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School Games is more than just a competition, it's an opportunity.

School children from across the Tyne & Wear came together to compete for gold at the School Games Summer competition.

Over 500 children from over 50 schools gathered into Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland to compete in the Tyne & Wear Summer School Games 2017. They competed in a number of different sports including tennis and athletics.

Invited to the School Games competition was guest speaker and Great Britain Volleyball player, Peter Bakare who delivered an inspiring speech that encouraged the children to work hard in school and that the results will show. Peter also entertained the children with a volleyball demonstration which got the atmosphere for the days compeitton well under away. 

Andrew and Jamie from Newbottle Primary in Sunderland said, "We not only play sport in school, but we are involved in sport outside of school including swimming and football and we play for Houghton Albion FC and Washington AFC. We love most about taking part in sport is that it is fun and you can get fit and active. Sport brings my friends and I alltogether and our school work has also improved, as we get to burn off energy playing sport, which makes us concentrate better in the classroom.”

Throughout all of the School Games competitions, the Young Leaders that help the participants play a significant part in the running of the event.

Young Leaders, Elliot, Ben and Ollie from Biddick Academy in Sunderland said, “We got involved with young leaders through our school, and we realised it is a good opportunity for us to get some experience in understanding leadership.”

“What we enjoy most about volunteering is working with the children and seeing them enjoy themselves but also helping them develop their skills as well.”

The students also get to develop valuable life skills that will not only help them throughout school, but in further education and their potential career.

Elliot, Ben and Ollie went onto say, “Since being a young leader, we have developed skills including communication, leadership and coaching and this can help us with our futures as leadership is required in the work place and communication is important in any job role or interview.”

“Jobs in sport such as a coach require excellent communication levels and the young leader opportunities help to build our confidence in being able to speak well. If we could tell other students about how valuable a young leader is, it would be that you should definitely do it as it boosts your confidence and you get to see children build and grow their skill sets in sport.”

North Tyneside had the most success on the day with nine medals, followed closely by a total of eight medals by Newcastle, six medals won by Sunderland, four medals won by South Tyneside and three medals won by Gateshead.

Claire Lee, School Sport Development Manager at Tyne & Wear Sport said: “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 as we know sport can have such a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people.”

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

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.  

Take a look at the photo's from the day and find out the full results by clicking here.