Sunderland children do battle on the badminton court

Monkwearmouth School badminton players Katie Robertson (left) and Abbie Stevens who took part in Schools Badminton tournament at the Seaburn Centre on Monday.
Monkwearmouth School badminton players Katie Robertson (left) and Abbie Stevens who took part in Schools Badminton tournament at the Seaburn Centre on Monday.
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PUPILS swapped the classroom for the court for a day of intense competition.

Biddick School Sports College, St Aidan’s School and Houghton Kepier school took part at the School Games Badminton Finals at the Seaburn Centre.

The event, which was part of the Centre Parcs National School Championships, saw more than 100 pupils from Years 10 and 11 compete against each other in a fun-filled day.

Biddick, Kepier and Monkwearmouth girls’ teams qualified for the event.

The boys’ teams from Monkwearmouth School and St Aidan’s Catholic School also took part, having been inspired after seeing the sport at the London 2012 Olympics.

Katie Robertson, 16, from Monkwearmouth School, who is also a county netball player, said: “Coming to events like the school games is good because we get to play against new schools, which is a challenge and you also meet new people.”

Fellow pupil Abbie Stevens, 16, added: “We’ve been competing in these badminton competitions for the past five years.

“They’re good fun and everyone supports each other.”

Despite their best efforts, the schools failed to be placed in the top spots at the Sainsbury’s-sponsored competition, but enjoyed the challenge and meeting fellow players.

School Games co-ordinator Claire Elliott, from Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “The School Games are part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, and the aim is to give every pupil from every school the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

“The badminton event was a huge success and a great day was had by all.”

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