competitive sport in schools and is a key part of the Government’s plans for a lasting sporting legacy from London 2012.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, is hoping the games will inspire young people to participate in sport and that Manchester can further enhance its reputation.
"In Manchester we are very proud of our reputation for hosting major sports events, and the School Games a great example of how we are able to co-operate with partners across Greater Manchester to give our schoolchildren a day to remember,” he said.
“I am sure that the Games will give all participants some extra inspiration to become involved in sport and physical activity on a regular basis, and there is no better time to do this with the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games just around the corner."
Julie Hazeldine, Chair of the local organising committee and head teacher of Flixton Girls School and specialist Sports College said: “With the Olympics just around the corner there is a real excitement around sport and maybe for some of the young athletes taking part this will inspire them on their own Olympic journey.”
This exciting new concept is designed to motivate and enthuse more young people than ever before to participate in high quality, meaningful competition within and across schools, supporting them in achieving their own personal best in sport and in life.
The event is being managed by the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership however the bulk of the workforce will be made up of young leaders and volunteers.
Over 200 ‘School Games Crew’ members have been recruited and will be deployed in a variety of roles such as officials, site managers and sports reporters.