the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is encouraging dioceses in England and Wales to support and develop sports ministry in their schools and churches. In response to this churches and schools are invited to send a team of five primary-age children to compete in the Worcester Games. The event is being organised by Scripture Union (www.scriptureunion.org.uk/sport) and Higher Sports (www.highersports.org) in partnership with All Saints Church, Worcester. The Games will take place on Saturday 9 July, 1pm-3.30pm, at the King’s School Keyes Building Sports Hall.

The Worcester Games plans to model a sports ministry initiative in the light of the Rio Olympics and the public interest that will surround it. Churches and schools may wish to replicate the model in their community as the Olympics become closer. During the afternoon there will be six mini-games of short duration happening at the same time. Each entered team will be given the name of a country and its flag to carry around from game to game. The winning three teams will be presented with gold, silver and bronze medals on lanyards whilst all participants will receive a Worcester Games certificate.

All teams are to include a mix of boys and girls from primary years 3,4,5 and 6. Each game will require five participants but teams may have a squad of seven in order to mix and match between games. The accompanying adult in charge will take responsibility for the team at all times and arrange for them to wear the same coloured top. Training shoes are required for the Sports Hall.

There is to be a maximum entry of 16 teams so early application is essential to guarantee a place. The deadline date is Saturday 2 July. A donation per team towards the costs of the event would be appreciated though not essential for entry.

All the games will be fun-filled with enthusiasm being the key factor. A mixture of ages as well as gender will work well.

For further details and in order to sign up your church or school please contact Bryan Mason of the Scripture Union Higher Sports Team. Bryan also represents the Worcester Diocese on the national Mission of Sport forum.

bryan.mason321@btinternet.com

07711 572032

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