School Games party at No 10

40 young people from 9 primary schools who are involved in the School Games have had the opportunity to visit No 10 Downing Street after being invited for a special School Games Christmas party.

40 young people from 9 primary schools who are involved in the School Games have had the opportunity to visit No 10 Downing Street after being invited for a special School Games Christmas party.

The group got the exciting opportunity to meet Olympic gold medallist sprinter, Jason Gardener, Olympic Gold medallist boxer, Audley Harrison and swimming star Mark Foster as well as Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt.

During the visit they played a variety of games and even got to meet some reindeer that were in the garden while they were there.

Vincent Brittain, from Inspire Plus, who took some of the children along, said: "It was a really memorable day for the children who got to meet some famous sporting faces as well as enjoy the entertainment they had put on for the youngsters. It's not every day you get to go to a party at No 10 Downing Street!"

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt said: "I found it wonderfully inspiring meeting so many children and teachers today who are genuinely passionate about school sport. I'm delighted to hear they're all having so much fun taking part in the School Games competition. So far 10,000 schools have signed up to be a part of it and there's still time for even more to get on board this year."

The Prime Minister said: "The School Games are a great way to encourage young people to play more competitive sport, as well as getting involved in the excitement around the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  I want to congratulate all the schools, teachers and athletes here today championing the School Games and demonstrating such enthusiasm and commitment to getting young people to involved in sport. 

"Competitive sport is so important for young people, not just in terms of being fit and healthy, but also for self-esteem, teambuilding and social skills. As the excitement around 2012 builds, we want to make the most of this tremendous opportunity to inspire young people right across the country to get into sport and get active. And who knows, some of Britain's great sporting legends of the future could be here today."

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