Primary and secondary school children from across Tyne & Wear came together to compete for gold at the Summer School Games competition.
Over 400 children from over 50 schools congregated in Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland to compete in the Tyne & Wear Summer School Games Finals 2018. They competed in several different sports including tennis, cricket and athletics.
Guest speaker, Olympic Athletics and Bobsleigh athlete, Montell Douglas gave an inspiring and motivational speech to all the school students during the opening ceremony before they headed off to compete.
Andrew and Jamie from Sunderland said, "We are involved in sport outside of school including swimming and football and we play for Houghton Albion FC and Washington AFC. We love taking part in sport because it is fun and you can get fit and active. We get along better with our friends at school by being involved in sport 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 the whole day of competition, secondary school students played a significant part in the running of the event, as they supported the final through various roles including officiating and time keeping.
Students, Elliot, Ben and Ollie from Biddick Academy in Sunderland said, “We got involved with the Young Leaders programme 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.”
Claire Lee, School Sport Development Manager at Tyne & Wear Sport said, “Every year the School Games provides opportunities for children to try different roles within sport whether it is as a player or official. The Games provides a competitive but friendly environment for all the youngsters to make a positive and active contribution on behalf of their school.”
Schools from North Tyneside and Sunderland had the most success on the day, with two wins coming from the Panathlon Challenge and Golf for Sunderland schools and three wins for North Tyneside schools in the Gymnastics and Athletics.
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.
The full results from the event can be found by clicking here.