Aspiring athletes are to take part in South Yorkshire’s biggest and most prestigious schools sport event tomorrow.
Nearly 2,000 pupils representing 400 schools across the county have qualified for the 2013 South Yorkshire School Games winter finals.
The action-packed event will take place at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, Sheffield, for a day of Olympic-style sport which organisers hope will help build on the legacy of the 2012 Games.
Primary and secondary school pupils will compete in sports hall athletics, gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball, boccia, judo, seated volleyball and polybat – a cross between table tennis and cricket.
Nearly 200 gold medals will be awarded and the event will be supported by 100 volunteers, including Sheffield Hallam University students.
Inter-schools qualifying competitions have been taking place across South Yorkshire in recent weeks ahead of the winter finals.
Away from the competition there will be entertainment from circus acts and performers, while the Dancedaze Crew will be performing at the opening ceremony and will provide master classes in dance during the day.
Nick Bowen, chairman of the South Yorkshire School Games, and headteacher at Horizon Community College in Barnsley, which will jointly host the summer finals later this year with Shaw Lane Sports Club, 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.
“It should be a fantastic day of school sport.”