What Other People Say About Us


All of the children had a wonderful time and it was such a great opportunity for them to compete against other teams. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your crew for such a fantastic, fun filled and informative day, all your hard work was very much appreciated.

Sam McGowan and Brendan McCullagh boys coaches. – Jersey


Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of the Sportshall event yesterday.  Making things run so smoothly takes a huge amount of work.

Paula Allbut – Team Manager, Jersey   


Thanks again for yesterday, all of the children really enjoyed it, & I have already received many e-mails from parents to say that their children & they loved it & were very impressed by the organisation.

Laura White – Team Manager, Surrey


Many thanks for a really organised and enjoyable day, my daughter loved the whole event.

A parent from the Torbay event


Many, many thanks for yet another fantastic day at Burgess Hill. I have lost count of how many years I have been bringing teams but it is a testament to your organisation that it is still my favourite day of the year. I really enjoyed seeing the boys and girls competing together across the range of events that form the Sportshall competitions. Well done and keep up the amazing work – long may it continue.

Peter Stennet, Kent under 11’s team manager


Well done and a very big thank you for yet another great afternoon of Sportshall Athletics is the only way in which I can summarise the comments from the Berkshire team. The “slickness”, “keeping to the timetable” and “general level of organisation” have been praised by everyone.

Conrad Rowland, Berkshire under 11’s team manager


Thanks for another brilliant Sportshall competition.

Janet Duffin, Kent team manager


I think we did brilliant especially in the field events. Everyone in our team tried really hard and lots of the team achieved their personal bests in events. I really enjoyed the vertical jump and found the 4 x 1 the hardest.

Thomas Christie, Year 6


I am absolutely delighted with the children’s performance today. I thought they could achieve as they have been working so hard with a particular focus on the field events.

Teacher Mrs Rowland


What a fantastic day. The buzz and excitement around the whole event was amazing. All credit to the athletes involved – when they were performing they really pushed themselves to succeed, and when they were not taking part they were raising the roof with the noise they were making for their team mates.

Gareth Short, School Games Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.


This really was a fantastic event and I am extremely proud to have been able to host these Kent School Games finals here in Ashford. To see so many children competing with such enthusiasm and passion was a testament to the athletes themselves, their schools and the Kent School Games concept. It was also fabulous to welcome Kelly who is such a great role model for aspiring athletes in the county.

Emma Wood, chief executive of Ashford Leisure Trust


There was great team support throughout the whole day and the atmosphere inside was electric.  …

We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

Hillingdon AC


“This competition has been a great project for our new sports leadership group at Desborough to get their teeth into. It’s always a fun packed afternoon, and as it’s a team event every performance counts. All the children love being involved in the competition.”

Organiser Nick Bielby, Desborough’s School Sports Coordinator


“The Athletic Sportshall Challenge epitomises what the Games for Scotland programme has been designed to accomplish; inspiring, motivating and engendering pride amongst the people of South Ayrshire around Scotland’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Featuring a range of different athletic activities, the event provided people with the opportunity to sample a range of sports and discover the benefits of an active lifestyle”.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland



This year the SSP and Armada have embarked on a new partnership with UCP Marjon whereby students on a Sports Development and Coaching degree course have been trained in the UKA Academy Sportshall modules for event management and officiating by Lance Chatfield from the SSP and Keith Reed from Armada.  The students have gained a host of new skills and have been given an introduction to the coaching, officiating and event management tools required to run a Sportshall event.


“It is proving to be a fantastic way of bringing together a very established event and training new prospective sports coaches, officials and  administrators of the future in a very ‘hands on’ way. The other major benefit is that the schools will get access to expert coaching from UKA accredited coaches, thus improving the standard of performances and also linking more with the clubs.  We are very grateful to UCP Marjon and, of course, Lance Chatfield from the Plymouth SSP who have devised such a unique partnership where everybody wins.  We hope that this continue for years to come.”

Keith Reed, Armada Network Co-ordinator



“Well done for putting on a successful Sportshall competition, I know our kids really enjoyed it. I thought it ran really well and was well organised. Thanks for the speedy results”.

Kirsty Tydeman, volunteer helper, Basildon



“Just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the most amazing day yesterday. You gave us a great opportunity to put all our training in the Sportshall into practice and 44 Solihull athletes had a great day! (Not to mention the team managers!)

Lynne Moody Team Manager Solihull & Smallheath AC