More than 800 youngsters from across the region swapped their school uniforms for their PE kit to take part in the 2013 South Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games in Barnsley.
The high-profile event, which was officially opened by the Mayor of Barnsley, Ken Richardson, was staged at Horizon Community College and Shaw Lane Sports Club, in Barnsley and saw the children compete in events including cricket, golf, tag rugby and tennis.
Children from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield competed in the finals which followed the inter-school qualifiers at primary and secondary schools across the county.
The games, which showcase the sporting excellence of youngsters across South Yorkshire, were supported by staff and volunteers from all areas.
Nick Bowen, chair of South Yorkshire School Games and Principal at Horizon Community College, said: “We’re extremely proud to be hosting the event in Barnsley for the first time and it has been a great day for all schools involved with lots of great results for the pupils.”
“The games are a fantastic way for pupils in our county to take part in competitive sport, showcase their talents, but also learn important values like teamwork.
“The games allow young people the opportunity to be the best they can be in a wide range of sports. They also give opportunities for pupils to get involved through cultural activities, organisation, officiating and volunteering.”
Stuart Marsden, aged 16, from Horizon School in Barnsley, said: “It was great to take part in the games as I love playing sport. Playing in the cricket was my highlight of the day.”
Cameron Harris, aged nine, also from Horizon School, said: “I am excited that I get to play cricket with my friends and I think we can do really well!”
Team GB diver Monique Gladding attended the event and told the school athletes that they were her inspiration to carry on training hard to become a successful athlete in Rio 2016 and that she was excited to see the young talent at the Games.
This year, the Games pro also included orienteering being staged at Wentworth Castle, Barnsleytoday.
The games winter finals were held at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EISS Sheffield) in March this year.
The games are run by South Yorkshire Sport.
For more information visit ww.syschoolgames.co.uk or follow the Games on Twitter @SYSchoolGames.
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