Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Enjoying FUN AND GAMES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Enjoying FUN AND GAMES

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Bronze: College MORE THAN 500 pupils from across Tyne and Wear enjoyed a successful day at the Sainsbury's School Games spring finals.

The competition, which brought together 40 schools from across the area to the Centre for Sport, West Road, Newcastle, was made up of a number of sports including fivea-side football, disability tri golf and netball.

Shelly Brogden, 12, who was part of the gold medal-winning John Spence Community High School football team, said: "To get to the School Games we had to play lots of other teams at the level two event. We came first in that.

"I've taken part in the School Games before and I think it's really fun. I like being part of a team. I also enjoy playing sport because it keeps you fit and healthy."

Liam Maxwell, aged 11 from Mortimer Primary School, said: "I played on the netball team at levels one and two of the School Games and because we did well, we got to play at these finals.

"The School Games are really fun to do and it gets you out of school. I don't like lounging around doing nothing so I enjoy taking part in sport."

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. For some of them, this will be their first time at a large competition like this.

"This multi-event has been a huge success and a fun day was had by all. Well done to all those who qualified as the enthusiasm of the competitors is what makes these events so special."

The event began with a dance sequence by Denbigh Primary School, followed by a motivational talk from double Commonwealth Games gold medal gymnast Craig Heap.

He told competitors: "This is a great opportunity for you to experience what it's like to be in a big competition. Do your best, have respect for fellow competitors and enjoy yourselves." The Lord Mayor of Newcastle and the Mayor of Sunderland also attended the event.

The Games are being delivered by schools, county sports partnerships, school games organisers and other local partners. …

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