OVER 600 children from across Tyne and Wear gathered to compete for gold in two days of sport.
Taking place at The Parks leisure centre in North Tyneside and The Beacon of Light in Sunderland, the children took part in the Spring Finals of the 2019 Tyne & Wear School Games, competing in a range of sports including boccia, hockey, netball and football.
Each school was representing their primary or secondary school, as well as one of the five local authorities of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Jayden from North Tyneside was competing in the boccia competition. He said: “I really enjoy sport as you have to communicate with your teammates, and you feel like you’re getting better all the time. I also like playing football and boxing.”
Molly from George Washington primary school took part in the netball competition. She said: “I love playing sport. It helps me to relax. Netball is my favourite sport because you get to play as a team with your friends and I especially like shooting.”
In addition to the competitors, about 50 young people from across Tyne and Wear received training to lead and officiate at the events.
Claire Lee, school sport development manager from Tyne & Wear Sport, said: “Taking part in the School Games and representing their school as well as their local authority is something that the competitors should all be very proud of. It’s also a valuable opportunity for young leaders who are gaining experience of officiating at a major event.”
As well as competing for their schools, they had the opportunity to have photographs taken with the prestigious Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies which were on show at the Beacon of Light as part of the lead up to the weekend of European Rugby Finals taking place in Newcastle in May.
Mrs Lee continued to say: “We are delighted to have engaged so many pupils in the event. We know sport can have such a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people.
Having the trophies on show on the second day was an added attraction to an already exciting event and a great bonus for the young competitors and volunteers.”
Mick Hogan, Newcastle 2019 event director for the trophy tour said: “In the build up to, and during the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we are looking to engage with a wide range of communities in the region and the trophies tour is a crucial part of this. Both the Heineken Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies are very prestigious and impressive. We’re sure they will generate tremendous interest and will draw crowds to see the two trophies.
“As well as drumming up excitement for the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we want to showcase our wonderful region to fans from all over the world.”
The School Games are being delivered by the Tyne and Wear PE and School Sport Alliance, supported by 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.
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