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School Games is a Summer Success!

British players might not be having great success at Wimbledon, but a Sunderland school has brought home tennis gold.

Pupils from Richard Avenue Primary School were competing in the tennis competition as one of 50 schools taking part in the multi-sport, Tyne & Wear Summer School Games at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre.

After a hard-fought day of competition they managed to see off their rivals from Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside to take gold. And fine play from Biddick Primary School saw a bronze medal for another Sunderland team.

Gold medals also went to Oxclose Community Academy in the golf tournament, closely followed by Castle View Enterprise Academy who took silver. More medals went to St Anthony's Girls Catholic Academy, who took silver in the Girls’ Cricket event.

Claire Lee, school sport development manager at Tyne & Wear Sport, said, “The spirit of the games is about teamwork, honesty, respect, self belief, passion and determination, and the competitors demonstrated these qualities to a fantastic degree.

“The pupils from all of the Sunderland Schools deserve to be congratulated on their success and sportsmanship.”

The day at Silksworth Community Pool Tennis & Wellness Centre started with an opening ceremony featuring skipping demonstrations by Town End Academy followed by an inspirational talk from 17-year-old, international triathlete Daniel Dixon.

The event was organised by the Tyne & Wear PE and School Sport Alliance which consists of Tyne & Wear Sport, school representatives, school games organisers and the Youth Sport Trust.

The School Games programme is supported by the government Departments of Culture, Media and Sport, Health and Education, and funding from Sport England through the National Lottery.

For further information about the school games visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org