Let the games commence as school teams aim for glory

Around 1,000 young people are set to take part in this year’s Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games Event, hosted at Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill.

The multi-sport event will see more than 100 teams from schools across Derbyshire competing in 11 competitions on Tuesday, July 8. Heritage High School in Clowne and Eckington Cricket Club will also play host to some of the competitions.

Youngsters will be tackling sports such as mini tennis, mini tennis plus, Quadkids athletics, cricket, cyclo cross, grass track cycling, Tri-Golf, Super Sixes golf plus, boccia plus and rounders.

The Derbyshire School Games will involve pupils from primary, secondary and special schools from across the county.

Among those taking part is a team from Belper School and Sixth Form Centre, representing Amber Valley Schools Sport Partnership in the rounders section.

County Competition Officer Craig Homer said: “The Derbyshire School Games Event is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which is linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is designed to motivate and enthuse all young people to take part in competitive sport.

“It will give many pupils the opportunity to compete at county level for the first time and will be a real celebration of sport with an opening ceremony, music, dance and sporting stars, and I’m sure it will inspire them to keep playing and competing.”

The event is the culmination of the Derbyshire School Games Championships running throughout the school year. County finals have already been held in a number of sports, including table tennis, futsal, badminton, indoor rowing and netball.

Winning schools have included The Ecclesbourne School, William Gilbert Endowed Primary, and Duffield’s the Meadows Primary School from Amber Valley.