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  1. UK Final 2019

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    Under 13’s 2019 Sportshall UK Final Reports – Saturday 13th April


    Norfolk and Surrey take girls and boys titles.


    The Under 13 athletes arrived at the Regional Athletics Arena in Manchester from across the UK having qualified as winners of their respective regional finals. Cheshire (boys) and Leicestershire (girls) also qualified as the closest runners up.

     After the traditional parade of athletes and welcome from George Bunner, the creator of Sportshall Athletics, the young athletes were treated to a Q&A with local athlete Abi Pawlett (Stockport) the new Under 17’s British Record Holder in the Indoor Combined Events Pentathlon. Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove) the Sportshall Under 15 Girls All Rounder Champion (2016) who recently medalled in the Indoor European championships also kindly sent up a video message for those young athletes present.

    After the inspirational opening ceremony the action was underway. As has become a staple part to Sportshall UK Championship competitions the first races of the day were the Obstacle relays which were as exciting as ever seeing Norfolk earn maximum points after the girls time trials with Surrey running the fastest time in the boys competition.  More competitive races followed on the track where the athletes fought hard to score points for their teams.

     In the girls competition Annabel Ammadin of Greater Manchester (Sale Harriers) used her home advantage to improve the 10.95 throw recorded at the North West Regional events to 11.64m winning the competition in the final round ahead of Lucy Oakley of Norfolk.

    In the boys competition, having equalled the Standing Long Jump UK record in the South East Regional event, Dante Clark of Surrey (Herne Hill) jumped a credible 2.77m to take the UK title as well. His Surrey team mate – Frank Bostock Westland (Herne Hill) took second place. 

    After great team efforts and outstanding performances across the day the team winners in the girl’s competition were Norfolk ahead of Berkshire by only 7 points. The girls showed great strength as a team throughout the day by winning no less than 5 medals in individual events in addition to podium places in almost all the relays.   

    Having missed out on the title in 2018 by a small margin Surrey’s boys team came back with a renewed determination and were crowned Under 13 boys UK Champions for 2019. It was a really competitive day for the boys during which the Surrey team collected no less than 6 individual medals. As a team, and except for the 8 lap paarlauf the boys from Surrey also picked up medals in all the relays.


    Under 15’s 2019 Sportshall UK Final Reports – Sunday 14th April


    Berkshire Boys and Surrey Girls Come Out On Top in the U15 Championships


    Sunday 14th April saw the Under 15’s arrive in Manchester ready to put their practice into action on the track and in the field at the Manchester Regional Arena. The qualifying teams, as with the Under 13’s on Saturday were paraded in front of the Manchester crowd as part of the opening ceremony before the action got underway.


     In the girls competition Greater Manchester athlete Halle Ferguson (Trafford AC) stepped up her game to win the All Rounder title having only finished fifth in the North West Regional Finals back in March. Halle won the standing long jump with a jump of 2.53 in the final round, threw a huge personal best in the shot to finish 8th with 9.19m in the second round and recorded a time of 20.7 to take the silver medal in the 2 lap race behind Lili Fern of Devon (City of Plymouth).


     Niyah Costley spearheaded the Surrey girls team charge to win the individual silver medal in the All Rounder competition ahead of third placed Rhiana Burrell of Birmingham. Rhiana became the UK champion in the Shot with a throw of 11.83 having qualified as an individual from Birmingham following the Regional Finals.

     Surrey’s Under 15 girls team of Niyah Costley (Herne Hill), Nicole Williams (Sutton & District), Ellie Taylor (Epsom & Ewell), Lucy Atkins (Kingston & Poly), Elanor Trigg (Dorking & Mole Valley), Sophie Cox (Epsom & Ewell) and Chloe Gibney (Guildford & Godalming) were crowned champions for the 11th time in the 30 year history of the UK Finals ahead of Norfolk in second and the Ulster champions Donegal in third.

     The girls from Surrey collected 5 medals between them with an additional 7 top 10 results.  Niyah collected a gold medal to become the UK Champion in the Vertical Jump with a strong performance of 67 to beat Lateefah Agberemi of Buckinghamshire (Marshall Milton Keynes); reversing the result from the South East Regional finals. Nicole was equal second picking up a silver medal in the Standing Long Jump alongside Elanor who also collected the bronze in Speed Bounce. Sophie also took an equal bronze having performed 86 in the speed bounce too, a well-deserved win for Surrey who showed grit and determination and a fantastic team ethic throughout the day.  




     In the Boys competition the all-rounder champion in only his first year in the age group was Mason Owusu-Dellimore (Surrey, South London) collecting gold in the 4 lap race with 40.1, silver in the Standing Long Jump with 2,84 only 2cm behind Jerel Livingston (Greater Manchester, Trafford AC). Mason also threw 11.59 in the shot to finish 8th in a strong competition won by Gabriel Ball (Warwickshire, Leamington Athletics Academy) with 14.70m.


    The strength of the South East was really shown once again this year with Surrey earning the runners up spot and the title going to Berkshire’s Under 15 boys team of Ben Britton (Bracknell AC), Trey Bennett (Slough Juniors), Jonty Curtis (Bracknell AC), Gregory Menkiti (Slough Juniors), Harry Booker (Team Kennet) and Oliver Gregory (Team Kennet). What an incredible result for Berkshire who only qualified as closest runners up after being beaten into second place by Surrey at the South East regional finals.



  2. UK Final Success for Amber & Radix

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    The weekend of April 15th and 16th saw the 2016 Sportshall UK Final take place one again at Sportcity, Manchester. With over 400 athletes involved across the weekend the competition saw the highest ranked individuals and teams from across the UK battle to be crowned UK Champions in both the team competitions and across a range of individual events.


    Saturday 15th saw the winners of the under 13’s Regional UK Championships events take to the track and into the field to work hard and earn points for their team. On their way to success in the girls competition Norfolk secured victories in almost half of the track events and performed strongly across the board in the field events too with a particularly impressive winning Speed Bounce performance of 88 from Ellie Morgan (Great Yarmouth AC). In other events Bekki Roche (Liverpool Harriers) was selected to compete in the Shot as the best individual from across all the Regional events that took place between January and March. Bekki threw an impressive 11.44m which was over a metre ahead of second place. Bekki now ranks 31st on the under 15’s Power of 10 All Timers list since moving up into the under 15 age group for this year’s track & field season.

    (Picture: British Athletics Mascot: Brit Bear with Two of the Student Sports Leaders from Southend High School for girls who support ed the delivery of the Under 13’s UK Final)


    Birmingham were victorious in the under 13 boys team competition winning both the Obstacle Relay and 4 x 2 lap relays in an emphatic style. Individuals who weren’t part of qualifying teams were selected for a number  individual events after outstanding results during the qualification events. Many of these showed their strength and justified their invitation including Marcus Austin of Surrey (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) winning the Standing Long Jump with an impressive 2.63m winning jump.

    Sunday 16th April saw the under 15’s descend on Manchester for their UK Final. Under 15’s compete for their team but also in the All Rounder competition in which they choose one track event, one jump and one of either Shot or Speed Bounce. Former all rounder champions have gone on to achieve international success in Track & Field Athletics including Morgan Lake (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) who has recently represented Great Britain in both the High Jump and Heptathlon.

    With almost 80 athletes competing in the under 15 girls competition the strength of Birmingham was ever-present across the board with five of the six scoring athletes being placing in the top ten individuals. Birmingham and Donegal took the team titles respectively in the girls and boys competitions and Radix Mularwarman of Dyfed and Amber Anning of Sussex (Brighton & Hove AC) took the girls titles. The boys’ competition was closely run with Radix narrowly beating William Adeyeye (Thurrock Harriers). In the girls competition Amber took the title ahead of Cassie Ann Pemberton from Birmingham (Birchfield Harriers) Since the UK Final Amber has moved into the under 17’s for this summer’s track and field season and is currently ranked in the top 10 UK rankings for 100m, 200m & 300m.   

    Almost a month on from the UK Final we look forward to witnessing many of the successful Sportshall UK Final competitors from this year and previous years compete in athletics across the summer Track & Field Season. England Athletics Championships take place in Bedford during August and we have no doubt there will be representation during the English Schools Track & Field Championships in July at Gateshead Stadium.

    Details of the 2017 UK Championships will be available during the summer months and the Sportshall development team are also looking forward to heading back to Manchester in August where teams from the local area will be invited to compete in an outdoor version of the Tom Pink Relays. This will take place before the brand new England Athletics Manchester International match which welcome teams and elite international athletes’ from England, Scotland and Wales.

    For more information on the Sportshall Athletics programmes contact the development team via team@sportshall.org

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  3. School Games Update

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    We have been busy over the summer months updating and refreshing our resources and with the proven popularity of the Sportshall of Fame for the Primary Competition we are excited to now be offering a Secondary Sportshall of Fame which will be updated with all the 2016 Level 3 Secondary results.

    The website is undergoing continual improvements and has been updated with the new resources for the coming season. To help teachers and SGO’s all the resources are now available at sportshall.org/resources-downloads  and the new quick links page has also been added to the site to assist with usability.

    In the first part of the season we still have some availability for events and leadership/teacher training. After Christmas we still have limited dates available for schools and SGO’s wishing to book Level 2 Primary or Secondary Sportshall competitions in addition to any of our other exciting programmes including Sportshall infants and inclusive Sportshall competition for all abilities.

    FAQ’s Are also now available here to help with common queries or alterntively please dont hesitate to Contact Us should you wish to enquire about a booking or Sportshall Services.

    We are looking forward to another fantastic year of School Games Competition & Activity across the UK.