Film shows highlights of Cumbria School Games

A low-budget in-house film has been produced which showcases some of the highlights of the Cumbria School Games.

The film has been produced by the team behind ‘Life is a Rollercoaster', a popular local NHS website for children and young people, which is supporting the Cumbria School Games.

The short video was filmed at the large multi-sport festival on the 27th June, which involved hundreds of young people from local primary, secondary, and special schools.

The film can be seen here:

The Cumbria School Games, run by Active Cumbria, uses the inspiration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to involve more young people in competitive sports.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which owns the ‘Life is a Rollercoaster' website, attended the event to increase awareness of the life is a rollercoaster website ( as a source of health information and advice especially for young people.

Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, explains:

“We are very proud to be supporting this year's School Games in Cumbria. Encouraging children to take part in physical activity at a variety of different levels is one of the most important things we can do as a community for young people's physical and mental wellbeing.

Opportunities for physical activity are an important part in ensuring young people live healthy and happy lives and the School Games are a fantastic celebration for young people participating in sporting activities in Cumbria.”

The ‘Life is a Rollercoaster' website was re-launched earlier this year. It is aimed at young people in Cumbria and is designed to help them learn more about emotional and physical health. ‘Life is a Rollercoaster' was initially launched based on the information young people said they needed. The logo was designed by Sam Redmond from Whitehaven when he was 13 years old.

As part of the re-launch to update the website Cumbria Partnership NHS toured around Cumbria and asked over 100 young people what they thought should be included. The changes that were asked for have already been started, including adding more stories from young people and linking to videos and games.

The website has also been expanded to include more information about physical health issues (such as diabetes, smoking and sexual health) and school nurse drop-in sessions. Now children/young people can easily check when and where school nurse drop-in sessions take place in their school.

Deborah McKenna, Clinical Lead for School Age Children, said:

“It is important that children and young people can access health information through a medium they are familiar with. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has designed a website that provides information and sign posts young people to help and support, encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle and take responsibility for their own health choices. The Cumbria School Games is just one of the many innovative ways we are trying to promote and encourage young people to use the Life is a Rollercoaster website.”