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Sporty schools go for gold

Some of the 800 school children taking part in Sainsbury's Schools Games finals at Siulksworth Sports Complex on Friday.

Some of the 800 school children taking part in Sainsbury's Schools Games finals at Siulksworth Sports Complex on Friday.

POSSIBLE sports stars of the future went head-to-head in intense competition on Wearside.

Hundreds of pupils from across the North East came to Silksworth Community Pool Tennis and Wellness Centre for the Sainsbury’s School Games final.

Students from each local authority area had been competing against their fellow pupils since the start of the current academic year last September to qualify for the event. The talented youngsters went up against each other in cricket, golf, gymnastics, quadkid athletics, rugby union, sitting volleyball, tennis and even volleyball.

Claire Elliott, School Games co-ordinator, said: “It’s all about giving more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport.

“We are committed to getting more people more active more often and want young people to get involved in sport, as well as develop a sporting habit for life.”

The School Games were set up as part of the Government’s plans to create a lasting sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games, so that pupils from every school have the chance to take part in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for those with disabilities.

The Games have been organised by schools, county sports partnerships, national governing bodies of sports, school games organisers and other partners.

National partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust, have also given their backing to the programme.

 

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