Hundreds of youngsters hits the sports field for Winter Games

The parade of athletes at the Winter Games opening ceremony.
The parade of athletes at the Winter Games opening ceremony.
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THE games are afoot.

More than 1,600 young people from schools across South Yorkshire are doing battle in a major event fuelled by 2012 Olympic fever.

Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport is the venue for the first ever South Yorkshire School Games, kicking off an initiative which is due to grow over the next three years and beyond.

The Winter Games are featuring youngsters aged seven to 18 from dozens of schools competing in seven sports - athletics, netball, basketball, gymnastics, boccia, new age curling and boccia - with plans are already under way for a similar Summer Games in July.

For more on this story, see The Star tomorrow.