VIDEO: School Games gets underway at Sheffield’s E.I.S

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NEARLY two thousand children from across South Yorkshire have gathered at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport today for the 2013 South Yorkshire School Games winter finals.

The Olympic-style event is South Yorkshire’s biggest and most prestigious schools sport event, with pupils representing 400 schools from across the county.

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Primary and secondary school pupils are busy competing in hall athletics, gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball, boccia, judo, seated volleyball and polybat – a cross between table tennis and cricket and nearly 200 gold medals will be awarded before the end of the day.

Nick Bowen, chairman of the South Yorkshire School Games, and headteacher at Horizon Community College in Barnsley, said: “Sport has a major part to play in raising aspirations and expectations, and the South Yorkshire School Games are key to building an Olympic legacy.

“The event not only demonstrates the importance of teamwork and the values of taking part, it also helps to develop students’ leadership skills.

“It’s not just about the competitors. The School Games encourage involvement beyond sport, from volunteering to cultural engagement.”

See The Star tomorrow for our full story and pictures.