For nearly a decade, the Sussex School Games has been a massive highlight of the local sporting calendar – and last year saw the Specsavers stores from across the county join forces to sponsor the event for the first time.

The annual event sees hundreds of children from local schools come together for a massive festival of sport – but sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic, the event due to take place at K2 in Crawley this year has been cancelled.

Taking the games online

Refusing to let themselves be beaten – and mindful of the need for local people to stay healthy during lockdown – the organisers Active Sussex have put together an online package of sports challenges, badged as the ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games.

The competition allows children to represent their school from the safety of their own home. Medals will be given to the best primary and secondary schools across each sport featured, and an overall leaderboard will be kept too. And teachers, parents and carers will also be able to participate, with their own leaderboard to try and top.

Supporting local children

Sadie Mason MBE, chief executive of Active Sussex, said: ‘The world is a strange place for everybody at the moment, particularly school children.

‘So we invite schools from every corner of Sussex to get involved, not only for the physical good but for the mental benefits that representing your school team alongside your peers, albeit virtually, can bring.’

Open for care

Badrinath Mohandas, store director in Uckfield and divisional chair, said: ‘This is a great initiative and one that we are proud to support. We hope children and adults alike enjoy taking part in these challenges.’

The Specsavers stores across Sussex are currently open for urgent and essential care. So if you have a problem with your eyes, glasses or contact lenses, give your local store a call.

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