Welwyn Hatfield Tokyo 2020 primary school games

Over five hundred Year 5 students from schools across the borough hopped, skipped and jumped in the lead up to next year's Tokyo Olympics at the annual primary school games event held at Gosling Sports Park.

Primary school games

Organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Welwyn Hatfield Schools Sports Partnership, with support from Better, the event took place on Friday 12 July. It was officially opened by Mayor Councillor Roger Trigg, Herby the Hertfordshire stag and Taiko drummers from Monk's Walk School.


Students from 16 different schools made up a total of 32 teams and took part in sports including: curling, skateboarding, archery, boxing, fencing and other traditional Olympic sport games. Local sports leaders from secondary schools assisted in the delivery of the day.


Each team was also tasked with making a flag to represent their country, which was judged. The team with the best flag was China, from Templewood Primary School.


Katie, a student at Harwood Hill, said:

It has been an amazing day, everyone enjoyed it and supported others when they were doing their activities - I've had the best birthday ever.

Fabian said:

Even though it could be really hard at times you still get the best out of the day. I've had a great time.


Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communications, said:

Events like the primary school games are so important to our young people; they teach them important life skills like team work, as well as providing a great way to get more involved in sport and try something new.

Feedback from everyone who took part been overwhelmingly positive, and it was great to see so many students going for gold!