Badminton finals event a hit with the pupils

Young North Tyneside badminton players taking part in a final at John Spence Community College-(left to right) Rachel Spratt from Seaton Burn College, Ryan Proud from John Spence Community High School, Niamh Henderson from Marden Bridge Middle School and Connor Peebles from Churchill Community College.

Young North Tyneside badminton players taking part in a final at John Spence Community College-(left to right) Rachel Spratt from Seaton Burn College, Ryan Proud from John Spence Community High School, Niamh Henderson from Marden Bridge Middle School and Connor Peebles from Churchill Community College.

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FOUR North Tyneside schools went head to head with more than a hundred pupils at the Tyne and Wear School Games badminton final last week.

The event, part of the Centre Parcs National School Championships, saw girls’ teams from Marden Bridge Middle School and Seaton Burn College take part, alongside boys’ teams from John Spence Community High School and Churchill Community College.

Unfortunately none of the four North Tyneside teams finished in the medal places, however, borough participants still enjoyed the day.

John Spence pupil Ryan Proud, 13, said: “I really like the competitiveness of the games. It’s great to be able to meet people from other schools and play against them.”

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Pratt, from Seaton Burn College, said: “I think sport is important. As well as being on the girls’ badminton team, I play golf and volleyball outside of school.”

School Games co-ordinator Claire Elliott, from Tyne & Wear Sport, said: “The School Games are part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and the aim is to give every pupil the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

“The badminton event was a huge success and a great day was had by all.

“Well done to all those who qualified as the enthusiasm of the competitors is what makes these events so special. I’d also like to say a big thank you to the young leaders from St Thomas More, who helped with officiating and scoring.”

For more on the School Games visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org