Sainsbury’s school games festival in Durham gets £45,000 cash boost

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A SPORTING spectacle in Durham is set to get a £45,000 boost of lottery funding.

Next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals in County Durham are set to build on the success of previous years.

The local organising committee for the county has been awarded the funding from Sport England to deliver the School Games festivals in 2014, which will be the culmination of year-round competitions within and between schools.

Young athletes will compete in sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, netball, rounders and girls football. Jackie Gent, co-chairman of the County Durham committee, said: “I am very proud to be associated with the Games.

“As a headteacher, I am passionate about getting the best for all pupils in terms of their learning, progress and achievement.

“However, I also believe that promoting the health and wellbeing of all children is equally important. School Games have such an important role to play in supporting this priority and in fostering key Olympic Values such as teamwork, excellence and determination. The experiences which School Games provide can enrich children’s lives and enhance physical and emotional development. I am looking forward to two very successful events in 2014.”

Sport England’s Suzanne Glavin said: “We are delighted to award this funding to County Durham.”

The 2014 County Sports Festivals will be bigger than ever before with an expected 150 festivals across the country, 175,000 students and 25,000 volunteers.

The Durham festivals will take place on Friday, March 28, and Friday, July 4.