Fri 18th May, 2012
More than 150 pupils from eleven schools across Bedfordshire and Luton took part in the Bedfordshire and Luton Schools’ AA Combined Events Championships 2012 held last week at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.
The Championships were organised by sports students and staff from the University of Bedfordshire. Mark Bowler, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education said: “It was a fantastic day. Pupils taking part excelled themselves with many showing real sporting potential for the future. On behalf of the University I’d like to thank everyone who took part.
“What also made the event special is that it was arranged by 60 Bedfordshire students currently studying BA (Hons) in Secondary Physical Education.
“They organised the entire event; measuring and timing the heats, inputting results and making the announcements. Every event needs meticulous planning to make it look seamless and run smoothly. They certainly rose to the challenge to ensure the day ran without a hitch.”
Unlike other championships, some pupils representing their school only get a chance to compete in an individual event but these games required they compete in five events, challenging their abilities far more. Events pupils competed in were hurdles, 800m, 1500m, long jump, high jump, shot putt, javelin and discus.
The event is also a stepping stone to representing the County at the Eastern Schools Combined Events Championships, progressing to the English Schools Combined Games later this year. In past years, Bedfordshire schools competitors have gone on to represent England, and, GB and NI Athletics at junior level.
Mark added: “The championships are motivational as well as competitive and we hope young people will continue their athletic experience by joining a local club which also helps improve their health and fitness, as well as teaching them about discipline, hard work, team spirit and giving them new skills.”
First prizes were awarded to the following schools:
Individual pupils who excelled overall on the day:
The University works closely with a network of sports agencies, both at national and local level.