"School Games means a lot to us" - Students discuss their enjoyment of sport in Tyne & Wear Final

Primary and secondary school children competed against each other for the top spot in the Tyne & Wear School Games Multi Sport competition.

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The event was held at The Parks Leisure Centre on Wednesday 28 March, with over 500 school students from more than 50 schools in attendance. Sports included hockey, football, boccia and sportsability.

Primary school students Ben, Emily, Aidan and Evie said, "We really enjoyed the event and we won two of our three hockey matches. School Games means a lot to us as we really enjoy representing our school. We also play other sports in our local area including football, tennis and athletics."

The weather was the ultimate test throughout the event with hail stones and sleet for most of the day, but students battled through and kept their spirits high with some good performances during matches.

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.”

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

The School Games is at the heart of the Government’s plans to give every pupil from every school the opportunity 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.

 
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You can view the photographs from the competition by visiting our YouTube channel.

Please click here for the full results from the competition.