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School Games badminton finals proved to be a battle of talent vs talent

Tyneside Badminton Centre in Newcastle held the latest School Games badminton finals for school year eight to eleven students. 37 schools made it to the finals but Gosforth Academy dominated the competitions by winning all the age group finals, progressing to the regional championships.

Runners up for the year eight and nine boys were Thorp Academy from Ryton and the runners up for the girls was Gosforth Junior Academy. The runners up for the years ten and eleven boys was Heaton Manor and the girls runners up went to St Anthony’s from Sunderland.

Following their success, Gosforth Academy will now represent Tyne & Wear at the regional event. This will see them go up against the winners from Tees Valley, Durham and Northumberland.

Many of the young people that compete in the School Games events have joined after-school clubs because they have enjoyed taking part in sport.

Elliot from Monkwearmouth Academy said, “I’m getting on really well today and I think it is a really well organised event. I started playing badminton in an after school club and then my teacher asked if I would like to be part of the team for School Games.  I also play tennis and play football for a club outside of school.”

Amongst many of the talented students at the competition, some individuals have looked further ahead into their education. Sport can provide many opportunities for a student’s education, including studying abroad.

Connor from Mortimer Community College said, “I’ve played badminton all my life and my dad taught me how to play as he played for the county. Sport is my passion and I love it and it sets me up for the day ahead at school. Sport has and can provide for my future as I am on track for a football scholarship with a college in America for four years, intending to progress with a career into an organisation.”

Students participating in School Games competitions also learn key skills such as team work and communication, to help them in their future education and career.

Rachel from Newcastle High School for Girls said, “Sport keeps me fit and healthy and this makes a difference to me every day, from getting up, to going to bed. I have learned the art of teamwork during the School Games competitions which can provide me with the skills needed for a future career.”

Some of the talented pupils competing in the finals discussed that they are members of well-established clubs in the area and some are also junior amateur athletes.

Katie & Abbey from Gosforth Academy said, “We play squash for the school team and also run for Gateshead and Gosforth Harriers. We enjoy meeting new people at the School Games events and enjoy keeping fit and healthy.”

School Games Coordinator Claire Lee from Tyne & Wear Sport said, “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 helps to give more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport. The standard of competition here today has been incredibly high.”

To find out more about the School Games and to view all of the photograpghs, please visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org