Northumberland students take part in own Olympic Games

Hundreds of youngsters have battled it out to compete in their own Olympic Games.

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 9:02 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 10:18 am

More than 1,600 students from all over the county took part in the Northumberland School Games, held at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington and the Sporting Club Cramlington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Organised by Active Northumberland, Northumberland Sport, School Games Organisers and head teachers, youngsters competed in 21 competitions featuring 10 different sports including volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, athletics and rugby.

North-east sporting champions – boxer Glenn McCrory, Olympic gymnast Craig Heap and World Cup rugby star Tamara Taylor – took part in an opening ceremony featuring a parade of the athletes and stayed to cheer on the next generation of sports stars.

Marie-Anne Dowson, event manager, said: “The Games were the culmination of hundreds of qualifying competitions that have been taken place all across the county.

“The two days were a chance for young people not just to compete but also be inspired, celebrate achievements and enjoy being part of the biggest school sports event of the year.”

Glenn McGrory, who is also Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland and Education Network Sporting Ambassador, said: “I was delighted to be at the Fifth Northumberland School Games, which build on the success of the previous years.”

The Northumberland School Games are supported by partners Education Network, Cramlington Town Council and Music Partnership North.

A special closing ceremony on Wednesday saw the event brought to a close.