Thousands compete at schools sports day

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THOUSANDS of youngsters were due to compete in South Yorkshire’s biggest school sport event today.

Pupils from 400 schools in Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley have qualified for the South Yorkshire School Games 2013 winter finals.

The event, organised by South Yorkshire Sport, returns to the English Institute of Sport with a day of Olympic-style school sport.

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.

Almost 200 gold medals were due to be awarded throughout the day, with the event supported by 100 volunteers.

Circus acts and performers were also due to be entertaining youngsters at the venue.

Nick Bowen, chairman of the South Yorkshire School Games, said the games was ‘key’ to building on the legacy of the Olympics.

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