A total of 160 youngsters from Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield took part in the South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games badminton finals at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).
Pupils who qualified took to the court for singles and doubles matches, and winners include Tapton School boys in the Key Stage 3 competition and Sheffield High School girls in the Key Stage 3 event.
In Key Stage 4, there was victory for King Edward VII School in the girls’ competition, with a series of exciting battles on court seeing them beat Tapton School and Saint Pius X Catholic High School to the gold medals.
In the Key Stage 4 boys’ event, High Storrs School managed to get the better of Notre Dame High School and Aston Academy to take the spoils.
Simon Pugh, development manager at Games organiser South Yorkshire Sport, said: “There was some great talent on show at the EIS and the young people demonstrated real determination and teamwork.
“It was a great day of badminton and a fantastic experience for the children and they can have only been inspired by the opportunity to compete in the same world-class sporting venue where Olympic champions like Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams train.”
The annual South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games programme, supported by Grass Roots, is made up of five sporting finals, almost 20 sports and 1,000 primary and secondary school pupils.
Hillsborough Leisure Centre hosted the trampolining finals in February, and after the badminton event, attention will turn to the multi-sport Winter Finals on March 18 at EIS Sheffield, and the cross country finals at Cannon Hall, in Barnsley, on March 20.
The School Games finale will be the Summer Finals at Clifton Park, Herringthorpe Stadium and Moorgate Tennis Club, in Rotherham, on July 1.