Pupils come on in leaps and bounds

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THIS is a school sports day, 21st century style.

Once upon a time it was all about the egg and spoon race, the sack race and the tug-of-war all performed with grim determination on a bobbly, bumpy field with a constant threat of summer downpours.

That wasn’t for pupils from Birley Community Primary - the latest school to move its annual event to the state-of-the-art facilities at the English institute of Sport.

Here youngsters took to a track often the scene of tough training sessions designed to stretch stars like Jessica Ennis - and other top athletes from all over the country.

Categories included traditional track and field events such as the hurdles, sprints and the long jump. But there were also fun competitions including space hoppers, bean bags, hula hoops and giant darts.

Of course the indoor complex means threats from the great British summer are not a problem - and schools are finding that the superb facilities inspire youngsters on to greater heights.

The Attercliffe complex is proving increasingly popular with schools who want to round off their sporting season in style.

Headteacher Lynn Faber said to say the children had enjoyed their day was an understatement.

“It’s been an amazing, brilliant day. It’s our first year here and we came to escape any inclement weather, and we’re glad we did. It is an amazing facility and everyone, including the parents, have really enjoyed it.”

Many youngsters were inspired by their surroundings to put in their best ever performances - leaving them keen to come back next year!