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Hundreds take part in Sainsbury’s School Games finals

Gold medal winner Chloe Bradley, of George Washington Primary School, competes in the netball competition

Gold medal winner Chloe Bradley, of George Washington Primary School, competes in the netball competition

FIT school pupils proved that they have the golden touch after they went head-to-head in fierce competition at a popular sports event.

More than 500 pupils from across Tyne and Wear took part in the Sainsbury’s School Games finals.

A total of 45 schools went head to head in football, hockey, disability tri-golf and netball.

And it was youngsters from Sunderland who topped the medal table, grabbing five golds and four silvers between them.

They took the top prize in Under 14 boys disability and girls disability football competitions, thanks to teams from Biddick Academy.

Houghton’s St Michael’s Primary and Washington’s Fatfield Primary schools won the “In 2” and “Quicksticks” hockey contests respectively.

And George Washington Primary School A and B teams took gold and silver respectively in the netball competition.

The events were all held at the Centre for Sport in Newcastle.

Netball gold medal winner Chloe Bradley, 11, of George Washington Primary School, told the Echo today: “It’s great to be able to interact with people from other schools at events like this.

“You get to learn from them and test yourself against people with other abilities.”

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.

“This multi-event has been a huge success and a fun day was had by all.”

She added: “Well done to all those who qualified as the enthusiasm of the competitors is what makes these events so special.”

The games are being delivered by schools, county sports partnerships, school games organisers and other local partners in the area.

Support also comes from national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, the Department of Health and Paralympics GB as well as the Youth Sport Trust.

 

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