Chelmsford hosts Olympic style Superstars Festival for all Year 4 Students

Published on 17/02/2020

Beaulieu, Chelmsford’s vibrant new district being developed by Countryside and L&Q, has united with the Chelmsford School Sport Partnership (CSSP) for the 5th year running, to sponsor the Superstars Festival. The sports competition, which sees the participation of all Year 4 students in Chelmsford, was recently held at the Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Centre.

In total, six competitions took place over three days which saw over 40 schools and 2000 Year 4 students compete in a variety of sporting events.

The winners have been announced, with the following schools being honoured the top three positions:

1st    Great Leighs Primary 

2nd  The Bishops C of E & R C Primary       

3rd  New Hall School    

Pledges and poems from the various schools kicked off the event in an Olympic style opening ceremony. The students competed across eight multi-skilled stations that included basketball, speed stacking, golf and the triple jump, along with other activities that tested agility, strength and coordination.

The scoring systems were based on children collecting points at each station. These were then added together and divided by the number of children each school had participating. By calculating an average, schools both large and small were able to compete on a level playing field.

The smooth running of the event was ensured as 142 secondary school students from Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford College, Sandon and St John Payne School, volunteered to act as organisers, monitors and judges.

In recognition of everyone’s participation, the children went home with a Superstars sports bag, provided by Beaulieu (Countryside and L&Q).

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director, Strategic Land, Countryside says: “It’s an absolute pleasure to continue Beaulieu’s sponsorship of the CSSP for the 5th year in a row. As a developer, we are focused on building communities that promote health and wellbeing so we have always held this partnership close to our heart.”

“We are also delighted that the newly opened Beaulieu Park Primary and Secondary School have joined the partnership and that the pupils and teachers are already benefitting from the programme of activities and training courses run by the CSSP”.

Craig Luttman, Deputy Group Director of Development and Sales at L&Q says, “We’re proud supporters of the CSSP, which does fantastic work promoting sport amongst school students whilst providing a fun day out for everyone involved.

“Working with our partner Countryside, we’ve put health and wellbeing at the heart of the vibrant community at Beaulieu. Once completed, the development will include a health centre, sports facilities and around 180 acres of public open space. The Superstars Festival is an important fixture in our calendar, and we’re looking forward to see it continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Sara Robson, School Games Organiser for the Chelmsford School Sport Partnership, says: “Year on year, it’s wonderful to see the Superstars Festival growing. This event is an opportunity for any child to come and compete in an inclusive, supportive environment. It helps them develop good sporting attitudes as well as key values like friendship, determination, courage and respect, which will benefit them throughout their lives. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Beaulieu (Countryside and L&Q) for their continued support and congratulate everyone who participated this year, both the competitors as well as the young leaders who played an integral role in leading and officiating this event.”

Beaulieu’s sponsorship has been key to helping the CSSP expand their programme of activity and deliver even more activities and events for the children and teachers they support across all 60 schools in Chelmsford. An additional member of staff was recently hired to support with admin, train up young leaders to deliver competitions and deliver Change 4 Life clubs for young children who may not be getting enough exercise and/or may have low self esteem.