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Winter School Games 2016

Around 500 primary and secondary school children from 40 schools from across the county came together at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Tyneside.

They competed in events across a number of different sports including 5-a-side football, hockey, netball, boccia and multisport. 

Matthew McLellan, aged 10, from Benton Dene School said, "I've been taking part in the multiskills competition. Last year we came fourth and this year we're hoping to come first. I like trying to win gold and playing with the rest of the team. I also play football and like playing dodgeball."

Rebecca Price, aged 12, from St Wilfreds School in South Tyneside was taking part in the girls' 5-a-side football. She said, "I joined the afterschool football club and from there I was picked to join this team. I also play for Boldon Girls team now. I also play tennis, badminton and cricket. I like sport because it keeps me active and I hope I can keep doing it when I am older." 

Claire Lee, School Games Co-ordinator at Tyne & Wear Sport said: “It is important that we continue to motivate and inspire young people to take part in sport. The School Games has given children across the region the opportunity to embrace sport like never before. We are delighted to have engaged so many pupils in sport and we are excited by the potential of this project to have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people across the region.

“There are many potential benefits to be taken from the project including improving activity levels, awareness of health issues and increasing confidence and organisational skills.”

The sporting events weren't the only competitions taking place. The final of a cross-curricular Sporting App competition was also being run. 

Adam Pilkington said, "We want to thank all of the schools and pupils who took part. The teams really got into the spirit of the competition from the word go and it didn't take them long to get out and about sharing their apps with the athletes, coaches, organisers, parents and the First Aid providers."

At the end of the day all votes were counted and the Washingwell Primary School's Tuck & Tumble App was voted as the winner with 184 votes. St Aidan's Catholic Academy came second, Shiremoor Primary School took bronze, followed closely by Wyndham Primary School. 

The School Games is at the heart of the Government’s plans to create a lasting sporting legacy from the London 2012 Games and gives every pupil from every school to take part in competitive sport. Over £100 million of Lottery and Government funding has been injected into the School Games.

The Games are being delivered by schools, Tyne & Wear Sport, national governing bodies of sports, school games organisers and other local partners. Support of the School Games also comes from a range of national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust. 

North Tyneside had the most winners with three gold medals, while Gateshead had two and South Tyneside and Sunderland earned one gold medal each.