School children’s summer of sport

Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire
Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire

Hundreds of South Yorkshire school children took part in an Olmypics-style event - to celebrate the ‘summer of sport.’

700 youngesters from schools in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster gathered at Horizon Community College, in Barnsley, to compete in the 2016 South Yorkshire School Games Summer Festival.

Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire

Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire

Former England international hockey player, Charlotte Hartley, was on hand to officially open the Games following a traditional athletes’ parade.

Primary and secondary age pupils competed in six events - tennis, golf, cricket, SEND golf and cricket - for children special educational needs and disabilities - and an adventure challenge.

The event, supported by a team of 70 volunteers, also included a multi-sport Change 4 Life festival.

Sheffield schools were the big winners coming away with 19 medals – five golds, six silvers and eight bronze.

Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire

Olympic-style competition marks summer of sport in South Yorkshire

Meadowhead School and Tapton School pupils picked up three medals each.

There were seven medals for Rotherham schools, Doncaster won six and Barnsley were awarded four.

Simon Pugh, development manager for South Yorkshire Sport, which organises the Games, said: “We’ve hosted the Games every year since 2012 as part of the legacy of the London Olympics and, once again, it was a fantastic occasion and display of competitive sport.

“It was inspiring to see the talent and team work on show but, importantly, the young people supporting each other across the different events.”

Ahead of the Summer Festival, 350 pupils from South Yorkshire schools also took part in two standalone sporting finals in Barnsley – orienteering at Cannon Hall and athletics at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre.

It follows the 2016 South Yorkshire School Games Winter Festival at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield in March.